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Why Do We Need to be a New Dubai When We're Already Lagos?: OluTimehin Adegbeye's Frank TED Talk

OluTimehin Adegbeye on the struggle for the soul and future of Lagos and what must be done to build a city for all Lagos residents.

"Lagos is my home" says OluTimehin Adegbeye in this provocative TED Talk.


She goes on, "Like any major city that place is a a lot of things, many of which are highly contradictory: our public transportation doesn't quite work so we have these privately owned bright yellow buses that regularly cause accidents. Luxury car showrooms line badly maintained and often flooded roads. Street evangelism is only slightly less ubiquitous than street harassment. Sex workers sometimes have two degrees, a bank job and a prominent role in church. On any give day there can be a party or a burned body in the middle of the street."

Instead of eradicating poverty, she warns, her government seems intent on eliminating the poor. Watch below, as Adegbeye lays out the struggles for the soul and future of Lagos and makes an argument for building the kind of city that is responsive to the needs of all its resident, not just a few.

https://www.ted.com/talks/olutimehin_adegbeye_who_belongs_in_a_city?utm_campaign=tedspread--b&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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