Nigerian Pop Star Davido to Perform at the 2017 Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series

Mid-summer, adding excitement to highly anticipated summer shows, staged on Friday, August 11, at the Craneway Pavilion, afrobeats star David Adede’i Adeleke, better known as Davido is officially confirmed as the first African performer at the Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series.  African music has a long history of influencing genres worldwide, and in recent years, the…

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Afreada X Africa Writes Presents: Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty Competition

With acclaimed Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou joining Africa Writes on July 2nd,  we’ve teamed up with AFREADA to run a short story writing competition with the chance to win £100! We are inviting writers, anywhere and everywhere, to participate in a 500-word short story competition which is loosely based on Mabanckou’s amusing and heart-warming story, Tomorrow I’ll…

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How Senegal’s Most Popular Rappers are Engaging Youth Through Hip Hop

Senegalese hip-hop duo Keyti and Xuman aka Mr Xuman are the talents behind Journal Rappé, a weekly news segment broadcasting news through hip-hop and rap (in English and Wolof), in Senegal. Recognized as social activists and “Senegal’s most popular rappers in Dakar’s prolific hip-hop scene”, Xuman and his collaborator Keyti, through their humorous and witty…

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Telling Positive African Stories Through Photography

An interview with Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao. Telling positive African stories through photography from Design Indaba War, hunger, poverty were the chief representations of Africa when Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao first Google-searched his home continent. Picking the camera up himself, Ndao decided to change this pervasive narrative. We spoke to him as part of Africa.Now,…

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Ndidi Emefiele’s Art Addresses Societal Expectations of Women in Nigeria.

From Northern Nigeria, Ndidikanma “Ndidi” Emefiele is a multimedia artist whose portraits of black women with larger than life heads have charmed art lovers around the world. Her signature style – which is typically characterised by oversized female heads donning natural hair and enormous eyewear – is embodied in her ongoing series, Rainbow. While she…

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I Am Not A Failed Dream: Spoken Word Artists in Contemporary Nigeria

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