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The New 'Assurance' Documentary Follows the Experiences of Female DJs in Nigeria

"Assurance was conceived out of my desire to find new perspectives in the music industry's gender imbalance debate," says DJ Juba.

Juba is a British-Nigerian DJ based in Berlin. She's also the co-founder of Boko! Boko!, a collective that works towards increased female representation in DJ booths and show lineups.

Juba is now sharing the 35-minute long documentary Assurance, which takes an in-depth look at the experiences of three Lagos-based DJs: Sensei Lo, DJ Yin and DJ Ayizan.

Through raw and personal footage, the documentary paints a full picture of the obstacles each DJ faces as they navigate Nigeria's societal expectations and the gender issues within the Lagos music scene.

"Assurance was conceived out of my desire to find new perspectives in the music industry's gender imbalance debate," Juba tells OkayAfrica. "Since I started DJing in 2016, I've only been able to look at the topic through the European lens and the discourse in general is overwhelmingly dominated by voices from the Global North."

"Going to Lagos and immersing myself in conversation with the three DJs exposed me to a different set of narratives in a totally new, often ignored context. Stories like theirs are necessary for enriching and broadening the conversation around women in music and prove the importance of wider representation when discussing issues that are relevant to people all over the world."

Watch Assurance below.

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Upcoming Events: #AnOkayAfricaParty in NYC this Friday

See this and more upcoming and past OkayAfrica events below

January 17, 2020

Happy New Year!!!
#AnOkayAfricaParty is back this Friday, 1.17.20 at Schimanski so come through if you need a vibration!
2019 was jam-packed from NYC to Paris with pop ups from Davido to Wizkid to Sango, so anything could happen! On the decks this MLK weekend, we've got your SA house queen AQ, joined by OkayAfrica veteran and special guest DJ Underdog, Liberia's very own selecta DJ Mohogany and riddim rudie GVIJIN.

Free before 11pm with RSVP while spots last.

EARLY ARRIVAL EXTREMELY SUGGESTED!

What to expect?: Here's What 'An OkayAfrica Party' at Lot 45 Looked Like

January 3, 2020

Daily Paper X Free The Youth collaborate on creating purposeful and sustainable capacity building experiences for young creatives in Ghana. We'll be engaging in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe facilitated by our host
@AmaraWorldWide and @OkayAfrica.

5pm to 7 pm

Daily Paper Accra Pop Up Store: Mhoseenu, Ndabaningi Sithole Road, Labone, Accra, Ghana

RSVP HERE

December 22, 2019

OkayAfrica is partnering with La Sunday—Abidjan's greatest party collective to ever do it—to present the first ever LA SUNDAY FESTIVAL on Sunday, December 22, 2019. The festival, running from 10AM to 02AM on December 22nd, will feature African acts from all over the world including, DJ Tunez (USA), Amaarae (GH), Anais B (FRA) as well as La Sunday resident DJs Jeune Lio and Black Charles.

What to expect? Check out our photos and article about La Sunday here.

Ticket information is available on La Sunday's page.

December 3 - 8, 2019

Afterparty for 'The Barber Shop Chronicles'—A New Play at BAM Brooklyn

Lagos. Johannesburg. Accra. Kampala. Harare. London. Six radically different cities, all united by a familiar place where you can get more than just a good trim. Critically-acclaimed Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams brings barbershop scenes to the BAM stage—along with all the banter, fun, music, and connections found in these sacred spaces. This "joyous piece of theatre" (The Independent) weaves a rich tapestry of unfiltered stories about father-son relationships and Black masculinity, set to an Afrobeat score.

Following performances of Barber Shop Chronicles this weekend, we'll keep the party moving from the stage to the lobby! December 6th, join us in the Campbell Lobby for a post-show jam with DJ Buka, presented by OkayAfrica, and on December 7th, DJ ¡eli! presented by Okayplayer. This runaway international sensation is in Brooklyn December 3—8 only! More Info Here!

Click HERE to stay up to date on the next Okayplayer event coming to a city near you!

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