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28Jul

On Monday, I posted the first of my two-part series with Derrick Abaka Ashong, a social entrepreneur, artist, radio host and leader, who is passionate about empowering others to become leaders.  In today’s interview, Ashong, also known as DNA, tells us about his music and the online video which went viral, after he was recorded […]






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27Jul

“Religion is man’s pursuit of God. It is man’s definition of God and man defining what God is and because everybody has what their definition is, we have chaos and disorder. When you find religion, you find rules, you find laws and you have weights upon people’s shoulders and people cannot keep those weights because […]






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26Jul

Described as the voice of a new generation, he calls himself a song for all the people; Derrick Nana Kwesi Abaka Ashong, popularly known as DNA, is armed with a vision that cuts across racial, social and political barriers. Artistically talented, intellectually astute, politically informed and socially connected, with a magnetic personality laced with a […]






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23Jul

I was thinking about you on my way home I have no idea why but I truly wanted to give you a hug And whisper in your ears that you are not flawed You are you and I’m me, and while we work daily To become better people It does not mean I’m better than […]






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23Jul

Meet Mary Shittu, entrepreneur, fashion designer, make-up artist and if I am allowed to add, ‘Queen of style.’ Here is a sneak peak into her latest collection and she is rocking it! Enjoy! Mary Shittu’s Jeans Collection, better known as Ma’ Kushi Jeans Images courtesy of Mary Shittu and Max Richardon Designs by Mary Shittu […]






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22Jul

Mary Shittu is no stranger to the fashion world. A model since her teens, she is a fashion designer and owns Mary Shittu Couture and Ma’ Kushi Jeans. She is also the founder of M Management, a company which covers different grounds within the fashion industry. Shittu has been recognised for her talent and garnered […]






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21Jul

The New African Woman is changing the face of women’s publications with insightful, hard-hitting and edgy stories, which generates hot debates among its readers and of course, the good, the bad and ugly reactions. Nevertheless, Regina Jere-Malanda is unbowed and with each edition, raises the bar. She has done it again with NAW’s latest edition. […]






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20Jul

Strong, resilient, passionate, driven, empathetic and childlike are some of the words used to describe Funmilola Aduke Mary Iyanda, a woman who exudes a fierce sense of independence. Her television show, Talk With Funmi airs in 51 African countries.  In her own words, Funmi Iyanda on life, career, Nigeria and her show, Talk With Funmi. […]






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19Jul

A rare talent, her music is raw and organic. She has been compared to the likes of Eryka Badu and Lauryn Hill and has a MOBO Award under her belt. Despite the continuous growth of her international presence and the plaudits she is getting, Nneka says her music is not about the plaudits or accolades. […]






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16Jul

Regarded as one of Britain’s foremost Black-led theatre company, Talawa Theatre has engaged with new writing and introduced emerging writing talents to the British theatre landscape over the years. With and through playwrights like Michael Bhim, the company explores the subtlety and complexity of the black British experience. 2010 is no different. Back with, Flipping […]






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13Jul

Roy Williams is back and he is in shape and on form. His new play, Sucker Punch, at the Royal Court Theatre, lives up to its name. The Royal Court has been transformed into a boxing arena by Miriam Buether, the set designer, who leaves no stone unturned. The boxing ring is the right size […]






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5Jul

The National Theatre is one place I go to, with great expectations. I mean, really great expectations. In the last year and half, they have not disappointed me with their productions. That is not to say everything is perfect but they make sure you get value for your money and you leave the theatre with […]






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