Reconnecting with African culture on screen – Beyonce Lemonade

Reconnecting with African culture on screen – Beyonce Lemonade

From my perspective over the last decade it seems like there has been a recent wave of ‘reconnection’ between African American Artists and their African Roots. In recent cases, Afro beat Artists  (especially from Nigeria) have been provided a platform to work with popular African American artists on hit songs. The most recent example is(…)

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Start-ups in Africa : Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)

Start-ups in Africa : Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)

As Africa plays catchup with the rest of the big players in Tech, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), is making attempts to establish an African silicon valley.  Introduced to Ghana in 2008, MEST is a non-profit arm of San Francisco-based Meltwater Group and it provides entrepreneurs in Africa with a 12 month training in software development,(…)

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African History: The Yoruba Numerical system

African History: The Yoruba Numerical system

  The Yoruba people;  predominantly found in present day South-west Nigeria developed a complex numeral system that is vigesimal in nature. What is Vigesimal?  Vigesimal is a numerical system based on twenty (20) , it is the opposite of what we have today – which is  the decimal based system, a numerical system that is(…)

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Sony Music heads to Africa

Sony Music heads to Africa

Embed from Getty Images West Africa has a population of 340 million, and Nigeria alone has 150 million of that. It’s a very big country that has historically had a very large music market That is a quote from Sony’s president of Northern/Eastern Europe & Africa, Adam Granite.  It seems that their current focus is the(…)

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Poetry : ‘Only a Black Woman’

Poetry : ‘Only a Black Woman’

ONLY A BLACK WOMAN Can wear the hell out of spandex Can raise a doctor, a world class athlete and an A+ student in an environment deemed by society as dysfunctional, broken underprivileged And disenfranchised. Can heat a whole house in the winter without help from the gas company. Can go from the boardroom to(…)

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Girl with Ocean Eyes

Girl with Ocean Eyes

Location: Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo We met this young girl while travelling in the city of Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her piercing blue eyes immediately caught my attention and I had to capture them with a picture. I later learned that she most likely has Waardenburg syndrome, a condition often characterized by piercing blue eyes and(…)

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Art: Daughters of Diaspora, by Ojo Agi

Art: Daughters of Diaspora, by Ojo Agi

Daughters of Diaspora is an exploration on the complexity of identifying with a single culture when you are a product of two or more. With this project, I want to establish a space where I can identify with each of those cultures without having to assimilate, and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Over(…)

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Music of the day : Daddy Lumba – Yentie Obia

The actual title of this song is “Nea woho beto wo” but music lovers in Ghana refer to it as “Yentia Obiaa” This song contains beautiful melodies that make you want to move your body to the rhythmic beats. To paraphrase, the word YEN TIA OBIAA simply means “We will not listen to anyone,  You only live(…)

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Art: Nigerian painter showcases his beautiful paintings

Art: Nigerian painter showcases his beautiful paintings

    Amazing isn’t it? These are the works of Oresegun Olumide, a 35-year old Lagos artist who specializes in oil paintings. He learnt his trade (Finae Art) at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and began painting professionally in 2008. Since uploading some of his paintings on social media, he has garnered a lot of(…)

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