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Listen to Mannywellz' New EP 'META'

The new 3-track EP was created in just three days.

Rising Nigerian-born act Mannywellz returns with his brand new EP, META.

The new EP furthers Mannywellz' addictive blend of RnB, hip-hop, and West African rhythms, through self-produced songs that deal with love, leaving relationships, and faith. The project is named after the Yoruba word for "three."

Mannywellz mentions that, for META, he challenged himself to write, record, and produce three songs in three days—the result is well worth your while.


"I decided to challenge myself to see what I could create in 3 days," Mannywellz tells OkayAfrica. "This process affirmed that I'm really a lover of love as all the songs point back to love and I'm not ashamed to admit that. As a Nigerian man, being expressive of my emotions is not culturally expected of me, so I want to push back against that."

Here's how the artist breaks down the EP's three tracks—"No More," "Philosophy," and "Imperfection"—himself:

"'No More' rubbish from rubbish doers. Inspired by investing into a relationship that wasn't gonna go anywhere," the artist mentions. "Just want to shower my next with love. The 'Philosophy' is to kill her softly, spoil her with my loving. From me to God. I'll keep on giving you love as you love my 'Imperfection.'"

Mannywellz recently joined Adekunle Gold at our packed-out concert at DC's historic Howard Theatre.

META is available everywhere now.


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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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