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My Heart is in Ake Right Now
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My Heart is in Ake Right Now

Posted November 21st, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Blog, Culture, Events, Nigeria

This post is dedicated to Mercy Omeike, RIP, and all the beautiful people from AABF 2013.   As it is the one-year anniversary of the first annual Ake Festival, my mind runs there frequently this week. There was no precedent for what I experienced at last year’s festival and I imagine there won’t be anything […]

What’s in a Name?
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What’s in a Name?

Posted October 21st, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Blog, Culture

Siyonbola…Swagger to wealth? Stagger to wealth? It depends on whom you ask. I answer to many names. Each of them a reflection of whichever stage I was in at the time, my philosophy about life and culture etc. Some people think I’m running from the law or a 419er, but in actuality I was running […]

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Enraged at Nigeria’s roads right now. Rest in peace to the beautiful and super sweet Mercy Akagu Omeike. We spent just under a week together at the Ake Arts & Book Festival, but I swear Mercy and her husband and all the staff at Ake were a perfect representation of Nigeria’s potential future. I was FLOORED by the way they treated us. I never got around to writing an article about the Ake Festival, though I very much wanted to, because I was too overwhelmed to find the words. It would have taken ten articles to capture the beauty of the people I met, the food we ate, the laughs we shared, the BEAUTIFUL time. I am so depressed right now that young lives of such beauty are cut short every day in this country we call home, only because of greed and utter stupidity. Rest in peace, Mercy, rest in peace to your unborn, may your spirits have Mercy on Nigeria. Strength, strength, strength, love, peace to her young husband Anthony. They were married just last February.

Posted September 12th, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Blog

I Will Call Him Sochukwuma: Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Problem
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I Will Call Him Sochukwuma: Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Problem

Posted February 19th, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Articles, Blog, Culture

I have never been a gay rights advocate, but always a human rights advocate. I have found it very difficult to write on Nigeria’s anti-gay law. It’s heartbreaking. Gut-wrenching are the reports of mass attacks on “suspected” gay individuals. It just seems so 1465. Seriously, Nigeria? Are you serious? CAN WE HAVE LIGHT NOW? Now […]

Nigeria, Africa, Corruption: Funmi Iyanda’s Open Letter to Nigeria’s New Generation
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Nigeria, Africa, Corruption: Funmi Iyanda’s Open Letter to Nigeria’s New Generation

Posted January 4th, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Articles, Blog, Womanism

The importance of Funmi Iyanda’s piece lies not in its eloquence, not in its boldness, for Funmi Iyanda has long been bold, eloquent, sagacious. All things modern revolution. The importance is in the highlighting for the world that there is in fact a Nigerian intellectual elite that brinks on revolution. It is her charge for […]

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You’re Invited, and I’m Excited

Posted October 10th, 2013 by in AFRiCKA, Blog, Business, Culture, Events

I am so excited and looking forward to hosting you at our event this Saturday. As the Word says, everything starts with a thought. This project started with a THOUGHT and through favor became much more than that. We are very excited to be hosting the very first Nollywood New York Film Series event this […]

The Best Song Ever
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The Best Song Ever

Posted August 16th, 2013 by in AFRiCKA, Blog, Culture, Musik

I loved this song with everything when my Creativity Guru put me on. Just for the danceability of the music and the color of the video. But then I saw this analysis and thought, whoa, the power behind the lyrics and the stories of the singers is a major inspiration for anyone who’s been through […]