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Aboh Kingdom is a vibrant city along the coast of the Niger River and home to the headquarters of Ndokwa East Local Government Area in Delta State Nigeria. It is also home to late highlife music phenomenon, Ali Chukwuma., amidst rising stars like Okwei Odili, and Uti of Big Brother Nigeria fame amongst others. YEAH!

photo by Aboh Kingdom Website

This highly cultural and musical people of Aboh are said to have migrated from Benin kingdom, during the reign of Oba Ozolua, towards the end of the 15th century.

Also famed for warriors, and natural resources, the people of Aboh and those from elsewhere congregate every March, to celebrate Ojeh festival amidst parades, boat regatta and parties in the town.

Here are some scenes from this year’s Ojeh. We hope to make a more comprehensive video of the festival next year, as this one barely does justice to this amazing beauty of/in Nigeria, Africa.

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Are you an African artist of Sculpting, Photography, Writing, Mixed media, Film making and Textile arts who needs a break from your norm to create in quietude?

If yes, you might want to apply for Kehinde Wiley’s artist residency in Senegal ASAP. You just might get the chance to create from his studio in this project he’s been planning for the past 10 years. Yeah it’s going to be dope.

Kehinde Wiley, in case you don’t know is a Nigerian-American visual artist famed for his genial naturalist works where he paints mainly people of African descent very vividly. Like this-

By Kehinde Wiley

Mind blowing right? In true cool genius fashion, the artist is giving back to the motherland through his call for artists, until April 15th 2019.

Check out the link here and good luck!

See more of Mr. Wiley’s works here

Stunning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has written a children’s book entitled Sulwe. The cute book tells the story of a little girl who was uncomfortable in her skin until she had a turning point.

From Lupita’s Facebook

The talented actress who holds a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama is the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award. This came off her first feature film role in the critically acclaimed and well received film ‘12 Years a Slave.’

Photo from Lupita’s facebook.

Lupita excitedly broke her book news on her Facebook page with the caption beneath the picture.

From Lupita’s Facebook

I wrote a book! It’s called #Sulwe! This is the cover! I’m thrilled to share it with you. Sulwe is out October 1 and is available for pre-order today at the link in bio! The extraordinary Vashti Harrison Illustration illustrated the story. I wrote #Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in & to see the beauty that radiates from within.

We can’t have enough of books that are especially targeted at African girls and by extension, boys and everyone, so congrats are in order for Miss Nyong’o. Way to go.

Guys, pre order Sulwe here

Nigerian AfroJazz/FolkSoul singer and songwriter TOSINGER has released the video for her beautiful song- Flowers. Yeah!

By Lola Scott

Death is a theme that we mostly tend to avoid in life’s journey, even with the knowledge that it is a final certainty for everything that lives, so it is refreshing to hear one more beautiful song that reminds us to appreciate and enjoy these moments we have breath.

Flowers especially encourages us to appreciate those people that matter to us while we have them and vice versa. To quote the artist;

“ “Don’t give me flowers when I’m dead, where is the love while I live”. People tend to celebrate friends and families, celebrities, when they are dead and gone, where is the love while they were alive? “

Tosinger, who is credited for creative works like ‘FINALLY’ released in 2012 and ‘Afrospire’ in 2013 independently released her original full studio debut album titled ‘Organically Singing’ in 2015 which is currently available on all major digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

By Simeon Fabunmi

She was inspired to write Flowers as she reflected on life and seeing social media commentaries after people have passed.  People type accolades where the deceased may have never heard a word of while they were alive, and take fresh and beautiful flowers to the graveyard where the deceased cannot smell it anymore. It is for this reason the video was shot at a cemetery.

Watch Flowers below-

Flowers by Lloyd Mackayi

According to the artist, flowers are a symbol of life, and should be for the living. I agree.

So what are we waiting for, guys? Let’s give out flowers, today.

….and connect with Tosinger here-

http://www.tosinger.com

@Tosinger on all social media platforms.

“Imagine a world where everything you ever dreamed of was at your fingertips. Well, that’s how I imagined music would be but…”

The quote above was on March 20th made by Nigerian Singer- Waje Iruobe, followed by a Youtube link to her mini documentary where she talks about her struggles in the music business and seriously contemplates quitting. The video is entitled ‘Music is not for me’.

Quite absurd to me because she is music.

