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"The Untold Renaissance": Ikire Jones Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.

It’s all dapper hommes, suave strides and bold prints and patterns in Nigerian designer Wale Oyejide’s Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook for his brand Ikire Jones.

“This collection pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art.  Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context.  Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered.”

British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor gets personal with the BBC as he discusses why and how he got involved in the screen adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’.

You’ll also get to hear clips from the film and Ejiofor’s experience of shooting a film in Nigeria.

Read The Guardian’s review of the film.

Analysts said the recalculated GDP would raise Nigeria’s profile, but change little on the ground.

"Is the money in your bank account more on Sunday than it was on Saturday? If you had no job yesterday, are you going to have a job today?" asked Bismarck Rewane, CEO of Lagos-based consultancy Financial Derivatives.

"If the answer to those questions is ‘no’, then this is an exercise in vanity," he added, though he said the new figure was more accurate.

Many Nigerians shrugged off the GDP news.

"I’m not really impressed. I don’t feel it in my pocket… It’s not the masses who are rich," said Richard Babs-Jonah, 47, a small farmer, expressing the common view that Nigeria’s economy is rigged in favour of a handful of well-connected oligarchs.

"Those controlling the economy, those with government contracts, get all the money."

South Africa overtaken as biggest economy in Africa after Nigeria rebases GDP calculation to more than $500bn.

Couldn’t agree more with these two statements. The real test of Nigeria’s developments will be when our national services, infrastructure and resources are well managed, maintained and distributed, and when people no longer feel the need to seek better opportunities abroad. When Nigerians stop leaving the country in droves, or at least try to, that’s when we’ll celebrate the country’s progress.

NEW MUSIC: Yemi Alade - Johnny.

Argue with me all you like, if you want to, but when it comes to Nigerian artists and music videos, the women seem to make much more interesting and dynamic music videos with far better storylines.

Want more proof? There’s this, this, this, this, this and this.

Bless the fashions in this video too!

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NEW MUSIC: SONA (@sonaman) - No Wahala.

Co-produced by the artist himself, along with O.Y Beatz, ‘No Wahala’ is the latest single form up-and-coming British-Nigerian artist SONA.

A laid back feel with a sensual beat, I absolutely can’t get enough of this track. Excited to hear more from SONA in 2014.

Shout out to the cat (if you know the deal with Nigerians and cats you know what I mean) and the dark skinned girl in the video (yay!).

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NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Seun Kuti - Make You No Forget.

The third single and video released off Blitz’s “Afropolitan Dreams" album, the Ghanaian MC’s latest track was filmed in Jamestown district of the nation’s capital and features stunts from Accra’s BMX “Bikelordz”, amateur boxing and some of Blitz’s biggest fans as a backing sing-a-long ‘choir’. It’s a solid Afrobeat tune with trumpets and a catchy but conscious hook.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t spot Blitz’s awesome t-shirts. “Make Fufu Not War" and the Kwame Nkrumah "VISIONARY" shirts are both garments made by Kayobi clothing.

ETA: Sorry folks, Seun’s not in the video sadly.

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Wizkid performs a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ exclusively at Koga studios in Nigeria. All part of Destination Africa - 1Xtra in Lagos.

What do you guys think?

FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: QUARTER-FINALS STAGE.

Out of the three qualifying African teams at this year’s U17 Women’s World Cup that began on March 15th, hosted in Costa Rica, two - Ghana and Nigeria - have made it to the quarterfinals stage.

With only one win out of three against hosts Costa Rica, Zambia’s losses against Italy and Venezuela respectively sealed their fate early in the tournament denying them any chance of advancement out of the group stage.

Ghana was the first team in the tournament to make it to the knockout stage after beating Germany 1-0. Emerging at the top of their group with 6 points, Ghana kicked off their start in the tournament with a 2-0 win against North Korea followed by their win over Germany. Their loss to Canada didn’t hurt their chances of moving forward due to the negative results of Germany and North Korea.

Nigeria have smooth sailed their way through the tournament. Without a single defeat, the team made it to the quarterfinals at the top of their group with 9 points. The U17 ladies beat China PR 2-1 in their opening match, followed by a win over Colombia with the same result, ending with a 3-0 victory over Mexico.

In the quarterfinals, Ghana is set to play Italy on March 27th. Nigeria are pit against Spain on the same day.

Good luck ladies!

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Adolphus Opara:
 

Written by  OnoBello.com

Born 1981, Adolphus Opara started out working in a then major art gallery in Lagos where he gained ample experience. His passion for photography grew as a result of the constant contact he had with both local and international practitioners when he worked at the art gallery. For the first 3-4years of his career as a photographer, he travelled well around the country and continent documenting different festivals and events of cultural show.

