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Rarely Seen Photos Of The Historic Fifth Pan-African Congress To Go On Display In London

A new exhibition featuring rarely seen images from the historic Fifth Pan-African Congress opens July 16 at Rivington Place in London.


John Deakin, Jomo Kenyatta, 1945. Courtesy Getty Images. © John Deakin/Picture Post/Getty Images

The Fifth Pan-African Congress is a forthcoming exhibition on the historic gathering of African and West Indian political leaders and intellectuals who met to discuss strategies for African political and economic liberation. The meeting, which took place in Manchester a few months after the end of WWII, was particularly significant due to the high number of African delegates present. The 1945 Pan-African Congress brought together a group of young African intellectuals and activists, including Jomo Kenyatta, Hastings Banda, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Kwame Nkrumah, who would return home to shape the liberation struggles of Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Ghana respectively. Curated by Autograph ABP director Mark Sealy, the show marks the 70th anniversary of the Congress, and is the first public presentation of English photographer John Deakin's body of work from the event.

Featuring over thirty of Deakin's images from the meeting, the exhibition also includes a selection of rare ephemera associated with the Congress, as well as a Pan African Film Lounge with screenings selected by guest curator June Givanni, including The First World Festival of Negro Arts (1966), W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1996), and Aimé Césaire:  A Voice for History (1994).

The Fifth Pan-African Congress is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and is produced in collaboration with the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images, who own the Picture Post archive. The exhibition is also supported by the Working Class Movement Library and Penumbra Productions Ltd. The exhibition opens July 16th at London's Rivington Place.

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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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