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OkayAfrica and Global Citizen Present 'The Next 100 Summit'

We're partnering with Global Citizen to gather leaders, thinkers and doers from the continent and diaspora to define what it will take to cultivate our next generation of leaders.

In celebration of what would be Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, we are called upon to consider how we can continue his legacy in the next 100 years to come. It's on us to reexamine what advancement means and what progress looks like on the continent—as well as define what it will take to cultivate our next generation of leaders.

OkayAfrica and Global Citizen are teaming up to host The Next 100 Summit—a consortium of thought leaders in order to have a discourse around where we are today and where we are going in the future.


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On Thursday, November 29, 2018, at The Venue at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, The Next 100 Summit will bring together the most influential leaders, thinkers, and doers from across sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora to discuss how we can come together and build a better future. The Summit will consist of thought-provoking panels and opportunities for leaders to share their expertise with one another with a focus on unearthing the opportunities that lay ahead.

After the substantial day of the rubbing of minds, a concert you can't miss will follow featuring South Africa's very own Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Nonku and The Soil. The concert will be hosted by media personality, fashion designer and actress Nandi Madida.

OkayAfrica will be livestreaming The Next 100 Summit on YouTube—lock it this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CAT to catch the Summit and at 5:00 p.m. CAT to tune into the concert.

The Next 100 Summit and Concert www.youtube.com

Interview

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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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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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