Video

People Want to Hate this Video from Mr Shaa and Bobrisky But They Can't

Because it's catchy as hell and homophobia is irrational poisonous nonsense.

Taking social media infamy and channelling it into mainstream pop-stardom was basically the theme of 2017. The latest crossover attempt comes in a new video from the controversial Nigerian personality Bobrisky.


Bobrisky made waves last month after rumors spread that the social media influencer also known as Idris Okuneye had been arrested after coming out as gay. The real story was more complicated than the rumors would suggest and the drama had the attention of people both inside and out of Nigeria.

Every time OkayAfrica publishes anything that even touches on queerness we get dozens of comments calling us "the homosexual agenda" and other such nonsense. And so we will inevitably get dragged by the homophobes for posting this video from Ghanaian-based Afrobeats artist Mr Shaa featuring the Nigerian online provocateur Bobrisky. But you know what, it's catchy as hell and, judging by this weekend's social media comments, even the haters are getting into it.

Here's what people are saying online—both the haters and the fans—about this new Bobrisky video.

popular
Tay Iwar. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

Keep reading... Show less
Featured
Photo: Dancers of the Asociación Cultural Afro Chincha Perú via Wikimedia Commons

After Decades of Erasure, Afro-Peruvians Will Finally be Counted in the National Census

Despite an Afro-Peruvian cultural resurgence not a lot has been done to increase the population's visibility on a political level.

In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

Ghana's Kuami Eugene has been an artist to watch—especially as he shows himself to hold his own on collab tracks.

The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

"Meji Meji" was produced by Fresh VDM, with the video directed by Twitch & Rex.

Take a look at the vibrant video below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.