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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Pens Op-Ed on the Ongoing Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon

The Nigerian author tackles the growing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon in a recently published essay in the New York Times.

The ongoing crisis in Cameroon between the country's Anglophone minority and Francophone majority, continues to threaten the lives of citizens, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee English-speaking regions in order to escape violence.

The crisis is the subject of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest opinion piece for the New York Times entitles The Carnage of the Cameroons. In the essay, the celebrated author discusses the personal experience of a friend, originally from the English-speaking city of Bamenda in Cameroon, and the life-long marginalization he's faced as a result. "To be born an Anglophone was to grow up acutely aware of your marginal identity," Adichie writes.

Adichie, calls out the Cameroonian government's neglect of its English-speaking population, and the systemic violence against them.


She breaks down the legacy of colonialism in the West African country, which was first colonized by Germany and later split between Great Britain and France, with France maintaining the larger portion of the country. After independence, the country remained divided, starting out as a bilingual nation comprised of two autonomous regions before doing away with the dual federal structure altogether in 1972 and "effectively swallowing the Anglophone region's autonomy."

"This is a story about an African nation's fatal disregard of its minority population. It is also a story about the muddled sludge of colonial history," reads the introduction.

English-speaking Cameroonians make up about 20 percent of the country's population. Since the beginning of the crisis, hundreds of people have been killed and around 20,000 have fled to neighboring Nigeria. In October, deadly clashes between the government and separatist groups, led to multiple deaths and injuries. Internet access in the region has been blocked on several occasions.

A large influx of people are currently trying to leave the country's Southwestern town of Buea for French-speaking cities, due to threats by separatist leaders that they plan to disrupt the upcoming presidential election on October 7, according to VOA.

Read Adichie's full peice in the New York Times.

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C.J. Obasi On Bringing the Legend of Mami Wata to the Big Screen

The Nigerian director saw a vision of Mami Wata, then made a film that became the toast of Sundance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography.

C.J. Obasi’s third feature length film MamiWata has taken Sundance by storm. The mesmerizing fable, which marks the first time a home-grown Nigerian film scores a competition prize at the Sundance Film Festival, delves into the myth of the Mami Wata folklore, a terrifying mermaid goddess popular across West Africa. Obasi’s MamiWata tells a simple enough story of good versus evil, and the importance of maintaining balance while hurtling towards societal change. But Obasi is not your basic filmmaker, and his interpretation of this well-known folklore is a startling cinematic achievement that advances his singular vision.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Popcaan x Burna Boy, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mr Eazi, Baaba Maal, Pheelz and more.

Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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