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'Ackee & Saltfish' Web Series Debuts With 'The Lauryn Hill Tickets'

UK filmmaker Cecile Emeke's new webseries 'Ackee & Saltfish' debuts online with 'The Lauryn Hill Tickets.'


Vanessa Babirye (left) and Michelle Tiwo (right) as Rachel and Olivia in 'Ackee & Saltfish'

UK director, writer and multimedia artist Cecile Emeke's recently released short film Ackee & Saltfish introduced viewers to the lives and preoccupations of Olivia and Rachel, two young black women trying to make sense of changes in their rapidly gentrified London neighborhood. This past Sunday, the filmmaker, whose work includes the conversation series Strolling, returned with a new web-based version of the film that will follow Olivia and Rachel's friendship through weekly episodes. Actresses Michelle Tiwo and Vanessa Babirye reprise their roles in the series, offering more of the good-natured banter they delivered in the Ackee & Saltfish film.

Like its synopsis, the first episode is short and sweet: "Olivia's world is thrown into turmoil when Rachel tells her that the tickets to the Lauryn Hill concert sold out and that she could not buy any." Watch episode one of Ackee & Saltfish, "The Lauryn Hill Tickets," below to find out how Olivia handles the news. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of the series as episodes become available each week.

>>>Read: Okayafrica's interview with Cecile Emeke

>>>Read: UK Filmmaker Cecile Emeke’s Portrayal Of Two Young Black Women In Ackee & Saltfish Is Unlike Anything Else On Screen

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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