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Posts Tagged ‘Belinda Otas’

16Jan

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 […]






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6Jan

SA Sabo was born in Nigeria in 1984 and has been living in London since 2005. In 2009 he was one of ten writers, who won a place on the Arts Council of England/The Literature Consultancy mentoring scheme. He has written two plays, This Earth We Seek and Everybody Knows and his short stories have been published Glasschord and The […]






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4Jan

Happy New Year!!!!! And trust 2012 has been off to a great start. As for me, you know this jig goes, we keep keeping on! 😆 As I write my first post of the year, let me start off by saying thanks so much for taking the time to read my musings, rants, opinions, you know […]






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30Dec

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 […]






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28Dec

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, […]






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23Dec

Described as one of the finest designers on the African fashion scene, Beatrice Arthur, of Ghanaian and Russian heritage, is the founder of B’EXOTIO. Known to many as Bee, she has been in the industry for over a decade and keeps pushing the boundaries because for her, fashion is about freedom and that freedom is […]






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19Dec

In the final part of my interview with Fatoumata Diawara, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability that should not be mistaken for weakness, talks about her influences, identity and what she wants people to take from her music. A non-conformist, Diawara defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her […]






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12Dec

VLISCO, a Dutch owned company is one of the world’s biggest players when it comes to the production of African prints and its relationship with the African continent goes as far back as the 1900s. Its dazzling textiles are a firm part of West and Central African culture. Just how did a fabric not owned […]






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22Feb

Print Portfolio | Online Portfolio Welcome to my print portfolio page, where you can read some of my print features/articles. Below, are titles and PDFS of  my print journalism work, names of publications and articles contributed by me. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Above, you will also […]






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2Jun

Print Portfolio | Online Portfolio Welcome to my online portfolio page, where you can read some of my online articles. Below, are links to my online journalism work, names of publications and the articles I contributed. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Above, you will also find link […]






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3Feb

Chika Unigwe is a writer’s writer. That’s how Aminatta Forna, herself a writer described her. For me, Chika Unigwe is a hero. She took on a subject we all claim to know yet we don’t know the ins and out of it. On Black Sisters’ Street was a very personal book for me for different […]






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29Dec

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posted by Belinda Otas

Belinda Otas is a versatile journalist, writer, cultural critic and an independent blogger. She has a passionate interest in Africa: politics, social development, arts and culture, gender issues and the African diaspora. Currently working as a freelance journalist with various publications aimed at the international community – she has contributed to: Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC […]






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