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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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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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