Afrikajump celebrates with Nigeria’s first ever women Bob sled team which has qualified for the Winter Olympics. The trio of Seun Adigun (driver) and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed all five of their required qualifying races to become the first African team, men or women, to qualify for the sport in the 2018 games that takes place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Yeah!

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photo from Bellanaija

For those who don’t know, these women were responsible for chasing after this huge feat independently. It is not a secret that Nigeria’s sport federation is mostly focused on soccer- and we use the word ‘focused’ loosely because Nigeria’s football has been plagued with in house politics and corruption, which has been hugely detrimental to the sport in the country.

The women funded and pursued this dream while juggling higher studies in medicine until their exploits built them a following of supporters like Nigerian British actor John Boyega.

At some point in their quest, they fashioned sleds from wood, to train and practice in their Houston Texas base. It paid off.

Their feat also made more people (like us ) aware that there is a Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria. We at Afrikajump can admit we had no idea. We became aware when the officials of the association suddenly started granting interviews commending the ladies. /side eye/.

We commend these outstanding women too and shall keep you posted on their future feats right here.

Congrats Africa!

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Today, November 10 in Nigeria’s history, specifically in 1995 left a lasting mark which still continues to shape and alter the destinies of millions, for bad. It left progressive Nigerians and Africans bereaved, and is a constant reminder of how terrible governments and sub par governance  have deprived Africa of some of her most illustrious children.

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Photo by Zina Saro Wiwa- Facebook.

Ken Saro Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) for those who don’t know, was a Nigerian writer who also produced for Television.

He was a prominent environmental activist. His native home Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta region had been a hub for extracting crude oil since the 1950s- an action that consequently severely destroyed the environment.  

As president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa and his group often peacefully protested against these oil companies, (primarily SHELL). He wasn’t afraid of criticizing Nigeria’s government especially as it was obvious that they were in partnership with these foreign oil companies (that ruin and rape the land, leaving the people poorer and sick), and so were reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on these foreign bodies.

General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s then dictator president couldn’t stand Saro’s guts and eventually had him murdered after falsely accusing him for things he did not do.

The execution shocked the world and provoked international outcry with some good things being withheld from Nigeria by the rest of the world, until Abacha (thankfully) died.

This post is a tribute to Ken Saro Wiwa who will live forever. 

Here’s one of the many ways he remains with us.

Brazilian musician Andre Sampaio  released his latest Album, Alagbe today, November 3rd 2017. Great things happen in November!

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The 13 track work is Andre’s second studio album and a testament of his creativity and in conjunction with his band Os Afromandinga. The versatility in culture  and music styles with deep homage to Africa and African spirituality embedded in the album is inspirational and uplifting. Alagbe is a sweet Africa and South America union and has all the ingredients of a modern Afro-Rock classic.

 Alagbe means the guardian of Candomblé‘s sacred music.  Candomblé is a an African spiritual belief system brought from Africa to Brazil by enslaved people from West Africa.

The production of Alagbe has heavyweights like Cris Scabello of Bixiga 70, Victor Rice and more, and featured musicians like Mauricio Fleury, Roberto Barreto from Baiana System, Poet Nelson Maca, Sekou Diarra from Burkina Faso, Lenna Bahule (Mozambique) and Nigerian singer Okwei Odili.

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Alagbe is available on digital platforms, like here:

https://SMB.lnk.to/AlagbeAlbum

It is distributed by Planet Music Brazil / Sony Music Brasil.

 

Funk, Jazz, Afrobeat and Highlife musician and composer Segun Bucknor passed away yesterday, August 11. He was 71.

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The gifted instrumentalist and journalist added his quota to Nigeria’s bustling and rising music scene of the 60’s and 70’s with musical masterpieces like Love and affection, Dye Dye, You’re killing me, Adebo, Ayinde Ogo, Smoke and many other carefully crafted tunes.

He will be terribly missed. In the link below he plays his wicked funky tune- Love and affection. Sleep well sir.

The post is by Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili in collaboration with Goethe Institute Lagos and Insibidi Institute in honor of World Music Day 2017.

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Read here-

http://nsibidiinstitute.org/sound-is-powerful-and-unending/

PHOTO BY SILVIA LEMIE

 

 

It was a great weekend for Nigeria in the world of sports, with the spectacular win of London born Nigerian, Anthony Joshua who clinched the Heavyweight boxing title after an impressive win against Russian opponent Wladimir Klitschko in Wembley.

Anthony Joshua famously declared that the secret of his success is the delicious Nigerian meal- Eba and Egusi soup. (Google it if you don’t know).

His honest revelation thrilled Nigerians and West Africans, and makes us love him even more. It also gives credence to our long held belief that there is something special about Eba. Indeed a food of champions.

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(image courtesy the telegraph)

And in the Bahamas at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017, Nigeria emerged victorious in their game against Mexico. The game almost ended in a draw until Nigeria’s Sand Eagles number 8, Abu Azeez delivered a stunning goal, elevating Nigeria to the champion status. Here’s wishing him and the rest of the team success in the tournament.

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(photo courtesy Abu)

 

Happy World Dance Day 2017!

In celebration of this day our guest is Nigeria’s Qudus Onikeku, one of Africa’s finest dancer and choreographer. Qudus is the founder of Qdance Academy in Lagos, and did us proud at this year’s  Biennale du Val de Marne in March.

Here’s his message on this day.

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Happy World Dance Day!

In the beginning wasn’t the word, in the beginning was MOVEMENT. The word was initially a thought in the mind of God, a moment within a sacred Dance in God’s mind, a moment of desire to create, to assemble and to recreate. It is within this “desire,” its metamorphoses, its sight, hearing, sense of smell, taste, touch – in short, its expressive power– that we mortals DANCE and CREATE.

In our beginning was MOVEMENT. A gush of sperm, a speed towards the ovum, and a continuous evolution which began, till it became blood, till it became a piece of meat, till it became a toad like creature, till it became a fetus, till it became a baby, till it became a child, till it became an adolescent and naive, till it became adult and restless, till it became old and experienced, till it became weary and frail, till it loses life, till it became dead, till it became corpse and degenerated, till it became worms, till it became insects and the MOVEMENT never cease to be.

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To connect with Qudus, peep his website

http://www.qudusonikeku.com/

Check out this excerpt of his piece “My exile is in my head”