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Nigeria Turns 59 and the Internet Goes Nuts About Skepta and Adele

For Nigeria's independence day, citizens took to social media to show their love for Naija and the singer of 'Hello'

It's Nigerian Independence Day and the only thing anyone's talking about is the revelation that Skepta is now dating Adele. Not exactly, but in the country's 59th year of independence, Nigerians around the world are celebrating with bold displays of Naija love. Sometimes, that comes in the form of dope music drops like Wizkid's "Joro" and Burna Boy's "Another Story," a song and video that sheds light on Nigeria's history and reframes the image of the country.


Burna Boy - Another Story (feat. M.anifest) [Official Video] youtu.be


Sometimes that country pride is wrapped up in post that captures the speech from former Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa that started it all:

Whatever the vibe, Nigerians all over the world are taking to the Internet to join in on the day. The tone on social media is a mix of unabashed pride, hope for the future and pain at the obstacles many citizens wish were overcome. Actually, Falz's 2018 viral version of "This is Nigeria" sums up the sentiments quite nicely–respect for roots and oozing creativity but cognizant of the need for more change. Check out some of the #NigeriaAt59 posts from the day below:















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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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