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Who Should Be On Our 100 Women 2019 List? Vote Now and Let Us Know.

Here's how you can nominate game-changing African women for our 2019 list.

This spring OkayAfrica will launch its third annual "100 Women" list honoring accomplished African women from across the continent and diaspora. For the first time we're opening the nomination process to you, our readers! For 100 Women 2019 we'll be highlighting women who are impacting Youth Culture in unique ways.


OkayAfrica's annual 100 Women list recognizes women in a number of fields, ranging from music to STEM, to activism, beauty, media, politics and more. Our 2018 honorees included a women form various backgrounds like media maven Joy-Ann Reid, Ghanaian tech heavyweight Bozoma St. John, legendary Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Malawian poet Upile Chisala, Nigerian beauty guru Jackie Aina, as well as actress Uzo Aduba—just to name a few. You can revisit our full list of 2018 honorees here.

As we begin the selection process for our third edition of the list, we want to include our readers in the process. Which African women making waves in there respective industries would you like to see on the list? We want to hear from you directly so head to our 100 Women nomination form here to let us know which women you think should be on the list. Or fill it out below:

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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