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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’.

 

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!

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.

ANDRÉ 1Album Cover Art and visual identity is by Ricardo Magrão.

Alagbe is available on digital platforms, like here:

https://SMB.lnk.to/AlagbeAlbum

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

 

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