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Here's How You Can Enter To Win a Pair of Tickets to She Leads Africa's SLAY Festival

She Leads Africa presents its first SLAY Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21—and one lucky winner has a chance to win a pair of tickets to attend.

We're days away from She Leads Africa's SLAY Festival that's touching down in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, Jan. 21.


The one-day fest can't be missed, which will be the ideal opportunity for African women to meet influential movers and shakers in various industries, get your self-care on and have fun.

OkayAfrica is giving one lucky winner a chance to win a pair of Motherland Mogul passes to the SLAY Festival. Here's what comes with this clutch perk:

  • Entry to festival and access to all vendor stations
  • Access to speaker sessions, masterclasses (first come, first served) and free activities

*Enter To Win Here*

Check out some of the speakers that will be dropping gems at the festival:

  • Fela Durotoye, CEO of Gemstone Group
  • Tara Durotoye, Founder of CEO of House of Tara
  • Mary Remmy Njoku, Film Producer and CEO of ROK Studios
  • M.I. Abaga, Rapper and Entrepreneur
  • Toke Makinwa, Author and Media Personality
  • Kemi Adetiba, Film and Music Video Director
  • Bolanle Olukanni, TV Host and Producer of On the Carpet with Bolinto
  • Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Founder of Invicta Africa and The Bobby Taylor Company
  • Audu Maikori, Founder of Chocolate City Entertainment
  • Kabir Shagaya, CEO of Zippy Logistics
  • Zainab Balogun, Actress, Model and TV Presenter
  • Arese Ugwu, Founder of Smart Money Africa

Be sure to check out more info from She Leads Africa, including the schedule, here.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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