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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.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.