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Adekunle Gold. Photo by Oluwaseye.

This Is What Adekunle Gold's Shows at Lincoln Center & Howard Theatre Looked Like

The Nigerian artist packed-out venues in New York & Washington, D.C. for our concerts.

Last week, OkayAfrica hosted two major shows with Nigerian singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold at NYC's Lincoln Center's Out of Doors summer concert series and Washington, D.C.'s historic Howard Theatre.

Adekunle Gold took over the stage on both nights and filled it with his signature blend of urban highlife and pop, backed by the powerful live sounds of The 79th Element. He had the packed-out crowds singing along and dancing to every song as he weaved together his Yoruba, English and Pidgin English vocals.

The NYC show at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors was kicked off by DJ Poizon Ivy and Olayinka Ehi, and featured surprise appearances from Shirazee, Michael Brun and Moelogo. Despite a little rain interval, the crowd stuck around in full force to watch Adekunle Gold and sing along. The NYC night was hosted by Young Prince and Shernita.

The Howard Theatre show was packed. It kicked off by DJ Jamstarr and singer Desbee, and featured a set from Mannywellz. That evening in D.C. was hosted by Raro Lae.

Check out photos—taken by Oluwaseye, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and TosinShotIt—from both OkayAfrica's New York City and Washington, D.C. shows with Adekunle Gold below.


NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors 

Adekunle Gold. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Shernita. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Young Prince & DJ Poizon Ivy. Photo by Oluwaseye.

DJ Poizon Ivy. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Michael Brun & Shirazee. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Moelogo & AG. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Olayinka Ehi. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Shirazee. Photo by Adama Delphine Fawunda.

OkayAfrica's CEO, Abiola Oke. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Bankulli. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Backstage. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Adama Delphine Fawundu.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Washington, D.C. at Howard Theatre

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

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mannywellz

Mannywellz. Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Adekunle Gold. Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

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Image supplied by Candice Chirwa.

In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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