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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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Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images.

A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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