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OkayAfrica's Weekend Guide

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.


What to watch:

Filmmaker, Nadia Issa, teamed up with Al Jazeera to produce "Tunisia’s Dirty Secret,” a 25-minute documentary which seeks to shed light on the trials and discrimination faced by black Tunisians.

“Racism, though clearly evident at almost every level of society, is rarely, if ever, publicly acknowledged,” Issa told Al Jazeera. “In Tunisia, racism is shrouded in a blanket of denial that rarely permits anyone to see it with clarity. A desire to remove this shroud and shine a spotlight on this deep-seated intolerance gave me the impetus to make this film.”

You can watch it, below

 

  • Dear White People made its Netflix premiere last weekend to mostly rave reviews, but it’s depiction of its only African character, Rashid Bakr, doesn’t sit well with everyone. You can stream the 10-episode series now to see for yourself.

What to do in NYC:

  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, takes place this weekend, in New York City, from May 5 to 7. This year’s show features work from Serge Attukwei Clottey, Malick Sidibe and more. Check out our preview of the fair, here.

  • Iconic Nigerian painter, Kehinde Wiley, will host the opening reception for his latest collection, Trickster, at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City on Friday, May 5. The show will run for May 6 to June 17.

  • The 2017 New York African Film Festival will run through May 10, then again through May 19-20, before wrapping up from May 26 to 29. Check their website for the official schedule and ticket information.

  • The PEN World Voices Festival, is running from May 5 to 7. You can catch award-winning, international writers like Teju Cole, Chinelo Okparanta, Binyavanga Wainaina and more, discussing topics like, “Identity in the Age of Globalization: An African Diasporic Perspective” and “Insistent Tongues: Queer World Voices,” to name a few.

What to do in South Africa:

  • Food and Hospitality Africa, is being held from May 7 to 9 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, in Johannesburg, showcases various products and companies in the food and beverage industry.

  • The monthly “I Heart Market” takes place this Saturday (May 6) at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. The market hosts several homemade products, local foods, and other items. Track the event, here.

  • Sunday Jazz Sundowners with Bubbles in Durban is going down on May 7 at the BAT Centre. Entry to this event is free!

  • The African Unity Music Festival will take place this Saturday (May 6) at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. Cassper Nyovest and and Jah Prayzah are headlining with other African acts in tow.

What to do in Lagos:

  • Cocktails and Dresses: Africa's Greatest Retail Experience will take place on Sunday, May 7 at the Intercontinental Hotel Lagos. Get more information on the event, here.

  • Organized by the Nigerian Book Fair Trust, the annual Nigeria International Book Fair will take place between May 8 to 13 at the Multi-Purpose Halls of the University of Lagos.

What to do in Accra:

What to do online:

  • This Sunday as you’re taking phone pics of your Sunday feast make sure to tag it #okayafricaeats so we can repost it on the OkayAfrica Eats Instagram page. Likewise, if you’re out this weekend wearing your Sunday best, make sure to tag your stylish Instagram photos with #okayafricastyle and we will feature you.
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