Events

She Leads Africa Celebrates Innovation, Culture and Business at Its First SLAY Festival

Start the year off on the right foot alongside influential and encouraging African women at She Leads Africa's first SLAY Festival in Lagos.

If you happen to be in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, Jan. 21, and you're a woman who's looking for a space to start 2017 strong with networking, self-care tips and continuing your glow-up, this event is just for you.


OkayAfrica is a proud media partner of She Leads Africa's first SLAY Festival—an outdoor celebration of innovation, culture, business, technology, and of course, the African woman.

Held at the Railway Corporation in Ebute-Metta, Lagos, the festival is set to feature influential speakers, a virtual reality lab and exhibition, a consultants corner for free business advice, a marketplace with women entrepreneurs and so much more.

While you're able get your professional life together through the festival's practical and informational programming, it's sure to be a day of fun including Maggi's Jollof Rice Bar, Cointreau's Cool Out Lounge, an art exhibition curated by ALARA, Kinky Apothecary's natural styling bar, a live performance by Tomi Owo and more.

The following guests will also be present to share their valuable insights:

  • Fela Durotoye, CEO of Gemstone Group
  • Tara Durotoye, Founder of CEO of House of Tara
  • Mary Remmy Njoku, Film Producer and CEO of ROK Studios
  • M.I. Abaga, Rapper and Entrepreneur
  • Toke Makinwa, Author and Media Personality
  • Kemi Adetiba, Film and Music Video Director
  • Bolanle Olukanni, TV Host and Producer of On the Carpet with Bolinto
  • Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Founder of Invicta Africa and The Bobby Taylor Company
  • Audu Maikori, Founder of Chocolate City Entertainment
  • Kabir Shagaya, CEO of Zippy Logistics
  • Zainab Balogun, Actress, Model and TV Presenter
  • Arese Ugwu, Founder of Smart Money Africa

Tickets start at N3,000 when purchased in advance. Click here for more details. She Leads Africa also has the schedule available for viewing here.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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