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Watch The Best Throwback Thursday Music Video by Cameroon's Rick James

Jimmy Takoube's music video for "Dream Me Up" resurfaced on the internet this week—read more to find out why it's a must-watch.

I can surely speak for everyone at Okayafrica that for the past couple of days, we've been obsessively watching the music video of Jimmy Takoube's 1988 jam, "Dream Me Up," for the obvious—it's hilarious, yet brilliant.

From the threads to his hairdo, the Cameroonian new wave crooner channels his inner Rick James—shamelessly taking another guy's woman (from out of his car!!) and proceeds to serenade her with killer dance moves in a cobalt blue jumpsuit. Let's also not forget about the noteworthy hair salon scenes.

To me, this video and song are a great example of the pop culture exchange between the diaspora and the continent. It's always been a thing—and judging by the cross-cultural collaborations we've seen this year alone, it will always be a thing (yes, I'm looking at you, Drake).

Of course, the editorial squad's been trying to dig up all we can on Takoube, though searching for him on Google yields sparse results. We do have a few leads, so keep a lookout for more on Takoube very soon.

Take a look at "Dream Me Up" below:

Photo: Kelenna Ogboso.

These Women Are Breaking Boundaries In Nigeria's Creative Spaces

We speak to five women about their work and contributions to Nigerian society & creative spaces, despite their patriarchal nature.

"African women in general need to know that it's ok for them to be the way they are–to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence" —Wangarĩ Muta Maathai

These words prompt one to think about how terrible a job the media does in sharing the stories of African women. As journalists, our work is based on telling African stories, and the gap of female stories is a very apparent one that needs filling. It's important to have an environment that appreciates fearless and unapologetic women chasing their dreams and breaking the boundaries before them.

We caught up with Toketemu Ohwovoriole, a multimedia storyteller & journalist; Solis, a singer, songwriter, poet, & muse; Lauretta Yemoja, a beauty artist and rapper/singer; Tiwa Pearl, a dancer and creative; and Oyinkansola Dada, an art curator and founder of art gallery Polartics, to talk about their careers.

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