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XOkayAfrica: Maleek Berry Takes 'Kontrol' In Our New York Office

Afrobeats hitmaker, Maleek Berry, stopped by OkayAfrica HQ in NYC. See the exclusive photos.

We get a lot of drop-ins at the OkayAfrica offices.


Any given day, you’re liable to see an afrobeats star, buzzing actor, fashion it-girl, or underground artist stopping by our Brooklyn headquarters to say what’s up and scope out our multipurpose gallery, OkaySpace.

In our new series XOkayAfrica, we’ll be capturing those visits through exclusive photos.

NEW YORK CITY—Maleek Berry already had us with his infectious afrobeat tunes on Last Daze of Summer , as well as with his pulsating production on tracks for artists like Wizkid and  Yemi Alade. But when he dropped by OkayAfrica Headquarters a few months back, we became even bigger fans of the Nigerian hitmaker.

Berry came through this past Valentine's Day and showed our staff some major love.

During his visit, we chatted with him live on Facebook, about his upcoming projects and more. Since then, the musician released the sultry song and video for "4 Me," and we can't wait to hear what he drops next.

For now, take a look below at our exclusive photos from Maleek Berry's visit, shot by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

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#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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