Afrikan Boy Answers 'The Questions' For Okayafrica TV

Okayafrica TV caught up with Afrikan Boy at SXSW 2014 for a round of 'The Questions.'

Nigerian/Londoner Afrikan Boy is always on the grind. In between churning out one victory lap after the other, making waves in the fashion world as head of the Y.A.M. style collective, and (most recently) taking on fatherly duties, the young, ambitious, and motivated afro-grimesmith flew out to Austin back in March for his SXSW debut. It was there that Okayafrica TV caught up with Afrikan Boy in Austin to hit him with a round of "The Questions." What vintage Nigerian musicians would he like to work with? What's it like being a dad? Will he ever become Afrikan Man? What is the meaning of Y.A.M.? What's the most important item he packed for South By? Watch Afrikan Boy answer these questions and more (plus namecheck our South African friends Petite Noir and Spoek Mathambo) in the latest episode of Okayafrica TV below.


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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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