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Rebuilding the Nigerian Fashion Industry After Coronavirus

While the style capital of Africa remains shuttered, Nigerian fashion insiders have an ambitious plan to forge an independent path in a post-COVID world.

Alton Mason's Lagos-Shot Coming-of-Age Short Film

The model's new project was released as a social impact campaign to help COVID-19 relief in Nigeria in collaboration with Melanin Unscripted.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Nigeria's Live Music Industry

We break down what this change in climate spells for Nigeria's budding live entertainment sector, speaking with Gidi Fest's Chin Okeke.

Zainab Johnson is Creating Unapologetic Comedy

The standup comedian, actor and podcast host talks about growing up a Black, Muslim woman in New York and what it's like fasting for Ramadan in a COVID-19 world.

The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Davido, Kwesta, Mulatu Astatke, Bella Alubo, Hugh Masekela and more.

Google Doodle Spotlights Zimbabwe's Traditional Music With Mbira

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument whose sound has been popularised by musicians such as Stella Chiweshe, Leonard Chiyanike, Biggie Tembo and the Bhundu Boys, among many others.

Culture

The Man Introducing China to Afrobeats Through Dance

Until COVID-19 hit, Ghanaian artist Yoofi Greene was China's Afrobeats evangelist. Now he's eager to return and finish what he started.

Uncle Soft Is the Stylist Dressing Lagos’ New Class of Musicians

The Nigerian designer and stylist tells us about the process of creating his signature streetwear looks for the likes of Fireboy DML, Blaqbonez, Oxlade and more.

Interview

Interview: KiDi Shows a Different Side of Himself in the New 'Blue' EP

Ghanaian hitmaker KiDi speaks to us about Blue, a new 5-song EP which aims to calm and comfort listeners during these times.

Rwanda Is Using Robots to Screen COVID-19 Patients

The five new robots have the ability "to screen 50 to 150 people per minute," says the Health Ministry.

Burundian Government Shuts Down Social Media Amid Elections

As elections in Burundi continue despite the coronavirus outbreak, reports confirm that the government has shut down access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

This Psychotherapist Is On A Mission To Make Sure Black Women Feel Supported In A Global Pandemic

Bea Arthur's online platform The Difference offers tools to make therapy accessible to those who are historically denied emotional support: Black women.

Meet the AKO Caine Prize Shortlist

We spoke to the writers who've been shortlisted for this year's prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.

Culture

Ghana’s Dancing Pallbearers Are Showing The World How to Grieve

More than an ironic response to the COVID-19 crisis, the meme introduced a powerful Ghanaian mourning ritual to the world and with it some relief.

Groupe RTD: The Dancing Devils of Djibouti

Ostinato Records presents what they call "the first ever international album to emerge from Djibouti" from Groupe RTD, one of East Africa's best kept secrets.

Burna Boy, AKA, Angelique Kidjo & More to Perform During 'Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home'

Idris Elba is set to host the virtual concert, which will stream on YouTube on Africa Day.

Listen to Hugh Masekela’s New Compilation ‘Township Grooves’

Hugh Masekela's new compilation album consists of songs from the late South African jazz legend's albums released between 1965 and 1974.