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Nneka Speaks Out On Women's Rights In Africa

Nigerian singer Nneka talks women's rights and shares an acoustic performance of "My Home" for The World Bank's #Music4Dev program.


Nneka recently stopped by for a chat and acoustic performance with the The World Bank's #Music4Dev program. The Nigerian singer-songwriter, who's been busy touring and promoting her latest album My Fairy Tales, played a pristine version of her staple "My Home" and shared her opinions about women's rights and gender issues in Nigeria and Africa in a brief interview.

"I use my music as a platform to express [such] issues,” Nneka states. “I grew up in... Nigeria where women don’t have that much freedom to express themselves on many different levels, whether it be politically or even within the family. Having been raised in a society where you have to respect the system in fear — where respect is mistaken as fear — I withdrew myself [in order] for me to understand what was going on and for me to re-identify myself as a human being, first of all, and then as a woman."

Nneka's the cultural ambassador of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and co-founded the ROPE Foundation (Reach Out, Organize, Practice, Experience), a charity supporting young people who want to express themselves through art, who recently partnered with WAGA Foundation (War Affected Girls and Adults) to help sexually abused women in Sierra Leone. Watch her interview and performance with The World Bank below.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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