Seriously witty Nigerian writer and entrepreneur Onyeka Nwelue, is our guest today on 7 Questions.

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With a new movie and books to promote, Onyeka is busier than ever, which is also why we really appreciate his generosity to AFRIKAJUMP. Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMPOnyeka, you were recently in Ghana, promoting your work. What one thing did you leave the Ghanaians with and can you also tell us one thing you learned/took from Ghana?

ONYEKA: I don’t know what impact I would have made on the Ghanaians but I know that there is a colonial problem in West Africa. We have accepted mental defeat. The colonialists have messed with our brains. What I take away and learned is that we are all still slaves of the Europeans!

AJ– Deep. What inspired you to make your film Agwaetiti Obiụtọ?

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ONYEKA: Oguta inspired it. Oguta was developed way early and the roads tarred. Now, they don’t have electricity, no bank, no ATM and no hospital. I needed to create a book and a film that would address the issue of neglect.

AJ– Thank you. Congratulations are in place for you Onyeka. You recently survived an accident that impacted your mobility yet have continued to work and inspire. How do you manage to put out new work and be here and there doing things you love to do best inspite of your health challenges?

ONYEKA: When I had the accident, I read what people wrote online. Like Nairaland and many other websites. People were genuinely happy I had accident and said it was karma, that it was God’s anger because I am not a Christian and because I don’t take it lightly with people when I talk about issues. They were happy I had been gotten out of the way. So, I work tirelessly to make them uncomfortable. I am here to sadden the lives of many disgruntled people.

AJ– I love that. Keep on, brother.

We all love Prof. Soyinka, but can you tell us a bit about your mutual and special love for him? And if you had to absolutely recommend just one of his works, which would it be?

ONYEKA: The Man Died. That is the book. That is the real deal. You know, this man did not want the civil war to happen. He was thrown into jail by Gowon because of that. He was in Kirikiri when my relative, Gogo Chy Nzeribe died. Right in his presence.

Soyinka genuinely loves the Igbo tribe and wants anything that will make them happy. So, I have chosen to love him that way. See how he loves Okey Ndibe, who shares same initials as me. I am blabbing but he loves Igbos just like Fela Kuti did and Seun Kuti. This is one family. I don’t know what it is but I am attached to my tribe.

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AJ– Beautiful. Let’s say you are a doctor Onyeka, and Nigeria was your patient, how would that prescription/treatment go in your first session?

ONYEKA– There is a group of politicians, who are like viruses and diseases that we need to get rid of.

AJ– What top advice would you give a budding writer and entrepreneur?

ONYEKA: Keep struggling. Things will fall in place.

AJ– That was comforting. Any pearls of wisdom you’d like to leave us with?

ONYEKA: Don’t give up when things get tough. But find another way to solve your problems.

AJ– Thank you, my friend.

ONYEKA- You’re welcome.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR Agwaetiti Obiụtọ HERE

All images by the interviewee.
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Rant of the week is a new segment of AFRIKAJUMP where we basically bring you constructive rants by mostly Africans on Africa and the rest of the World as concerns the ranters. Phew.

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This segment will be unending, we predict.

Today’s rant is amply supplied by Maburuzo, a Nigerian in disapora. Enjoy…?

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“One of the pleasant surprises I had when I first came to Brazil was meeting a woman president, seeing a woman poet on their money and finding out all their passports and documents first had your mother’s family name before finally your fathers.
I immediately knew nobody will call me ASHAWO! No matter what I wear here.

As someone from a region in Africa that has sworn to uphold and carry patriarchy on it’s head perpetually I was impressed.

Recently me and some friends were talking and they couldn’t believe in Nigeria, mothers’ family name didn’t appear on any of our sh/t. When you think about it, it really is incredulous, because there are many cases when the man doesn’t know if he is the father of the child, but WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, the mother is the mother.

So I am not shocked when our senior Naija men cannot pass ordinary gender equality bill. It seems they have 200 more years to go in their imbecility and lack of vision, and we the Nigerian people ALWAYS help them.”

#Culture #Politics #Societaldifferences #Nigeria #Brazil #Women #Gender#Equality #WomenRights

The venue was the historical Pelourinho in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on Sunday 12th of August. It was the close of a book festival and the afternoon till late evening was alive with music, color and culture, right in front of the Jorge Amado foundation.

The event featured Salvador’s Afrosymphonic Orchestra, Mario Uolla, Gabriel Batatinha, Doudou Rose from Senegal, Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili, Monica Millet, Bira Reis, and many more cool cats.

In this clip, legendary Baiana Percussionist Monica Millet and her all female group- Mestras do Saberes play Samba Reggae in the company of Baiano Percussionist- Anderson Souza, /RIGHT/ whose father was one of the founders of OLODUM, the group which in addition to many feats choreographed Michael Jackson’s ‘They don’t really care about us’, another legend- Bira Reis plays the Sax, and Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili sings in Yoruba.

Enjoy, and PEACEEEE.

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The opportunity is sponsored by The Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Link below-

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PEACE.

Fans and disciples of Nigerian music are no strangers to Augustine Ahmedu, more popularly known as Blackface, co-founder of one of Nigeria’s foremost RnB group ‘Plantashun Boiz’.

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With the success and later hiatus of the group, Blackface went solo and created his first solo album ‘Ghetto Child’, a masterpiece that showed the artist in a more serious light, as not just a lover-man but a conscious Nigerian who is truly concerned about the politics and social issues in his country.

In the wake of the seemingly incessant killings presently happening in Nigeria’s middle belt, and even more disheartening, the government’s lukewarm attitude in arresting the problem, he used his creativity to create more awareness of the issue.26733584_10216348500245330_6249550245603772562_n.jpg

Blackface released the song STOP THE KILLINGS, and has followed it up with a video, to further propagate the message. We are proud of you Augustine, and wish you more successes.

Watch the video here, and please spread the message. NOW is the time to hold our ‘leaders’ accountable, after-all we are in a ‘Democracy’.

 

We regret to make our first post of the year on a dark note, but hey this is life. Sometimes we really have no choice but to go with its flow.

South African Jazz Maestro Hugh Masekela has passed away peacefully at the beautiful age of 78.

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This one really hurts.

If you never knew about the artist until now, you’ll be doing yourself a solid one by clicking on the youtube video below and further looking him up.

Hugh, we are thankful for your music, activism, pan-Africanism and will also miss your humor in this strange world.

Journey well.

 

 

Photos by The Guardian and Getty Images.

The year 2017 like its predecessors was full of twists and turns and laughs and tears but WE ARE HERE STILL, and that’s what matters most.

AFRIKAJUMP is thankful for your support, and like The Roots crew, we plan to proceed and continue…to rock our..blog mic. Hehehehe.

Many blessings in the coming year people. Here’s our 2017 in a summary. Join us for a bigger and better experience in 2018. Ashe for us!