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21 Streets In Lagos Are Being Named After Unsung Nigerian Women Heroes

The developer of a new community in Lagos wants to name 21 streets after "uncelebrated women in Nigeria's history."

While a statue was being erected in Jacob Zuma's honor in Nigeria over the weekend—for reasons still unknown—a developer in Lagos decided he would take on a commemorative project of his own, and it's infinitely better and far more necessary.


Okang Ashiwel Ochui, the project manager of a new housing complex in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos wants to name 21 streets in the new community after unsung women in Nigeria's history. He sent out a tweet yesterday, announcing his plan and asking followers for suggestions.

Ochui also sent out a list of possible names, which includes the "mother of modern African literature, Flora Nwapa," women's liberation leader Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, playwright Zulu Sofola and 17 other women undoubtedly worthy of recognition.

Here's his most current list:

This is the type of tribute we can get behind. We'd much rather reflect on the invaluable contributions that Nigerian women have made in the face of patriarchy, than acknowledge a man who's currently facing close to 800 counts of corruption—but, hey that's just us.

For more on African leaders you should know about, check out our list of seven underrated African heroes and our list of 12 iconic African women who've shaped our culture.

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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