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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.

NEW MUSIC: Phyno ft P-Square - O Set.

In a more commercially-driven track to his major track Alobam, Nigeria’s number one Igbo rapper Phyno teams up with the duo who brought us money anthems such as ‘Chop My Money’ and ‘Testimony’ and delivers a track that follows along a similar theme.

NEW MUSIC: Tunde Olaniran - Critical.

Nigerian-American singer Tunde Olaniran's Critical music video is a work of (performance) art.

With direction from Kevin Eckert, Olaniran takes us on a multimedia and multiple layered visual journey that sees the singer play with shadows, various light hues, illustration, animation, and fashion.

Out now, Critical is a minimal drum beat-laden tune with a catchy hook and beautiful raw emotional backbone. And is that line a Kate Bush reference? Love it.

Algeria Football Team Given A Heroes Welcome Upon Return From Brazil.

In contrast to the reactions shown by officials from the other African countries that competed in this year’s FIFA World Cup, the Algerian national team were given a hero-like welcome upon their return home from Brazil.

Having been one of two African countries to make it to the round of 16, the team achieved victory by being the first African team to score four goals at one match in World Cup history, and also became the first Algerian team to progress beyond the group stage at the World Cup.

Although they were defeated 2-1 by Germany, the support from their fellow Algerians remained strong even after their loss, so much so that the Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal personally greeted and thanked the players as they arrived home. The team has also decided to donate their  prize money to the people of Gaza saying that they needed it more than the team did.

Talk of money amongst the other African teams begun even before kickoff with Cameroon refusing to board their plane over wage disputes.

During the tournament, Ghana’s presence was marred by a bonus money airlifting scandal, Nigeria refused to attend practice over bonus money issues and had to be reassured by the president that they would receive money owed to them, and Cameroon is being investigated following match-fixing claims. Both Cameroon and Ghana’s Presidents have called for investigations into their teams’ performances at the World Cup. Algeria and the Ivory Coast are the only two African countries that were controversy free during this year’s World Cup.

And where Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi resigned from his duties as Nigeria’s head coach, despite winning last year’s Africa Cup of Nations (the second man as player and coach to achieve this title), and having gotten the Super Eagles to the last 16 stage of the World Cup, Algeria are keeping Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Keshi’s resignation has not been made formal yet but there are already talks that he might become Bafana Bafana’s new coach.

Despite the controversies surrounding the West African teams, often attributed to the corrupt practices of soccer officials in their countries, this World Cup was monumental for Africa in many ways. From having two teams in the round of 16 for the first time ever, to Asamoah Gyan’s top African player scorer feat.

See footage of the Algerian team’s return parade.

Algeria and Nigeria through to Round of 16 Stage.

Two African teams have successfully managed to make it past the group stage at this year’s FIFA World Cup. Algeria have made history as this is the first time the country has ever made it past the group stage at a World Cup tournament. Nigeria have twice made it to the second stage of the World Cup but lost 2-1 to Italy in 1994 and 4-1 to Denmark in 1998.

After Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Russia yesterday, the North Africans managed to finish as runners up in group H. Unfortunately for Ghana, the odds tipped in favour of the USA as the  Black Stars succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Portugal and, despite their 1-0 loss to Germany last night, the USA’s goal difference allowed them to stay above Portugal even as both teams finished with the same amount of points.

Nigeria, the first and only other African team through to the next round this year, and Algeria both face some stiff competition in their next matches.

The Super Eagles will play one of the favourite and most tipped teams to win the World Cup this year as they face France who have scored a combined total of seven goals at this year’s tournament so far.

Algeria have their work cut out for them as Les Fennecs find themselves facing Germany who are yet to lose a game at this year’s World Cup.

Both Nigeria and Algeria play their upcoming matches on Monday, June 30th, with Nigeria taking on France at 18:00 (CAT) and Algeria facing Germany at 22:00 (CAT).

Missing for 70 Days, What is the Status on the Nigerian Schoolgirls from Chibok? #BringBackOurGirls.

Today marks the 70th day* that these young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been missing. Despite reports from the Nigerian government saying that they are aware of the whereabouts of these girls, assistance through US military intervention, and even with a few of the girls managing to escape, it seems as though news of missing girls is beginning to lose momentum in popular news media. Whilst there are scattered reports here and there, the citizen response once ignited through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has not been maintained with same amount of vigor that saw people from all around the world show concern for the situation. 

