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Travelling by any means necessary, from bike, plane, bus, motorcycle, donkey and on foot may not be your ideal adventure. But for a new generation of African nomads, it’s the only way to make the dream of discovering the continent for themselves, a reality. In his bestselling book, charting an epic journey from the Cape […]


Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will […]


  Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face, is arguably one of Nigeria’s best-known music artists. The African Queen-hit maker tells it as it is. Your first single, African Queen, paid homage to the African woman. What is your take on the African woman of today? For me the African Woman is very warm, strong and respectful.  […]


Nike Oshinowo is more than an ex-beauty queen. An entrepreneur with interest in diverse businesses, and in 2012 she organised the United Nations World Tourism (UNWTO) for Africa Conference, held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Nigeria.  In her own words, Oshinowo and why successful women must help raise future successful women. Let’s talk about Nike […]


She needs no introduction at home or internationally. Chimamanda Ngozi  Adichie is a true African icon of our times. Not only is she one of Africa’s  literary greats, she is an icon the world  has come to love and respect for her  fortitude in speaking openly and fearlessly  on issues ranging from the portrayal of […]


Tiffany Amber is becoming one of Africa’s foremost fashion brands. The fashion house is headed by the formidable Folake Folarin-Coker, an award-winning and internationally acclaimed Nigerian designer, renowned for her eclectically contemporary designs. Beyond fashion, Folarin-Coker is an astute business woman, who understands the importance of marrying the art of fashion to the art of […]


Who has the right to write about Africa and tell the continent’s story for its multifaceted nature, from languages to cultures to religious beliefs? In his essay, ‘Colonial Fictions: Memory and History in Yvonne Vera’s Imagination.’ Paul Zeleza wrote: “Nowhere is the multidimensional, multifocality and multivocality of twentieth-century African literature more evident than in the postcolonial […]


Yesterday, my post was Part 1 of the 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch. Today’s post is the second and final part in the series. Enjoy! To be a young woman in Nigeria today is at times exciting, exhilarating, frustrating, but always promising. For the group of 10 young women featured here, aged between 20 […]


To be a young woman in Nigeria today is at times exciting, exhilarating, frustrating, but always promising. For the group of 10 young women featured here, aged between 20 and 30, the word, “trailblazer” aptly embodies who they are. These young and gifted female talent are breaking barriers and paving an empowering future for the next generation. […]


Ade Solanke’s potent new play, Pandora’s Box is described as a lively and compelling examination of loyalty, love and betrayal that reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay. In her own words, Ade Solanke and why she is into theatre that addresses society and how we […]


Who would have thought being a T-shirt entrepreneur has the power to evoke a multitude of emotions the way performance poet, Inua Ellams brought it to the fore in his latest theatre offering, Black T-Shirt Collection (BTSC). Currently showing at the Cottesloe, National Theatre,London, it is a narrative of vivid poetic artistry, Ellams takes us on a […]


Bumi Thomas has such a distinctive sound, I find it hard to compare her to anyone. She is who she is and has grasped what it means to own your voice. I heard her live at an event in late 2011, armed with her guitar and voice, she blew me away. Now take that magnetic […]


Was tempted to name this post, ‘Why God will not help Nigeria’ but I decided on ‘God is not a House Boy’ because many a time, we misuse God and that I find very worrying. I have observed my fellow Nigerians on social media, from Facebook to Twitter, among other platforms call on God for […]


The idea of having a blood transfusion in Nigeria is not one I find particularly attractive. However, if it is an emergency and I need to stay alive, flying over 5,000 miles back to London before I can get one is not really practical but a stupid move. Over a decade ago, I was in […]


2011 has seen African fashion gain prominence like never before, from Lagos to London to New York, African designers refuse to make a quiet entrance and the world is waking up to their presence. Dolapo Shobanjo is the co-founder of My Asho, a leading online retail outlet for African designs and designers. In our interview, […]


In recent years, a fertile artistic landscape has been evoked on the Nigerian art scene. A shift, E. Okecukwu Odita, professor of the History of Arts, Ohio State University says is “fast becoming a topic of eager discussion in national and international circles.” A discourse that is certain to continue with the publication of A […]


2011 has been momentous year for the Africa.  From Egypt to Tunisia and Libya, a change of guard is reshaping the continent’s political landscape. In the diaspora, a different kind of change is also taking shape as Africans challenge each other about rebuilding the continent from the powers of corridor to economic growth and social […]


Chikwe Ihekweazu is one of the organisers of TEDxEuston, a not-for profit basis platform connecting the Africa diaspora comuntiy in the UK to the continent by telling success stories of Africans at home and abroad. In our conversation, he tells me why African must get better at telling their own stories. Belinda: TED is designed to give communities […]