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Model Glue: Gbenga Akinnagbe's Chic Comfort

Gbenga Akinnagbe interview while modeling for Okayafrica's Okapi Hoody and Shaman Lion Tee.


Amid the recent transportation crisis in NYC ala Hurricane Sandy, we somehow got actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to ride his bike over to OKA Headquarters to model our new Okapi Hoody and Shaman Lion Tee. While he sweated in (and over) our merch, we asked him if he misses his "Chris" character from The Wire (he doesn't) and what he titled his personal scent.

OKA: You got style. How would you describe it in 3 words or less?

Gbenga: comfort chic. or I'd just say "Liberated Peoples" (stay tuned - my t-shirt line coming soon!)

OKA: You got a style icon?

Gbenga: not really, i like pieces of dfferent people's styles, none of whom come to mind right now, lol.

OKA: Tell us a story from your childhood. Is there one story that your parents or siblings tell that encapsulates what you were like as a kid?

Gbenga: my brother still holds it against me that i lifted a tricycle when i was three and tried to crush him with it when he was one. my aunt stopped me and still gets pleasure from the story. i don't remember any of it.

OKA: What's your favorite item of clothing?

Gbenga: i love hoodies, they hide me and show me at the same time.

OKA: What's your favorite item of clothing to remove from a female fan?

Gbenga: their hoodie

OKA: If you had your own cologne - let's  just say you bottled your body odor - what would you name it?

Gbenga: epileptic love

OKA: Name your spirit animal.

Gbenga: Liger.

OKA: What are you working on right now - what's exciting?

Gbenga: working on a cool show called Graceland. really good cast and crew. i get to play a "bad guy" again.

OKA: Do you miss working on The Wire - the cast + crew, etc.?

Gbenga: honestly, i dont miss the wire because it never really ended for me. i am in touch with cast and crew, we're friends still. the show is everywhere. watched more now than ever. i carry the wire with me from now on.

OKA: Ok, we've gotta ask... did Chris and Omar ever... ya know...?  I just kind of sensed a spark there.

Gbenga: re: Omar + Chris -- if they did, they could finally get married in maryland now, thank you Martin O'Malley!

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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