As a result, we decided to do some researching of our own to find out what the latest media reports are saying about the missing Chibok girls in recent days.

  • Out of the 276 girls that went missing in April, 219 are still missing according to Nigeria’s Federal Government. 57 girls have managed to escape while 219 are still unaccounted for. During the siege on the school, 119 students escaped from the school premises, before the insurgents took away their classmates. (x)
  • The girls were said to have been forced to convert to Islam and reports stated that the leader of Boko Haram was preparing to sell them into the illicit world of human trafficking. (x)
  • The Wednesday following the attack, the Nigerian military fabricated a story telling the public hat only eight of the girls were still missing and that more than 80 of them had returned to their families. (x)
  • The claim by military officials in Abuja on Wednesday that same Wednesday that 107 abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok were freed is a huge lie, Borno  government officials, the management of the school and residents said. (x)
  • Boko Haram released a video showing footage of the missing schoolgirls of which its authenticity was uncertain by officials. (x)
  • In May, the Nigerian government had announced that it had located where the missing girls were being held hostage but it would not locate them. (x)
  • The Nigerian military has said that it would not use force to rescue the girls as it feared that this would compromise the safety of the girls. (x)
  • A paper in Nigeria recently released the names of the missing Chibok schoolgirls. (x)
  • Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the missing girls may never return as the odds of them all being in one location is not likely. He also said the president had acted too slowly during the golden hour of the crisis. (x)
  • Protesters have petitioned the UN Security Council and US Secretary of State for the release of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. (x)
  • After US military support was rounded up in May to aid the Nigerian government in finding and rescuing the girls, it was recently announced that a military operation to rescue the over 200 abducted Chibok girls may soon be carried out. The military is awaiting the approval of the government of Nigeria and the United States before undertaking any action in this regard. (x)
  • Earlier this month, Nigeria banned then unbanned protests in the country. (x)
  • At least 10 people were killed Saturday (June 21st) in raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two villages near the town of Chibok, residents and local leaders said. (x)
  • According to this article, at least, 40 people were killed on Sunday (June 22nd), when suspected militants attacked Chuha A, Chuha B and Korongilim, villages in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State. (x)
  • Fresh reports say that Boko Haram have kidnapped more women from a village near Chibok. (x)

*presuming the girls went missing on the night of April 14th, 2014.

 

"Africa Day" at the World Cup - the most fruitful day for African teams in Brazil so far.

A lot of history was made between the two African teams that played back-to-back at the World Cup on Saturday.

Although Ghana didn’t win their match against Germany, their 2-2 draw saw the Black Stars shinning in a way that proved that they are indeed a world class team worthy of a position in football’s biggest tournament. After scoring the equalizing goal for Ghana in the 54th minute, just three minutes after Germany’s first goal, 24-year-old French born winger Andre Ayew became the only Ghanaian player to score at all their 2014 World Cup matches so far. Along with Cote D’Ivoire’s Gervinho, Ayew is the top scoring African player at this year’s World Cup, so far.

As many wondered when Asamoah Gyan would finally show up at the World Cup, he delivered a stunning shot into Germany’s net less than 10 minutes after Ayew’s header. This made Baby Jet the top scoring African player of all time, at the World Cup, along with Cameroonian football legend Roger Milla.

During Nigeria’s game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Peter Osaze Odemwingie’s winning goal ended the 16 year and nine game win-less drought for the Super Eagles at the World Cup. So far, Nigeria and Mexico are the only teams to not concede a goal at this year’s World Cup.

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Uzo Aduba accepts the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series award for ‘Orange is the New Black’ onstage during the 4th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards on June 19, 2014

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NEW MUSIC: Sona - Ijo Sona.

Upon hearing Sona’s ‘No Wahala’, I promptly decided that it was one of the best songs I’d heard all year. Since then, I’ve lost count of how many times a day I play it. Listening to it has become a daily ritual. But that was almost three months ago. In the time that’s passed, I’ve eagerly waited a new release from him hoping that he would not end up being a one-hit-wonder.

Cue his latest Yoruba-laden track ‘Ijo Sona’ (ijo meaning ‘dance’) with a video that is as equally Yoruba. From auntie’s donning the finest lace wrappers and gele’s, to bata performances and money spraying, every Yoruba person has been to a celebration like this before.