OkayAfrica's 100 Women

Introducing OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2018 List

We're celebrating 100 African Women throughout the month of March.

There are too many women to count from the continent of Africa and its diaspora killing the game. Across genres, in every profession, around the globe. And every March, we take on the daunting, albeit rewarding, task of narrowing down this countless number of leaders and change agents to just a handful of honorees to feature on our 100 Women list.

We sort through nominations, pore over the latest news, and research shining stars in the specific genres of music, TV and film, politics and activism, business, fashion and beauty, art, sports, STEM, media and literature. We have heated debates, vote and revote. All to pay homage to this year's vanguard, a front line of African women ushering in innovation, advancements and, in all cases, completely overhauling stale perceptions of what exactly it means to be an African woman in any setting.

The inaugural OkayAfrica 100 Women List launched in March 2017 to broad acclaim with Academy Award-winning actress and Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong'o, critically acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and writer, actor and TV sensation Issa Rae among the women we celebrated.

This year's collective touts a host of trailblazing pioneers from the women of the Nigerian Bobsled Team, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, who made history in their unprecedented journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics, to Tony, GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning phenom Cynthia Erivo and more.

These women were not only handpicked for their utter excellence; we gauged their impact and influence, and this year, we hone in on the component of community building. It is one form of admirable triumph to pull oneself from the rubble, out of unfavorable circumstance, away from persecution, abuse, war... It is something else and altogether superhuman to run back into the settling dust to save others, in their communities, their countries, their continent and the world.

In short, they are superheroes. No, not from Wakanda. But from Lagos, Somalia and Sierra Leone, Botswana, Dakar and Nairobi to name a few. We at OkayAfrica are honored to uplift them and add to the growing number of collective 100 Women honorees for a campaign that last year successfully reached 72 million people. 72 MILLION. And each of those people received the same message:

African women are no longer requesting seats at the table. You might want to see about getting a seat at ours.

We've created a special hub at 100Women.OkayAfrica.com for you to follow along on this journey throughout the month of March as we roll out profiles, images, videos, q&a's and a number of other content we've created with these extraordinary women.

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The Lion King: A Music Story | Presented by Disney

We take you behind the scenes to find out just how big an impact 'The Lion King' and African music has had on the global music space.

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Twenty-five years later and the music of The Lion King still holds up. The live-action remake of the beloved Disney film has only further affirmed this, with folks still more than ready to sing along to its grand and unforgettable soundtrack. Since it first came out, African artists have carved out an indelible space in the international music scene, and the universal appeal of the Lion King's music is a testament to that.

African music is worldwide. From Johannesburg to São Paulo to New York City, we caught up with the likes of music composer Lebo M, veteran actor Dr. John Kani, choral director Khaya Mthethwa and artist Rincon Sapiência, for a new video to discuss the rising popularity of African music and culture in mainstream media and its global impact.

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Everyday Afrique Is Back For a Fourth of July Party in NYC!

Join us at The Well for a night featuring music from GuiltyBeatz, DJ Moma and more.

OkayAfrica, Everyday People, and Electrafrique's EVERYDAY AFRIQUE party is easily one of the best places to be during summer in New York City.

We're hosting our annual fourth of July bash this year for another installment of the party that brings out the city's finest. This July 4 we're taking EVERYDAY AFRIQUE to a new location at The Well in Brooklyn, where you can dance and drink the day & night away across the venue's outdoor and indoor spaces.

GRAB TICKETS TO EVERY AFRIQUE'S FOURTH OF JULY PARTY HERE

Music will be handled by star Ghanaian producer GuiltyBeatz, Everyday People's DJ Moma, Electrafrique's Cortega, Akio, Rich Knight, Silent Addy and AQ.

The night is hosted by Young Prince, Saada, Roble, Sinat, Giselle, Tropical Jwan, Shernita & Maine.

All details in the flyer below and grab your tickets here.

See you on the dance floor!

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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