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NYC: OKA Co-Hosting 'An African Election' + Questlove At Brooklyn Bowl

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Join Okayafrica and the African Diaspora International Film Festival for a special screening of An African Election this Thursday Dec. 1 at Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) at 7:25pm. The film's director, Jarreth Merz will be there for a Q&A session. Be sure to trek with us to Williamsburg after the film to check out OKA boss man, Questlove's DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl.

The film plays like an action thriller, complete with tension so thick you could cut it with a knife - trust (trailer above). The all-access look at the internal diplomacy that saved Ghana from civil war during the 2008 Presidential run-off is particularly impressive. When we say "all-access" we mean you even get a peep at J.J. Rawling watching television in his living room. Rad. Read a review of the film here.

 

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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