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Don't Miss Yvonne Orji and Luvvie Ajayi's New Podcast 'Jesus and Jollof'

The podcast, which premieres July 11, uses humor to explore the experiences of first-generation Nigerian-American women.

Podcasts lovers, you're in for a major treat—and yes, it involves jollof rice.

Two of our absolute faves, comedian and actor Yvonne Orji and writer, speaker and cultural critic, Luvvie Ajayiwho were both honored on OkayAfrica's 100 Women list in 2017—have teamed up for Jesus and Jollof, a new podcast exploring the lived experiences, relationships, aspirations, and everything in between of first-generation Nigerian-American women, with a comedic twist. Why Jesus and jollof, you ask? According to Orji and Ajayi those are the "two things they cannot do without."

The two shared what we can expect from the upcoming first season in an email to OkayAfrica:


"The first season of Jesus and Jollof explores our stories, as Nigerian women who grew up in the United States. Being artists was not the plan, but how did it happen for us? From hilarious discussions about our squad to the pains of the glow up, we bring our hearts and humor to Jesus and Jollof!"

Ajayi is also the host of the podcast Rants and Randomness which premiered earlier this year.

The first episode drops tomorrow, July 11 and new episodes will be posted every other Wednesday. You can subscribe to Jesus and Jollof now via iTunes. You can listen to the first episode here.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Fik Fameica, Michael Kiwanuka, Wale, and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Nnedi Okorafor's Highly-Anticipated Memoir, 'Broken Places & Outer Spaces,' Is Here

This is the first work of non-fiction to come from the prolific science fiction writer.

Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed Nigerian-American science fiction, fantasy and magical realism writer, has released her first work of non-fiction, Brittle Paper reports.

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected is her memoir chronicling the journey from being a star athlete to facing paralysis—to her eventual creative awakening. Published by TED Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, the prolific author gives us a powerful example and guide of how our perceived limitations can have the potential to become our greatest strengths.

"I've been writing this on and off since it all happened," she explains in a thread on Twitter. "The original manuscript is over 300 pages. I *needed* to record every detail while they were fresh, so there are parts of this book that I wrote while I still wasn't quite able to walk."

Here's a snippet of the synopsis from the publisher below:

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Michael Kiwanuka Teams Up With Tom Misch for Disco-Inspired Single 'Money'

The British-Ugandan musician explores the dangers of money on an infectious new collaboration with British producer Tom Misch.

It's been a while since we heard from British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, but he's back with a new single and we couldn't be more here for it.

The artist teamed up with fellow British musician Tom Misch for the funk and disco-inspired single "Money." The mid tempo song is one made for chill summer nights, as Kiwanuka soulful vocals pair smoothly with Misch impressive guitar work. The '70s influence comes off strongly on the nearly 5-minute track.

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