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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.


Photo still courtesy of Chika Okoli.

"There is a huge knowledge gap in our society and now more than ever, a need for us as Africans to evolve from orally passing down our culture to digitally archiving them. It all boils down to the reason FABA exists––to visually document our way of life and give free access to the stories we produce online. We document these stories for cultural preservation, to promote cross cultural exchange between Africans and to accurately highlight the diverse African experience as a reference for present and future generations."

Watch Fresh Agege Bread below.

Fresh Agege Bread: A Special Bread From Lagos, Nigeria youtu.be

Credits

Producer/Director: Chika Okoli

Director of Photography: Dafe Oboro

Host/Researcher: Ozoz Sokoh

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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

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They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

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Watch Nipsey Hussle's Final Appearance In the Uplifting Video for DJ Khaled's 'Higher'

The video highlights the late rapper's love of family and community.

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DJ Khaled has shared the music video for his heartfelt single "Higher" featuring the late rapper and singer John Legend.

On "Higher" Nipsey raps about the strength of his family and the power of being able to overcome hardship "Pops turned 60, he proud of what we done, in just one generation. He came from Africa young," he rhymes before spitting heartfelt lyrics about his children and partner Lauren London.

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