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Wekafore's Sublime Short Film Honors His Grandmother and Nigeria's Golden Era of the 1970s

God Is A Black Woman features looks from the Nigerian designer's 2017/2018 campaign while celebrating the divinity of the black woman.

Emerging Nigerian designer to watch, Wekafore, has released a short film highlighting looks from his brand's 2017/2018 collection.

God Is A Black Woman, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Adriana Ramirez, is an ode to Wekafore's grandmother who lived during Nigeria's golden era of the 60s and 70s.

"When she was young and beautiful' he says in a statement, "she showed me the greatest love that anyone could have, she gave me my mother, she gave me life."

Wekafore honors, worships and immortalizes his grandmother in God is a Black Woman. You'll hear his thoughts in Yoruba layer the visuals, challenging the preconceived notion of God being a man.

"I feel more comfortable with the idea of God being a Woman," he continues. "A woman that gave birth to the world, and loved the world so much that she gave us her only son? How sexist and stupid it is for us to think that a man would do that ?'

As Wekafore continues to recreate Nigeria's golden moments, he taps into 1970s Nigeria, channeling the vibe and lifestyle of afro-rock, funk and disco culture—the raw passion and expression that his native country thrived in briefly—with little to no American or British influences. This inspiration is still needed, as he seeks to change the perspective of the future of African culture to Africans and to the world.

Watch God Is A Black Woman below.

Take a peak at Wekafore's 2017/2018 Collection here.

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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.;

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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.

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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.

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