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Andrew Dosunmu's 'The African Game'

Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's 'The African Game' series is currently on display at NYUAD Arts Center.

Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's (Mother of George, Restless City) 2006 collection The African Game explores the diverse relationships between soccer and "modern African culture, life and identity. A compelling, on-the-ground depiction of Africa's passion for soccer," Dosunmu's striking photographs of stadium crowds and fans from across Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Côte D’Ivoire, Angola, Ghana, Tunisia, and Egypt were published alongside lively essays by writer Knox Robinson. In a recent interview with NYU Abu Dhabi, Dosunmu expanded on the vision behind The African Game:


"The pictures go beyond the sport itself," Dosunmu mentions. "I wanted to document how soccer was celebrated on the continent. It’s a joy. It’s a gathering. It’s a place of fun. When you look at European soccer fans, or most soccer fans around the world, there’s always this hooliganism that is attached to it. I wanted to show a different kind of soccer spirit. My soccer pictures are really about the fan. I wanted to capture them. It’s about the joy that comes across. I really tried to focus on the passion and the people. I’m not an voyeur. I’m an insider myself, so it made it easier to capture those moments."

The African Game is currently on display from March 4 to March 14 at the NYUAD Arts Center in Abu Dhabi as part of the Kicking + Screening Festival. Browse through a gallery of select pictures from the exhibition above.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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