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You treat love like a sport.

As if it were a hunting trophy.

After you win,

You forget it on a dusty shelf.

Why does a black man have to do this to a black woman?


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“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.

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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.

The 33rd Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil officially opened to the public on September 7th, 2018 and AFRIKAJUMP was right in the thick of Ibirapuera Park- home to the massive Bienal building, for all the action- okay, most of it.

Ibirapuera park is famed for being the most visited park in South America.

ibi41214ephoto credit- trekearth.com

TIPS- #Surely bring your cameras to capture the greenery, art and of course, birds.

#Wear running shoes.

#Try the restaurants in the park.

For an entire week Afrikajump had a blast in Sampa (nickname for SP) getting up-close and sometimes personal with artists and their work, and once we did party. Responsibly.

According to its organizers, the 32nd edition of the global event which exhibits some of the most interesting artworks from around the world- over 600 of them this year, traveled to 13 venues (2 of them abroad), reaching at least 650,000 people.

This year, the foundation hand-selected Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to curate, and then seven other artists were invited to do likewise, namely Mamma Andersson, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, Alejandro Cesarco, Claudia Fontes, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Ogunji, a visual artist of Nigerian and American heritage and her group of selected artists and collaborators brought rays of light, diversity and womanity to the event. Her curated work entitled Sempre, nunca [Always, never], involves selected artists like Lhola Amira- South Africa,  Mame-Diarra Niang- Ivory Coast/Senegal,  Nicole Vlado- US/Puerto Rico, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze- Nigeria, and Youmna Chlala- Lebanon/US.

According to Wura,“Their creative investigations range from the intimate (body, memory, gesture) to the epic (history, country, cosmos),”

She added that the six artists are presenting new artworks that explore space and place in relation to the body, to history and to architecture, and that their work was developed in a dialogue among artists, their individual projects and practices inter-cross ideas and questions about courage, freedom and experimentation, key aspects of the artistic process.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-21 at 00.37.33‘The sea and it’s raining. I missed you so much’ 2018. By Wura Ogunji on display at the Bienal.
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Wura besides expressing through drawings, videos and public performances often explores the presence of women in public spaces in collaboration with other women, and this was seen also on Sunday September 9th , where dozens of Brazilian and African women donned black attires and eventually transformed into gorgeous dresses made of richly colored African prints in a performance ‘Dias de ser livre’ or in English, ‘Days of being free’. It was presented by 20 women and with the participation of the public.

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We appreciated most of the art and expressions at the event, and are happy to say our top pick for 2018’s Bienal is undoubtedly Wura Ogunji with her African queens.

Their works network and connect to create a melting point of healing, reflection, serenity and strong hope. Days of being free was a hit, drawing in the public to that all familiar situation of struggles which give way to victories, ease and peace.

And to further cream our desserts, check out the women’s musical compilation playlist for their project. It made us fiercer fans.

Listen here

http://www.33.bienal.org.br/pt/playlist-detalhe/5303

Artworks can now be seen at the Bienal building in Ibirapuera park until early December, consult  with Bienal site to know more.

http://33.bienal.org.br/en/

Photos from Days of being free. Credits/ Fabiola Antunes, Wura Ogunji, Ana Lu Sanches.

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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