Film

'Finding Fanon' Explores Race & Post-Colonial Identity Inside The World Of Grand Theft Auto

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy explore the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment in their 'Finding Fanon' trilogy.

'Finding Fanon 1', 4K Video, 2015, By Larry Achiampong and David Blandy. Photo credit: Claire Barrett


With the Finding Fanon trilogy, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy explore the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment. Combining art-house cinema with Machinima, the short film series follows the UK-based artists as they uncover Frantz Fanon's three lost plays as characters in Grand Theft Auto 5.

Throughout the series, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate the Martinican philosopher's ideas and set out to examine how the politics of race, racism and decolonization impact our relationships in an age of new technology, pop culture and globalization.

Achiampong tells Okayafrica that their work weaves together several stories, from how the artists’ family histories relate to colonial history to "an examination of how their relationship is formed through the virtual space, and thoughts on the implications of the post-human condition."

Watch the premiere of part two in Larry Achiampong and David Blandy's Finding Fanon trilogy below.

'Finding Fanon 2', 4K Video, 2015, By Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

'Finding Fanon 1', 4K Video, 2015, By Larry Achiampong and David Blandy. Photo credit: Claire Barrett

'Finding Fanon 1', 4K Video, 2015, By Larry Achiampong and David Blandy. Photo credit: Claire Barrett

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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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