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Watch the Moving Teaser for 'Under The Rainbow'—a Documentary Following a Nigerian Lesbian on Her Journey of Self-Discovery

Pamela Adie opens up to share her life story in an effort to show that queer Nigerians exist.

This new documentary seeks to disprove the preconceived notion that LGBTQ Nigerians don't exist.

Under The Rainbow features Pamela Adie—a lesbian living openly in a Nigerian society that's still riddled with homophobia that can cost one their life—in what Africa Is A Country calls a visual memoir of her journey towards self-discovery.


In the documentary, we follow Adie as she guides viewers through her experiences first-hand navigating being a lesbian in Nigeria and the alienation that often comes from family, friends and society as a whole.

Adie wrote and produced the film, which was shot by Nollywood's very own Asurf Oluseyi, the director behind the queer short film, Hell or High Water. The documentary, alongside Oluseyi's short, was backed by The Initiative For Equal Rights and members of The Equality Hub. Both entities are tapping more queer creators to use storytelling as an advocacy tool for the queer community, especially queer women who are often left out of the equal rights conversation in Nigeria.

"We're at a point in Nigeria where, as a movement, one of our immediate goals is to change hearts and minds," Adie says in the film. She also emphasizes to Africa Is A Country that she hopes her story shows that being queer is not a phase or is learned, and even more so challenges the notion that homosexuality is "un-African."

Watch the moving teaser below.

Under The Rainbow premiered at a private event in Lagos back in June and is set for another screening in Accra Friday. For more information on future screenings, keep up with the film on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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