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Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.


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Moments With is a cross-brand series between Okayplayer and OkayAfrica, bringing viewers in for an intimate moment with some of the most iconic names and people to watch in entertainment.

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Editors | Israel Nava

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Interview: Joeboy On Blowing Up and His New 'Love & Light' EP

In an exclusive interview with OkayAfrica, Nigeria's buzzing artist Joeboy reveals the details and cover artwork for his debut EP, Love & Light, and talks about his massive year.

2019 has been a dream year for Joeboy.

With just two singles—the hugely popular "Baby" and "Beggining"—the newcomer artist has managed to become one of the most talked about names bubbling out of the Nigerian music scene. Joeboy has also become a poster child for the huge potential that Mr Eazi's emPawa initiative can bring to new African artists.

As a member of emPawa's initial class, Joeboy used the investment money he gained to film a music video for "Baby," which went on to get 16 million Youtube plays and launched the single to No. 1 spots across Nigeria and Uganda on Apple Music. "Beginning" followed and had an equally large impact as it reached No. 1 in Apple Music Nigeria and Uganda, as well as top 10 spots in Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Joeboy is now readying the release of his debut EP, Love & Light, due November 8, from which he's now sharing its lead single "Don't Call Me Back" featuring Mayorkun.

We sat down with Joeboy to speak about his debut EP and the massive year he's had.

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Video: Tiwa Savage On Female Artists Having to Work Twice As Hard As Their Male Peers

In 'Moments With: Tiwa Savage,' we sit down with the Nigerian star to talk about her childhood, never taking 'no' for an answer and Fela Kuti's inspiration on her new single "49-99."

Tiwa Savage recently stopped by our offices during her visit to New York Fashion Week in promotion of her latest single "49-99."

The Nigerian artist spoke in-depth with us about her childhood audition for the church choir in Nigeria, the memory of her first breakout moment, Fela Kuti's inspiration on "49-99," the global success of Nigerian music and much more.

Watch our new video "Moments With: Tiwa Savage" below.

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow's Movement Against Sexual Assault Gains Traction

After publicly accusing former President Yahya Jammeh of rape, young women under the #IamToufah banner are standing against sexual assault in the country.

A few months ago, former Gambian beauty queen Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow publicly accused former President Yahya Jammeh of rape. The 23-year-old alleged that Jammeh had raped her following her refusal of his marriage proposal during his time in office back in 2015. Under the leadership of current President Adama Barrow, The Gambian government established the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which is now investigating human rights violations during Jammeh's tenure. Jallow, who is testifying at the commission, has spurred a movement where young women are taking a stand against sexual assault in the country under the #IamToufah banner.

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