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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

 

 

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.

 

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