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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)

 

Vodun or Voodoo festival celebrated every January in Ouidah Benin is a testament of Beninese’ resilience and commitment to their ancestral spirituality. The practice which is often misunderstood and painted in bad light was once banned by the West African nation’s imperialist oppressors until 1994. In 1996 it was declared one of Benin’s national religions; seeing as sixty percent of the country’s population continue to practice it, sometimes alongside Islam and Christianity.

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The ancient belief is practiced by over 60 million people worldwide.

In the festival devotees give offerings to ancestral spirits, ask for peace and blessings with rituals led by the Vodun Chief priest in Ouidah. They also pray at the sea for the souls of those who were forced into slavery some hundreds of years ago. Ouidah, like Nigeria’s Badagry was a major port of transportation of millions of people who were stolen from Africa’s Western region. These Africans are responsible for the export of the spiritual practice in some other parts of the world like Haiti, Cuba, America, Brazil and the United States.

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Leke Alabi-Isama a documentary photographer from Nigeria attended this year’s edition of the vibrant and energetic festival, and was gracious enough to share some of his shots from the event.

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To see more from the artist, check out his website below, and also subscribe to our blog.

http://www.alabiisama.com/

 

 

If you own a growing business or perhaps a money maker idea and need some financial support and training from qualified persons this here could be your big break.

Nigerian economist, entrepreneur and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu is investing one hundred million USD into selected budding businesses across Africa.

The philanthropist who is recognized as one of Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People has called for applications for this year. You have until 33 days if you are interested. Click the link below for details

Goodluck.

http://tonyelumelufoundation.org/programme/

In keeping to one of our major themes of showing the best of Africa, and the rest of the world, we caught up with an artist on the rise, from Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Accra based POETRA ASANTEWA is a strong example of human and artistic metamorphosis. She has come a long way from the shy girl who was hesitant to take the microphone at an event we attended at Nubuke foundation in Ghana almost 7 years ago, to a fully fledged poet; writer; singer and more.

Poetra is evolving into an artist whose endeavors cannot be tamed. Her lyrics are unafraid; unbridled; passionate and yes, explicit – this lady owns her womanhood and sexuality hundred percent, a necessity for the progress of women, and women artists in Africa and elsewhere.

We are also proud of her entrepreneurial spirit. Her fashion label, ALIKOTO Clothing produces authentic and exciting Ghanaian fashion that matches all kinds of personalities and pockets. When Ama Asantewa Diaka isn’t being Poetra; the fashion designer and singer, you can catch her doing geeky tech stuff with computers. AFRIKAJUMP caught up with her to ask about some of her plans in 2017 and her wonderful work, in 7 questions. Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMP- When did you realize you could make magic with words?

POETRA- I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember; my earliest memory of writing was when I was in class 4 and my classmates gave me empty exercise books to fill it with short stories. I always thought it was ordinary, I never thought my writing was a big deal until I started getting huge feedback after sharing my work on social media. So I guess, that was the moment of self-actualization; that was when I realized I could make magic with words

AFRIKAJUMP- In your piece with Akan, ‘Vote for me’ you were very vocal about corrupt Politicians in your society. In a world where many feel it is safer to keep quiet, why is it important to you to use your art for activism, and in speaking against societal ills?

POETRA- All we have is art, to be very honest.  Art distills, art reveals, art hides in plain sight when needed, art tells the truth. And as an artist I am obliged to be honest with my art, and for my art to be relevant to my community. I cannot imagine creating work that does not directly or indirectly affect my community. There is nothing safe about being silent or turning a blind eye on issues.

 AFRIKAJUMP- What challenges in your work made/make you throw your hands in the air, in a rage? And how do you deal with it?

POETRA- In Ghana, I don’t have the luxury to be just an artist. I have to be artist, promoter, organizer, sponsor, event coordinator – I have to be it all. And it is frustrating having to be all these things in order to get your art out there. But the desire to just create is an urge that never goes away. And that keeps me going.

AFRIKAJUMP- In 2015 you released your first spoken word EP ‘Motherfuckitude’ and it clearly announced you in your home country and beyond. What inspired it?

POETRA- Motherfuckitude is the result of coming from a place of struggle and emotional imbalance. It was a project to override my limitations, insecurities and ineptitude.

AFRIKAJUMP- You are a tech person who designs, edits, floats a fashion label amongst other interests, how has having several skills impacted your work as an artist?

POETRA- Having different skills means that each interest or skill seeps into the other. It means that my attention for detail is seen both in my writing and my designing; it also means that I struggle to juggle all these interests, but the struggle ultimately feeds into inspiration for more art.

AFRIKAJUMP- Any past, present or future project(s) you would like us to know about?

POETRA- Working on releasing a lot of new material this year, and working on my album!

AFRIKAJUMP- Can you try to describe your city in one word? Okay two words max.

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 To get lost in the words and voice of this artist check her Soundcloud page. You can get updates, LIKE her Facebook page. ❤

https://www.facebook.com/PoetraAsantewa/