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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)

 

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”

Liberian singer resident in Accra Ghana, Gloria Johnson AKA Lady Glow has launched the video of her new catchy tune GAYO. It is the first single off her coming album, and features Xali Hali and Wanlov Kubolor.

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GAYO treats the ears to a sweet blend of Ghana highlife with the feel of Soukous and Makossa, inspiring us to twist our waists and let our hair down. It is produced by King dee and mixed by Pidgen music boss, Panji Anoff.

GAYO means Creativity, and here’s wishing Lady Glow and her team many decades of it.

Listen and download the track here-

https://soundcloud.com/user-996722006/lady-glow-gayo-ft-xali-hali-wanlov-the-kubolor

To be in touch with Lady Glow, connect with her on Instagram and Facebook

https://www.instagram.com/lady__glow/

https://www.facebook.com/LadyGlowBlackdotcom/

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AND NOW, AFRIKAJUMP PREMIERES GAYO VIDEO DIRECTED BY WANLOV KUBOLOR IN, 4…3….2…1..

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The amazing musical couple in Nigeria, 2017.

Ayetoro, Afrobeat and Jazz ensemble from Nigeria is not alien to avid Afrobeat lovers. The band founded by pianist Funsho Ogundipe has consistently churned out great music for well over a decade and is not relenting.

The eclectic band with members from Nigeria, Ghana and the UK has seen singers like Asa, Okwei Odili, Teni Ade and more pass through on their musical journey, a testament of Funsho’s love for nurturing budding musicians and artists. The band has collaborated with some of the brightest musical and creative minds from different parts of the world.

Ayetoro has released a video for Yaro, the first single off their coming album which is yet to be titled. Yaro is coming on the heels of Irunmole, Ayetoro’s 2016 album which was well received, and has recently been released in vinyl format.

Yaro is Hausa for boy. The story is about a young man who wishes to join a secret group dedicated to the enlightenment of the common people.  In joining he is asked three philosophical questions.

In other related news, it was Ogundipe’s birthday some days ago. 8th precisely. Happy belated birthday Funsho, and thanks for the music.

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The song and the video are in Hausa. Click the link to enjoy more sounds of Ayetoro, and peep the video below.

https://ayetoro.bandcamp.com

Inspiring writer Bura Bari Nwilo is our guest today and it is a real pleasure.

Like the late African hero Ken Saro Wiwa, he hails from Ogoni land- a paradise in Nigeria turned to a bed of conflict centered on oil, and as you read on; Bura reveals to us from his Port-harcourt base what this means to him.

His contagious humor and satiric sense has earned him even more fans on social media, and frankly speaking he brings joy to many with his wise cracks, much needed in beautiful and chaotic Nigeria.

Here’s the cover of his new book, A Tiny Place Called Happiness.

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Now we invade the man in question, a little bit.

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AFRIKAJUMP- Welcome Bura and thank you for talking with us. I’m curious to know which African writers have influenced you the most, and how?

BURA- In terms of simple storytelling, Achebe would take the honour and of course it is basically by reading his works. In terms of experimenting and taking unconventional approaches, Dambudzo (Dambudzo Marechera) would be the man. I have read the House of Hunger and some of his works published posthumously. I love Ms Adichie too. She works magic with intricate sentences and details.

AFRIKAJUMP- Like the great late Ken Saro-Wiwa, you are from Ogoni land. How does the past and present history of your ancestral home affect you as a person and as a writer?

BURA- Currently, violence among the young people give me sleepless nights and sometimes I want to create fiction but the thought of my mother in the village give me worries. The despoliation of the land and our insistence on government to take responsibilities are factors that spur any creative person.

AFRIKAJUMP- And as a writer?

BURA- I always feel that writers have a way of representing their cultures in their works. Mine is under-represented. See what Junot Diaz does with Dominican Republic. The fine memories I have of Ogoni and the people, of love and late night play in the sand, if I don’t capture them fictionally, I doubt if anyone would.

Ken Saro-Wiwa is a pathfinder when it comes to stories from this part of the world and I appreciate his styles and courage to tell it.

AFRIKAJUMP- If you were appointed by government as part of a team to support Literary Arts in Nigeria what top 3 remedies would you prescribe?

BURA BARI- We would give adequate support to indigenous publishing houses and create reading centres across the country. This would help to reunite book readers again. When you visit some of the libraries, either the rooms meant for literary discussions have been turned into shops or made into stores. We will bring it back. We’d set up reading contests so that young people would know that reading is cool too.

AFRIKAJUMP- You have a funny bone. Your book; Diary of a bloody retard is proof; and there’s that letter you wrote to Nigerian pop star Dbanj some years ago. Of course we cannot exclude your social media updates. Many Nigerians use humor as a survival mechanism. Is this your case too? Are you going to take your comic to perhaps the movies, and more?

