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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' with Simone Bresi-Ando

We will be getting our lives with the help of our ancestors in this new monthly series featuring Simone Bresi-Ando's Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards.

OkayAfrica is proud to introduce The Adinkra Oracle—a new monthly series that's our answer to the horoscope craze that's taken over the internet.

As astrology enthusiasts consult the stars for guidance, why not consult our ancestors?

Simone Bresi-Ando is a Ghanaian-British PR expert, social commentator and activist who developed Bresi-Ando Tools For Living—a lifestyle hub providing 'tools for life' to help one get through the ups and downs utilizing what we already have, to manifest what we want.

One of her tools you'll be getting to know through this series is the Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards—a deck comprised of 44 Adinkra symbols to help you channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols. As many may know, the Adinkra is an ancient language linked with the Akan people of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Ivory Coast.

Starting in August, Simone will give us an oracle reading from her codified cards and share what we need to hone into and keep in mind to have a fruitful month.

Watch below.


You can also get in tune with your ancestors with your own set of Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards, available on the Okayshop here. In celebration of this new series, take $10 off from today through Sunday, August 4.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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