53461681_10156020601932124_3468593022491426816_oPhoto- Artist’s page.

Waje is a household name in Nigeria and beyond, a vocal powerhouse. Blessed with beauty and incredible talent, her come up in the Nigerian/African music scene is inspiring and praise worthy, and so, it was quite the surprise when the artist of such status made that post.

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It is also really understandable when that artist is from Nigeria.

And when the artist is a woman in Nigeria, then it is really, really, understandable.

Let’s be honest, it is one thing for an industry to lack structure- also made worse by a government that is too lazy (and ignorant) to see the potential of Nigerian creatives and invest in them, but lack of structure is not an excuse for a government that really wants to support its country’s artists, by the way.

Forgive the digression.

One of Waje’s Smash hits ‘I wish’

It is one thing I said, for an industry to lack structure, BUT adequate and proper gender representation is another thing. I cannot think of any yearly women’s music festival in Lagos.

We need spaces/more spaces in Nigeria where women musicians are respected and valued, given opportunities, at festivals, shows and artistic events, free from harassment of any kind and supported to function as the intelligent beings they are. We need more forward thinking show organizers and promoters.

Waje’s cry goes beyond her. It is the echo of the everyday un-famous Nigerian youth. We can’t keep going on with no plans and directions. Where are the music and art schools? When last did Nigerian government contract local and even international artists to give free shows to the people? Will they ever see and treat us as people?

Watch Waje’s documentary here-

Afrikajump wishes this diva clarity and success in her music/life’s journey in which she still has a long way to go, with more hits.

You’re too legit to quit, sis.

Connect with Waje here-

Fb  https://www.facebook.com/officialWAJE/

YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAw8Sy1F4nsb7CX1rblJ96w

INSTA https://www.instagram.com/officialwaje/

                                                                                                                         Story by Mmaburuzò.

YESSSS!

In our last post we talked about Brazil’s month of Black consciousness, which is November. We also told you we’ll be celebrating our cultural heritage by having FOUR concerts this November, one every Saturday at Gamboa Nova theatre. Re- NIGERIAN SINGER AND GUEST ARTISTS TO HEADLINE OUR PARTIES FOR MONTH OF AFRICAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN SALVADOR BRAZIL.

We had the very first on the third of November and it was just fantastic.

Okwei and her band Aweto, thrilled and entertained guests with her compositions influenced by African rhythms interwoven with contemporary styles of elsewhere and Brazil. The singer and band also did some covers celebrating musical greats like Lionel Richie, Miriam Makeba, Tim Maia and Ben E King.

Fagunde Fotografia was on hand to capture some of the priceless moments.

Here, the band performs Okwei’s ‘Fool for you’.

Our Next party is on Saturday the 10th and features our main acts Okwei Odili and Aweto Band, with the ecclectic reggae queen Vivi Akwaba in company of her band. Tickets at venue and on Sympla http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

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We are excited to be having our first ever party or parties as it is, celebrating the Month of African consciousness – or in Brazil- “Mês da Consciência Negra” or Black Month – Mês negro.

On November 20 this day is celebrated officially, and is alternatively called ‘Dia Nacional de Zumbi’- National Day of Zumbi.

#HISTORYTIP Zumbi (1655-1695) is a historic figure in Brazil, particularly for African-Brazilians. He gave his life in his fight and revolt against slavery. A real champ.

As you may know, besides Nigeria, Brazil is the second country with the most humans of African origin. Where better to also have our parties, right?

As we are immensely proud of our roots, we will be putting up four shows in November- each Saturday at Gamboa Nova Theatre, our principal partner for the project. Special thanks to our media support, TVE Bahia and Educadora FM.

To kick off this party entitled FESTA AFRIKAJUMP! Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili and her band AWETO will present shows in company of other invited artists, amazing musicians like Fabiana Rasta, Vivi Akwaba, Jôh Ras, Teekay Omoyele, Normando Mendes, Lalo Aleman, Bobo Tafari, Suyá Nascimento and more. We are so excited!!!

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All shows start at 19HS PROMPT. COME if you are in Salvador.

We shall keep you posted!

Also don’t forget to check out our facebook, there are gems there too fam.

https://www.facebook.com/AfrikajumpWorldwide/

Want to be part of the festivities? Get tickets-

NOV 3- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

NOV 10- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

PEACE!