Nasty C & Runtown in "Said."

The 15 Best Nigerian-South African Collaborations

Featuring "Soweto Baby," "All Eyes On Me," "Tchelete," "Particula," "Rands & Nairas," and many, many more.

The long history of musical collaborations between Nigeria and South Africa has brought a rich harvest that exemplifies a strong symbiosis between indigenous musical heritage (highlife, house, etc.) and that which we have inherited from African-Americans (hip-hop and R&B;).

Our list showcases the best of many such collaborations with notable omissions which include "Juice Back" by Nasty C, Davido and Cassper Nyovest; but also wished-for inclusions like "How Long" by Davido and Tinashe, who is from next door Zimbabwe and so hindered by a minor geographical hiccup. Read on for our list of the best Nigerian and South African collaborations.

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Taiye Idahor's First UK Exhibit Showcases the Cultural Splendor of Bini Coral Beads

We speak to the artist about her latest series "Okhuo," honoring powerful women which is currently showing at London's Tyburn Gallery.

In "Okhou", her first solo exhibition in the UK, Nigerian artist, Taiye Idahor, has introduced her signature works of historical and cultural significance to the Benin Empire and Nigerian history to London's art world, in a confident fashion.

Her first solo exhibition "Hairvolution" (2014) was held at the Whitespace Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria where she is also based. "Okhuo" opened at London's Tyburn Gallery where it will be on show until May 9. The collection consists of 11 new works, a set of 30 smaller works on perforated paper and 4 previously exhibited ones.

In what is now present-day Southern Nigeria, the Benin Kingdom dates back to the 11th century and reached the height of its military and cultural dominance in the 16th century during the reign of Oba Esigie whose mother, Queen Idia, is said to have ensured her son's rule with a combination of political clout and sorcery. Queen Idia was herself a renowned warrior whose new role as Queen Mother, added to her stature and myth as an exemplar of industry and ambition.

The works Ms Idahor has made for "Okhuo," which translate to "woman" in Bini, do not feature physical representations. They, in fact, have no physical human features and are instead figurative renderings of Benin iconography, the most prominent of which are coral beads ("ivie" in Bini)—used as symbols of high office and status, a tradition that has continued into the present day.

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Brymo in "Heya!"

The 15 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

The best Nigerian music of the month featuring Olamide, Brymo, Tiwa Savage, Simi and many more.

Beyoncé's towering set at Coachella could well be up there with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (a point she already made with Lemonade). Wizkid's own history-making sets were cancelled due to visa failures, a development which Nigerian music writer, Joey Akan, in his first story for OkayAfrica, concluded is a missed opportunity for Afropop. Maybe true, but then Beyoncé cancelled her set last year for private reasons only to make up for it with more goodness than anyone expects, or deserves.

Two more reasons to relish the genius of "Bey-chella" are the sampling of Nigerian novelist and thinker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from her essay "We Should All Be Feminists" on "Bow Down" and her riveting excursions into Fela Kuti's unmatched body of work by melding the bass guitar on her song "Deja Vu" with the horn and guitar arrangements on Fela's "Zombie"—as best a genetic reconstitution of Black and African music and cultural icons, as you'd find anywhere.

Read on for our selection of best Nigerian songs of the month.

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