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Cecile Emeke's 'Ackee & Saltfish' Wraps Up With A Case Of Missing Saltfish

In the final episode of UK filmmaker Cecile Emeke's web series 'Ackee & Saltfish,' Rachel and Olivia deal with a case of missing saltfish.


All month we've been keeping up with the onscreen antics of best friends Olivia and Rachel in UK filmmaker Cecile Emeke's latest project, a short film and five-part web series entitled Ackee & Saltfish. "Emeke’s portrayal of two young Black women is unlike anything else on TV or the web right now," Okayafrica contributor Adwoa Afful wrote in a review ahead of the series premiere. "Yet something about it feels familiar. There’s no contrived romantic subplot, no barriers the characters need to overcome, no existential crises they need to work through. Rather, Emeke has the confidence and skill to let her characters do what two young Black women are so rarely allowed to do on screen – just hang out."

Four episodes in, we've seen the girls banter over Lauryn Hill concert tickets, the desirability of "back bread," a rainy day at a carpet shop and the acceptability of a pre-interview superstition. The season's fifth and final episode revisits the Jamaican dish the show takes its name from. In "Deception," the two friends find themselves in a case of "pre-meditated" culinary sabotage when they open a container of ackee and saltfish minus the saltfish. "Only someone who is trying to hurt us could do this," Olivia (Michelle Tiwo) points out as her and Rachel (Vanessa Babirye) wallow in disgust over the missing ingredient. "You're basically just spitting on our culture," she adds. Watch the final installment of Ackee & Saltfish, "Deception," below, and catch up on episode one, "The Lauryn Hill Tickets," episode two, "Breakfast," episode three, "The Carpet Shop," and episode four, "The Job Interview."

>>>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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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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