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Jidenna Visited His Childhood Home in Nigeria & Launched a Scholarship at Enugu State University

Jidenna visited his childhood home of Enugu and launched a scholarship dedicated to his late father Professor Oliver Mobisson.

Jidenna recently took a trip to Nigeria, the birthplace of his father.


During his visit, the "Classic Man" singer played a show at Lagos' Hard Rock Cafe, where he was spotted sharing the stage with Burna Boy.

Shortly afterwards, Jidenna hopped on a plane to visit his childhood home of Enugu.

"That's the town that I grew up in," the Nigerian-American singer mentions in the video. "I'm from a state called Imo state but I actually grew up in Enugu... this is like that kind of hometown feeling when I go back."

During his childhood, Jidenna lived in Enugu while his Igbo father worked as a professor of Computer Science at Enugu State University. His name in Igbo means "embrace the father."

While there, Jidenna and his sister launched a scholarship in Computer Engineering at ESU, named after their late father Professor Oliver Mobissonreports VeeNaija.

During the endowment ceremony, Jidenna recalled that his father "worked with professors and students of this institution to create the first commercially produced personal computer, here in this university," writes VeeNaija.

Watch Jidenna's nostalgic visit to his childhood home above.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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