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AÏSSA MAÏGA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Aïssa Maïga is a Senegalese-born French actress. She moved to France when she was 9 and has been acting since the ‘90s. In 2007, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a César Award, France’s highest acting honor, for her performance in Bamako as a disillusioned bar singer. Maga is a major player both on-screen and in style. Vogue sites her as their “French girl style crush” and says Maïga has “never once disappointed.” Outside of being a style staple, she has also been the ambassador of AMREF for several years. AMREF is an African non-governmental organization dedicated to training medical personnel involved in caring for mothers and children.


 

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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