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Remembering Nigerian 'Hairstyles' Photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Remembering Nigerian 'Hairstyles' photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, who passed away February 2nd, 2014, at the age of 83.

Iconic Nigerian photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere passed on Sunday, February 2nd, at the age of 83. Ojeikere, who first picked up a camera aged 20 and went on to become an active member of the Nigerian Art Council in the late 1960s, has been celebrated worldwide for his Hairstyles series, a collection of 1000+ photos of Nigerian hairstyles that have risen to an iconic status in the worlds of fashion and photography for their role in documenting a key aspect of Nigerian femininity. Above we remember Ojeikere's contribution to art, fashion and history through his photos of Nigerian hairstyles.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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