BURA- Yeah. It is in my book on relationship – Diary of a Stupid Boyfriend and of course the recent book of short stories – A Tiny Place Called Happiness. Humor is one way to survive around here. It could be too dark and to see the lighter side of the things around here keeps life in us.

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

BURA- I am still promoting A Tiny Place Called Happiness. I may be working on a book of stories for young children. I have been researching that for a while. It is still developing. And yes, I am looking at going back to school, get a degree in African Studies and write some more.

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

BURA- Chaotically beautiful.

 

CONNECT MORE WITH HIM HERE

www.themetroreview.com

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In this present day Africa where most things that are our trademark historically, economically, socially and culturally are getting eroded, it is refreshing to see people, especially young people that insist on being Africans- acknowledging the continents richness in spirituality, culture and other ways that pay homage to their rich roots.

Based in Eastern Nigeria, Precious Amarachi-Ugo a cultural enthusiast and explorer seeks to remind Africans of who we were, and what we can be. Her mission reads like the Ghanaian phrase SANKOFA which is a call for us to return to our roots. Amarachi-Ugo believes this is the path through which Africa and indeed Africans can be free again, in body, mind and spirit. We do too, and also love her love for mystery.

AFRIKAJUMP asked her questions about her life and great mission.
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AFRIKAJUMP-Thanks so much for giving some of your precious time, Precious. It is a real pleasure. Can you tell us when you realized your love for travel and exploring?

PRECIOUS-I realized the love for traveling at a very tender age. Mostly from my dad, I grew up with my dad; always traveling during the weekends, going to the borders of Benin and Nigeria to buy shoes that he sold in different places like the Ministry of works and sorts. They said I took after my dad in everything because as young as 10/11 years old, my parents were comfortable putting me in a bus whenever I’m going for a holiday and giving the driver a number to call when we alight. They knew I enjoyed it and I was smart enough to be safe.

AFRIKAJUMP-Yes we don’t need a soothsayer to make us see your bravery. Congrats. What does culture mean to you?

PRECIOUS-Culture is everything to me and also I will say I’m just an old soul. It became my own way of life, even when I barely knew what I was doing I’ve always been attracted to culture. I came from a poor staunch Christian home so anything with any cultural attributes was always frowned at and automatically labeled evil-one of the disadvantages we suffer from religion/colonization. To me however culture will always be that way of living; the way our ancestors lived, the way they flourished just with exactly what we have around us.

AFRIKAJUMP-Preach sister.  Tell us about your project Myafurika please.

PRECIOUS-Myafurika is a huge project that is going to affect almost every aspect of reawakening in Africa as a whole. Myafurika focuses on showcasing the beauty and wonders of Africa. We travel to those places in Africa with historical heritages, rich in traditions and nature. Places that hold histories of Africa that most Africans don’t know ever happened. We go there, get pictures, videos then write about them for the world to see that Africa is not about dark people living in the dark; to show the world that Africa is beyond beautiful and to assure and teach our people that we can be greater and dependent by ourselves. We will also be introducing fashion very soon that we will make possible with our hand woven materials of course made here from start to finish.

AFRIKAJUMP-Sounds great, Good luck. What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve encountered on your adventures?

PRECIOUS-Finance. It has been a very big issue because most people that would have been able to finance are dragging back because they don’t agree with our stance, saying it’s against their religion. Some don’t just see the importance of the reawakening because they are comfortable in not knowing and don’t want to know.
Then there is the issue of bad roads. We do most of our traveling by road and most of our roads are death traps thus making some trips fearful ones.

AFRIKAJUMP-Many Nigerians your age mostly practice religions that were imposed on Africans but you hold your ancestral beliefs close to your heart. What is the motivation?

PRECIOUS-Like I said before,I’m an old soul,its within me. Even with the fact of being born into  a staunch Christian home,religion never made sense to me. My grandmother played a big part in motivating me, around the short period I stayed with her,in the evenings when we sit in the veranda, and I ask her questions about religion she always ended up with a line I never forget. She will say to me ‘My dear daughter, always keep your heart clean and pure and always , have good intentions towards your fellow humans cause in anybody religion is within themselves’.

AFRIKAJUMP- Wise words. What do you propose to encourage religious tolerance in Nigeria, particularly those of our native belief systems?

PRECIOUS-Whenever the discussions on that tolerance is raised, I always use the saying “Live and let live” we live in a country that supports freedom of religion and that wasn’t categorized on some and some are left. So if some religion or Christians and/or Muslims are against native believers,what makes them different from what they preach about which is “Love”? So I think individuals should learn to understand that people’s way of worship doesn’t change anything from who they are, before any religion we were first of all  Humans. And no amount of religion is going change that.

AFRIKAJUMP- Preach. What is your dream destination?

PRECIOUS-South Africa,Greece

AFRIKAJUMP-Can you describe your city in one word?

PRECIOUS-Beautiful
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CHECK PRECIOUS’ WEBSITE HERE

http://myafurika.com/

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyAfurika/