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Tonight, Come Join Junior Achievement Africa in New York City

Frank Aswani, Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Higherlife Foundation will be giving the keynote speech at the Facebook offices about investing in Africa's future.

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In just 15 years, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world. How we prepare them now will determine the course of our businesses and our economies.

JA Africa is moving the needle of youth economic empowerment in Africa, bridging the gap between education and the world of work through: Entrepreneurship education, Financial literacy and Workforce-readiness. Over 240,000 students are equipped each year with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the workforce and take on business leadership in the future.

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Join JA Africa, Facebook and OkayAfrica for an evening to learn why youth economic empowerment is important in Africa and how you too can invest in Africa's future. You will hear the stories of JA Africa alumni—brilliant young Africans who are changing the trajectory of the continent.

Our keynote speaker, Frank Aswani, Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Higherlife Foundation, will also be speaking about the importance of work and economic growth for youth. Until last month, Frank led the Business Development team at African Leadership Academy delivering on corporate partnerships, network development and managing strategic relationships.

We hope to see you this Friday, September 21st at 6:30 PM at Facebook's office: 225 Park Avenue South. Email juniorachievementafrica@eventsatfacebook.com with your full name and email address to RSVP.

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Interview: Walshy Fire On Reconnecting Africa and the Caribbean through The Sound Of Rum

A conversation with the Jamaican born DJ/Producer and Bacardi Sound Of Rum curator who's worked with Mr Eazi, Vanessa Mdee, Ice Prince and Runtown.

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"If we aren't talking about growth, positivity and good energy in the opportunities that we have, then we're wasting our opportunities" Walshy Fire says. "It's about helping move the culture forward - which is what I want to do". The artist, born Leighton Paul Walsh, recently released his Afrobeats and dancehall-fusing debut solo album, ABENG, after achieving global success as one third of supergroup Major Lazer and producing standout hits such as Koffee's "Toast".

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BUDX Lagos is Bringing Together Some of Nigeria's Biggest Culture Creators

For three days in June, Lagos will be home to a global celebration of creativity. And it's free.

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At the heart of all cultural movements are the people that drive it. That's the philosophy behind BUDX, a globe-traveling celebration of creativity from electronic music magazine Mixmag and Budweiser beer. The goal of BUDX is to unite and spotlight outstanding creative minds by focusing on exciting local scenes from around the world. From Tokyo to Lagos to Ho Chi Minh City, BUDX presents the absolute best that these cities have to offer across cultural hot points including music, art, technology, fashion and film. Innovative and carefully curated talks, masterclasses, installations, visual arts and performances, give creative leaders their time to shine.

The latest edition of BUDX, is happening in Lagos from June 26th to 28th. That's three full days and nights of music panels, workshops and parties featuring many of Nigeria's biggest stars alongside global speakers and artists.

The speaker's list is stacked with OkayAfrica favorites. Day one sees Trinidadian DJ and former Major Lazer affiliate Jillionaire who will talk about how music is bridging the gap between Africa and the Caribbean—one of our favorite topics. Then DJ Obi will talk about how he fought sleep deprivation, hallucinations, hunger and fatigue while breaking the record during a DJ set that lasted 10 days. Later Jillionaire will cap off a night of performances featuring Ycee, Rema, DJ Obi and Smallz the DJ.

Day 2 brings style icons Tokyo James, Orange Culture and Ladipoe together to talk about the evolution of Nigerian fashion into the globally influential scene it is today. Following that, Teni the Entertainer, OkayAfrica's "breakout star of 2018" will lead a panel on how Nigerian women are leading the next wave of Nigerian culture. Then the discussion will turn to Nigeria's biggest cultural export—film—with the multitalented Kemi Adetiba and legendary filmmaker Sesan Ogunro alongside pop-music icon Banky W. The panels will be followed by performances from Distruction Boyz, Teni the Entertainer, DJ Nana and special guests TBA.

The next day Zlatan, the man behind the Zanku dance sensation, will talk about Nigerian dances going viral with Westsyde Lifestyle NG. Then DJ Lambo and DJ Nana will discuss how female DJs are guiding Nigeria's club scene while Mayorkun and Ycee will talk about how Nigerian artists are infiltrating the global mainstream. That night expect performances from some of Nigeria's most exciting singers right now—Runtown, Mayorkun and Zlatan with DJ Crowd Kontroller and DJ Consequence.

So, come to BUDX Lagos for a three day program meant to amplify the voices and stories of rising artists, to seize new, energizing opportunities and encourage all culture creators to rise up and Be a King.

Entry to this exclusive series of events is free but you need to RSVP via www.budxlagos.splashthat.com.

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The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' December Reading with Simone Bresi-Ando

We're back with another Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help guide you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

It's the a new month and that means we're ready for a new Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help you navigate your December.

After cleansing the space, Simone will pull five Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards from a deck of 44 Adinkra symbols—these cards help to channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols when read correctly. Remember, as Simone says, "these readings tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know—our ancestors are emotionally pure."

Simone gives a general reading of what December has in store to help you know what actions and thoughts are necessary to get the best out of the month. This is a special installment as it also guides you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

Watch below.

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