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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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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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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

Find more upcoming OkayAfrica events here.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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