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Nigerian Architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s “Floating School” Highlighted in Al Jazeera Documentary.

Two years ago, this pioneering floating school in Lagos’s ‘floating’ slum of Makoko was labelled as ‘illegal’ by authorities who then threatened to demolish it. This year, the brainchild of Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi has been nominated as Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum.

Adeyemi’s innovative design came about after he had had several discussions with Makoko residents about how to resolve the environmental issues that concerned the local community. His design also came about during a time where the Lagos government had been threatening to evict Makoko residents and demolish the slum.

“There are hundreds if not thousands of Makokos all over Africa,” Adeyemi says. “We cannot simply displace this population; it’s important to think about how to develop them, how to create enabling environments for them to thrive, to improve the sanitation conditions, to provide the infrastructure, schools and hospitals to make it a healthy place.

“My belief is that in developing Africa we need to find solutions that can be developed by the grassroots, through the grassroots, and achieve the same level of significance as we have on the high-end projects.”
Now, in a new documentary project by Al Jazeera that looks at unconventional pioneers in the architecture industry, Adeyemi’s floating school is brought to life in the episode Working On Water, directed by award-winning South African filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, as part of the network’s Rebel Architecture series. 
ETA: We’ll be uploaded the series after it airs on Al Jazeera so watch this space!

NEW MUSIC: Niyola ft Banky W - “Love to Love You”.

Nigerian R&B crooner Banky W features on this steamy new track and video for fellow artist Niyola’s hot new single Love to Love You.

Gonna be bumpin’ this track for the next few days!

Ghana and Nigeria to Represent Africa at Women’s U20 World Cup.

In a little over 24 hours, the 7th edition of the Women’s U20 World Cup kicks off in Toronto, Canada.

Ghana, one of the two African teams at the tournament, face the host nation on opening night and sit in a group with North Korea and Finland.

Fellow West Africans Nigeria sit in Group C with England, South Korea and Mexico, and play their first match on Wednesday against Mexico.

Join Dynamic Africa on Facebook and Twitter as we provide updates on the the two African teams at the tournament!

Gold For Nigeria As Ese Brume Wins Commonwealth Games Women’s Long Jump.

Two celebrations were had at the Nigerian camp in Glasgow this past week as both Blessing Okagbare and Ese Brume won gold on the very same day.

Brume, who cites fellow long jumper Okagbare as her sports hero, cleared a height of 6.56m to win Nigeria’s second medal of the night.

Okagbare would have participated in this event but it clashed with her 200m race.

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Blessing Okagbare Claims Second Gold Medal at Commonwealth Games.

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is going from strength to strength in Glasgow at the XX Commonwealth Games.

After winning gold in the Women’s 100m race and setting a new Commonwealth Games record, Okagbare claimed her second gold medal of the tournament after finishing first in the Women’s 200m ahead of England’s Jodie Williams and Bianca Williams.

Finishing at a time of 22.25, Okagbare made history once again, by becoming the first Nigerian ever to win an individual sprint double at a global sports meeting.

Okagbare has a chance to claim a third gold medal as she’ll be competing for Nigeria in the 4x100m Women’s relay event.

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NEW MUSIC: Awilo Longomba - Bundelele.

The man who brought us one of the continent’s most-loved Soukous songs is back! Whilst the single was released a few months earlier, Longomba’s finally dropped the offiicial music video for his track Bundelele (meaning ‘dance’).

Staying true to the song’s title, the rythmic and pulsating video celebrates various forms of dance and features choreography from the highly talented Nigerian dancer and member of CEO dancers Ezinne Asinugo.

If Asinugo looks familiar, that’s because you may have seen her in this video as well as the most recent music video from Fuse ODG featuring Sea Paul.

Nigerian Gold Medalist Fails Drug Test At Commonwealth Games.

Nigerian gold medalist and 16-year-old weightlifting star Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the current Commonwealth Games, taking place in Glasgow, after failing an in-competition drug test.

Amalaha’s ‘A’ sample contained amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both of which are prohibited as diuretics and masking agents. She will now have a ‘B’ sample tested on Wednesday.

Speaking on the issue, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said: ‘We [have] issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an in-competition test. That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

'The relevant processes, as detailed in our anti-doping standard for the Games, are now being followed and Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her 'B' sample tested. This will take place at an accredited laboratory in London tomorrow (Wednesday), July 30. Upon receipt of those results the process will continue.'

This isn’t the first time a Nigerian lifter has been suspended for doping. However, what is shocking in this case is how young the athlete is. In 2001, the Nigerian Weightlifting Federation was suspended for repeated doping violations by the International Weightlifting Federation. They were also banned from competing in the Manchester Games the following year.

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Blessing Okagbare Makes History For Nigeria at Commonwealth Games.

Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare sprinted to victory in Glasgow today winning gold in the women’s 100m race. Okagbare’s time of 10.85 established a new record for this event at the Commonwealth Games. She was followed by silver medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica at a time of 11.03.

This marked the first time since 1994 that a Nigerian woman had won a medal in the women’s 100m the Commonwealth Games when Mary Onyali and Christy Opara-Thompson took home gold and silver respectively.

So far, all of Nigeria’s gold medals have been won by women.

17-year-old Chika Amalaha won the country’s first gold competing in the Women’s 56kg weightlifting, and fellow weightlifter Oluwatoyin Adesanmi won the women’s 63kg gold medal.

Nigeria leads overall in the weightlifting categories. for both male and female, with two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

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NEW MUSIC: Patoranking ft Olamide - Bora (Freestyle 2014).

In this brand new freestyle by Nigerian reggae and dancehall artist Patoranking, he teams up with fellow artist Olamide to address something we haven’t seen a lot of Nigerian musicians do.

With reports naming Nigeria as the African country with the highest prevalence of skin bleaching on the continent, the growing demand in Kenya for harmful skin bleaching injections, the scandal caused in South Africa by singer Mshoza after she underwent a process to lighten her complexion, and after the controversial skin lightening product that Cameroonian singer Dencia released earlier this year, there’s no denying that skin bleaching is a major issue in Africa.

Using beats from Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ produced by Nic Nac, Patoranking’s take on the subject makes use of dark humour as he sings about some of the negatives of ‘Bora’ (the Yoruba term for skin bleaching).

Although a little odd lyrically in some areas, it’s still important in many ways to see artists use their platforms as a means of addressing societal issues.

NEW MUSIC: MAVINS - DOROBUCCI ft Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja.

One of the biggest songs of the year finally gets a video.

(they could have gotten better dancers though)

Great Concern As Parents of Missing #Chibok Schoolgirls Tragically Pass Away.

This headline is so shocking and heartbreaking it’s almost unbelievable. 11 parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls have died or have been killed in the three months since their abduction.

According to a report by AP, seven of the girls’ fathers were among over 50 bodies that were brought to a hospital in the area after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month. Four more parents are said to have died from heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses many blame on the trauma sustained from this incident.

Speaking out on this issue, community leader Pogo Bitrus has said, “one father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been heavily criticized for his slow response and the ineffective manner in which he has been handling both this situation and the greater Boko Haram threat, met with some of the victim’s parents and their classmates on Tuesday where he promised to continue efforts to bring back the girls alive.

Meanwhile, the town of Chibok seems to be in more and more danger as Boko Haram continue to gain ground in the surrounding area. Over the weekend, the terrorist group launched several raids in northeastern Nigerian towns and villages where they also attacked an army base in the strategic town of Damboa. This particular attack saw as many as 15, 000 civilians fleeing the area as a result.

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NEW MUSIC: Waje ft Tiwa Savage - Onye.

Anyone who knows me knows just how much, and how hard, I stan for Nigerian women in the music industry. Not only do many of them continuously put out fresh content, but when it comes to creativity, they rarely seem to lack in that department.

In the latest collaboration between Waje and recent MTV MAMA Award winner Tiwa Savage, they take their cues from both Western and traditional Nigerian influences putting a modern spin on the 1950s housewife trope and adding some flavour to something I’m referring to as the ‘pounded yam maiden’.

The result? Lots of humour, cuteness and pretty damn good acting.

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NEW MUSIC: Wizkid - Show You the Money.

We’re inclined to agree with ChristinaManch on twitter when it comes to WizKid's work ethic. With the number of singles and features he's churned out in recent months, you'd think the guy makes music in his sleep.

In his latest video, Wiz invites us to the neighborhood he grew up in in Lagos, Surulere, where he dons several dashikis, has an entourage of various dancers, and sprays money for people around him to catch. The video ends with someone unofficially naming him the ‘King of Surulere’. Wonder what Dr. SID would have to say about that.

And if the construction of this beat sounds familiar, that’s because it was produced by Shizzi, the same guy responsible for Davido’s hit dance anthem single ‘Skelewu’.

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NEW MUSIC: Ace - Jeje.

Following up from his 2013 single Dominate, Nigerian artist Ace delivers the track of the summer with his Fela-quoting Afrobeat-inspired jam song ‘Jeje’.

Combining the old and the new, musically and visually speaking, the video for ‘Jeje’ takes us through re-imagined hip and colourful party scenes of previous decades.

Definitely the best we’ve heard from Ace.

NEW MUSIC: Yemi Alade ft Selebobo - Tangerine.

Nigerian music divas are some of my biggest inspirations. After the release of her superb video for Johnny that just about everyone loved, Yemi Alade’s follow up Tangerine is just as catchy, just as vibrant, and just as visually delicious. I can only wonder how amazing her live performances must be.