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Okayafrica Seeks Editorial Interns In New York City

To apply for Okayafrica’s editorial internship send 3 writing samples, a cover letter and a resume to interns@okayafrica.com.


We’re looking for the brightest writers/bloggers in the NYC area to join our editorial team. To apply for Okayafrica’s editorial internship send 3 writing samples, a cover letter and a resume to interns@okayafrica.com.

Our intern program is an intensive immersion into the world of online publishing and cultural journalism and will most benefit those planning a career in media. You will participate in everything from editorial planning and reporting to image research and assisting on multimedia shoots.

In your cover letter, please tell us about your connection to the continent and what you hope to gain from the internship.

Requirements:

-While we can accommodate your schedule, you must be NYC-based and able to commute to our Brooklyn office.

-You must have a strong writing background and the clips to prove it.

-Blogging and social media experience is a plus.

-This position is specifically aimed at people with an interest in new music, art, politics and culture from around Africa and the diaspora.

-The internship is unpaid but college credit is available.

To apply, email interns@okayafrica.com with a resume, cover letter and writing examples.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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