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#TheFutureOfWomen Is Coming to NYC—Stream the Event With Us on Facebook Live

OkayAfrica is teaming up with the Global First Ladies Alliance, Facebook, and M.A.C AIDS Fund to present the 2017 The Future of Women Awards.

On Sep 21, First Ladies from a number of African countries will connect with emerging African woman leaders from across the diaspora for the The Future of Women: Leadership for a New Era event, a day of dialogue, fellowship and music!


"For nearly 10 years, the Global First Ladies Alliance has been convening first ladies for high-level policy dialogues in the US and across Africa. This year, the group is bringing in voices and partners not traditionally engaged in or given access to these conversations: rising women leaders and new media platforms," said the alliance in a press release. 

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Facebook and M.A.C. Aids Fund to present the #FutureOfWomenAwards, which will honor and celebrate African women leaders in the areas of tech, social impact and creative entrepreneurship.

The action will be streaming live on our Facebook page, where you can take part in discussions with First Ladies from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone and more. There will also be a  musical performance by acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi. You don't want to miss it. 

Head to Instagram and Facebook to nominate an African woman that you find influential. You can find out more information about the nomination process, via the Global First Ladies Alliance's website.

 

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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