He later delved into documentary photography where he has been nominated and selected for master classes and workshops around Africa. He has covered assignments for notable organizations and his works have been published in magazines, books and websites that include; The Financial Times (FT), Bloomberg, BBC, Associated Press (AP), The Independent, Private magazine, Time Out Nigeria, British Airways Highlife Magazine, World Press Photo Enter, Klang Sehen, New African Magazine and Nigerians Behind the lens.

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Select Pieces from Maki Oh’s Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

Don’t you just love Osakwe’s use of adire fabrics and Yoruba text printed on some of the garments? As always, it’s all in the detail with Maki Oh and her classic feminine silhouettes.

See the full collection here.

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Images of Nigerian women in Italy, victims of sex trafficking, taken by Elisabeth Cosimi.

Once in Europe, these young women are immediately put to work in order to pay a debt that can be as much as 50, 000 Euros. Reduced to the level of slavery, this young women are often forced to work up to 20 hours a day on the highway and some times in bad weather conditions.

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First 3 of 15 photographs from the Quick Money photo reportage by Elisabeth Cosimi.

No. 1 Une fois arrivées en Europe, les jeunes femmes nigérianes sont immédiatement mises sur les trottoirs pour rembourser une dette qui s’élève à 50.000 euros. Réduites à  l’état d’esclavage ces jeunes femmes doivent travailler parfois jusqu’à vingt heures par jour sur les bretelles d’autoroute et quelque soit les conditions climatiques.

No. 2 Jeune femme nigériane se prostituant sur les routes d’Italie aux abords de Naples.

No. 3 Cette Jeune fille nigériane victime de la traite reste cloitrée toute la journée chez un “bienfaiteur” d’origine italienne en attendant de pouvoir rembourser sa dette.

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Oyeyemi says that she thinks of herself as “ugly but interesting,” and she’s happy with that. “It helps me to think more clearly, if that makes sense.”

I ask why she thinks she ‘s ugly.

"Boys would come up and tell me," she says, matter-of-factly. "I’d be on the bus home, and they would say, "You’re so ugly, do you know that?" And after a while, I would just say, "Yes, thank you." At first I would cry. But I after a while you just think ‘Why does it matter so much?’"

Oyeyemi clearly still carries wounds from her teenage years: “I was suicidal for a long time in my teens and I was so unhappy,” she says. “It was the kind of unhappiness that you know everyone else is feeling, but you don’t care because you’ve dehumanized them, because they’re all monsters and demons and beasts who are out to kill you, so you become a beast and a monster yourself. I regret so much.”

Her fairy tales are not of the happily-ever-after variety: “Sometimes people ask me what I write and I say that I retell fairy tales, and they say, ‘Oh, children’s books!’ And that makes me laugh. People say things like ‘I want a fairy tale existence.’ The Brothers Grimm would be looking at them in this astonished way, like ‘So you would like your whole family to be murdered and then eaten in a pie?’” She laughs delightedly.

"People think they’re soft because they’re these perfect examples of narrative order. There is an ending that is usually happy, and a beginning, middle, and end … In this era where everyone is kind of postmodern and meta, we dissociate in a lot of ways from our circumstance. So I think there’s that sense that they’re so ordered, and therefore orderly, but actually, they’re just completely chaotic."

And fairy tales teach lessons, she says. Lessons like “Everything that you see is not necessarily what it is. You have to find another way to know things. You have to find another way to know things. There is inner vision. And then there’s exterior vision. There are levels of seeing.”

They reveal “some of the hardest and harshest truths about the ways that we live and the ways that we’ve always lived.” She cites a story she found in a book of Czech fairy tales. A princess is being courted by a magician, but she refuses him. In punishment, the magician turns her into a black woman. As Oyeyemi read it, she started crying. “It was awful … The worst thing that the teller of this tale can imagine is being black.” In Boy, Snow, Bird, she writes, “it’s not whiteness that sets Them against Us, but the worship of whiteness.” She tells me, “I feel as if we’re still in that era. There are still lots of ways in which it is horrific not to be the norm.”

The most poignant part of Helen Oyeyemi's interview on NPR where she addresses some very heavy personal issues concerning depression and suicide, race, universal perceptions of blackness and the “worship of whiteness”.

Conversely, the interviewer, Annalisa Quinn, starts off the article by writing, "The first time I met her, it was in a bar so dark that all I could see were her eyes and very white teeth", ignoring the matter that Oyeyemi raised on whiteness and its lack of racial sensitivity.

J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere - Untitled, Circa 1959

Chiwetel Ejiofor red carpet looks this awards season.

Nominated in the category of ‘Best Actor’ for the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, Chiwetel Ejiofor has received over 60 nominations for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed historical drama 12 Years a Slave. 

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Weekend Fashion Inspiration.

Pieces by British-Nigerian label Soboye as featured in XXY magazine, as well as other items from its boutique from designers like Ituen Basi, ChiChia London and more.

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