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Forbes Life Africa & Forbes Woman Africa

Two years since the launch of Forbes Africa, the magazine is launching Forbes Woman Africa and Forbes Life Africa.


It's been two years since Forbes Africa launched and, to mark the occasion, they've launched Forbes Woman Africa and Forbes Life Africa. "Forbes Woman Africa follows the success of Forbes Africa. There are so many stories of success on the African continent that we will never be able to do justice to all the woman making a difference in the corporate world, which is the principal reason why I took the decision to have a separate magazine for women. We are looking forward to making this the most sought after business magazine for women on the continent" said founder and vice chairman of the ABN Group, Rakesh Wahi. Businesswoman and "African fashion champion," Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is pictuered on the first cover of Forbes Woman Africa, the feature article expands on the notion that power is not only about money.

Africa keeps rising and it's a delight to have two more magazines focusing on the continent. For the first edition of Forbes Life Africa, the publication chose to feature "supermodel-turned-businesswoman-turned-activist" Alek Wek for the cover. Wek has been representing the continent over 15 years on runways, covers, and charity campaigns all over the worlds, which makes her an apt fit as for cover girl of Forbes Life Africa. "Forbes Life Africa opens up a new platform for debate and expression on the rich stories of everything from lifestyle and sports to the arts. From cigar lounges in Nairobi and music for the masses to the millionaire as a consumer, the publication will highlight the continent’s wealth, youth, action and vitality." Let's hope these publications don't disappoint with their coverage of our beloved continent.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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