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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 […]


If you are on Facebook and Twitter, then you are no stranger to the work of Jide Alakija, who in my opinion is photographer extraordinaire. Whenever I need to escape and find a place to dream, I go to his website. Alakija documents marriage ceremonies and other events but don’t call him a wedding photographer. […]


Walking into Level 2 Gallery at the Tate Modern, one of Britain’s foremost art landscapes to view Contested Terrains, the first thing that comes to mind is why are the halls empty? This is an exhibition that is supposed to be breaking down artistic barriers and bring talents from the African continent to a global […]


The arc Gallery is fast becoming a hot spot for contemporaneous African art on the UK artistic landscape. In recent times it has played host to the work of Rahmon Olugunna, a third generation Oshogboartist and the launch of 101 Nigerian Artists: A celebration of Modern Nigerian Art, which features some of the artists, whose […]


Endometriosis affects one in ten women around the world, yet little is known about the cause of this debilitating condition which can also render its sufferers infertile. I spoke to experts and victims to shed light on a neglected and potential killer of women in their prime. Adelaide Damoah is an artist of Ghanaian-British heritage. […]


Listed by the Powerlist 2011, as one of the most influential black people in Britain, Sandie Okoro is the Global General Counsel for Barings, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious financial institutions. The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Trinidadian mother,  and in her 40s, Okoro is one of a few women […]


With her earnest lyrics, a haunting and soothing sound and a raspy, seductive and magnetic voice, AYO has won adoring fans across Europe, North America and Africa, for her openness which many can relate to. In her own words, AYO on music as her therapy and why identity is important to her.   Belinda: What […]


The Oval House theatre has established itself as a venue for international playwriting, where playwrights from different parts of the world can come and share their stories. With its innovative new performance work that celebrates the diversity of cosmopolitan London, it has given us productions like Vakomana Vaviri Ve Zimbabwe (Two Gentlemen of Verona) with […]


  From NPR: African Writer Helps Put Her Community On Media Map   While stories typically associated with African literature may not top summer reading lists, a generation of African writers is trying to change that perception. To learn more, host Michel Martin speaks with Taiye Selasi, whose short story “The Sex Lives of African […]


Virago Foundation’s staging of Wedlock of The Gods has been described as a ‘new and radical production’ of Zulu Sofola’s award-winning play. Back by popular demand, Wedlock of The Gods is a classic piece of African literature, which exposes and examines the controversial subject of arranged marriage, still a taboo in today’s 21st Century world, […]


Rahmon Olugunna’s work is said to ‘evoke the fertile artistic landscape of Oshogbo’s cultural heritage and artistic movement.’ A third generation Oshogbo artist, Olugunna keeps pushing artistic boundaries with his abstract interpretations, set in a ‘mosaic of striking colours and patterns’ but maintains his passion to keep the intrinsic representation of Yoruba mythology and culture. […]


Staying with the theme of health, my post for the last two days has been about healthcare in Africa, Africa’s Healthcare: Advances and Concerns Parts 1 & 2. Today, I am going across the ocean and with the help of CNN, African Voices, I would like to bring your attention to the story of Amina […]


It is my understanding the speech below, was given by Attahiru M. Jega, as he announced the postponement of the Nigerian elections, which should have started today to 4 April.  While I empathise with him and my fellow Nigerians, this is a cock-up of the highest order and could have been avoided. Nigeria, by all […]


I wrote about my eventful journey to EC Osondu’s reading at the Southbank, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, I must add the journey to and fro was worth it. EC Osondu is as interesting in person as the stories on the pages of his book, full of warmth and humour. It was an evening which […]


Fela! has been described as a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, which explores the extravagant, rebellious and controversial world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. However, little has been said of the women, who shaped his life. As the acclaimed production prepares to bring down the curtain down on its London run, […]


Stella Damasus is one of Nollywood’s biggest and most popular female stars. However, when the lights are out and the cameras are not rolling, this free spirited woman with a strong sense of self and desire to impact the lives of young people is busy building a business empire. A little while back, she told […]


Lola Shoneyin’s debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, is a tragic-comedy, which tells the story of Baba Segi, a larger-than-life character with a boisterous personality, his four wives and their riotous polygamous household. Set in Nigeria, Shoneyin explores and exposes the detrimental effects of polygamy on those caught up in it. In […]