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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Nominated For A Grammy

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is up for an 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award as part of Beyoncé's album.


Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie could be earning herself an unexpected accolade this weekend at The Grammys, where she's nominated for 'Album of The Year' as part of Beyoncé's self-titled LP. The credit, of course, comes from "Flawless," the Beyoncé single which uses a lengthy sample of Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists' TEDxEuston speech, in which the writer urges audiences to dismiss the notion of feminism being inherently "un-African." As Beyoncé explains in the video below, "I was scrolling through videos about feminism on youtube and I ran across this video of this incredible Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie. Everything she said is exactly how I feel. 'We raise girls to see each other as competitors. Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing,  but for the attention of men.'" The Grammy news comes a few days after Adichie penned 'Lights Out in Nigeria,'  a New York Times op-ed on the quality of electricity in Nigeria, and had a personal piece about her struggles with depression published without permission by The Guardian. Watch Beyoncé speaking about the influence of Adichie's words on "Flawless" below.

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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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