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NYC: Elikeh Afro Pop at Joe's Pub Saturday April 16th

We reviewed Washington D.C. based afropop band Elikeh's recently released album Adje! Adje! not too long ago, so if you've been following us since then you know what these guys are all about. In short, Elikeh mixes Afro-beat influences with rock and traditional Togolese poly-rhythms, churning out tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Lead singer and band leader Massama Dogo does not shy away from serious political messages, while simultaneously forcing you to get up and move. Elikeh will be sharing its talents with New York City this Saturday at Joe's Pub located at 425 Lafayette Street. For tickets visit Joe's Pub's website, and to hear more from Elikeh visit their site.
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Nigerian Mental Health Advocate Chude Jideonwo Shares Practical Ways Of Coping During COVID

We speak with the founder of Joy Inc. about the mental health challenges facing Nigerians, how many have managed to find effective ways to cope, and the online resources available to the community.

Never in our lifetimes have we experienced a pandemic of this gravity. As COVID-19 cases rise in Nigeria, Nigerians aren't just worried about getting the virus, they are also concerned about a host of other challenges: our lack of efficient and effective healthcare—which is overwhelmed even without a pandemic—the lack of appropriate data, and the high levels of poverty and illiteracy in the country that make it difficult to enforce the strategies that will enable us to handle the pandemic and keep it under control.

In a bid to understand how Nigerians are dealing with mental health challenges now, on the ground, due to the pandemic—which has led to a lockdown restricting movement and also social distancing rules—we spoke with Nigerian journalist, lawyer and mental healthcare advocate Chude Jideonwo, who is the founder of Joy Inc. He shared insights from his experiences with The Joy Inc., which he founded in 2016 to help young people going through mental and emotional challenges. He aimed to help provide young Nigerians with tools to help navigate the world around them.

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