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Web Series ‘I Of Africa’ Glorifies the African in You

Nigerian-American renaissance woman Aina Fadina brings Africa to your computer screen through this compelling web series.

If you haven’t cued up web series I Of Africa created, executive-produced and hosted by Lagos-born renaissance woman Aina Fadina yet, you’re most definitely missing out.


Fadina created I Of Africa in 2013—having grown up in a household where her father and grandfather told folklore stories and noticing the dearth of authentic storytelling by Africans, for Africans.

The web series is now in its third season, which premiered July 7 on its Youtube channel . An episode was also made available on South African Airways flights in June.

In season three, Fadina—also a world traveler—has intimate conversations with African tastemakers like Blitz The Ambassador (who kicks off the first episode), Laolu Senbanjo, Mimi Plange, Seun Kuti, Marcus Samuelsson, and the creative team behind Broadway hit Eclipsed.

Through their confab filmed in international cities such as Lagos, NYC, Cape Town, Paris, and London, the Nigerian-American entrepreneur and high fashion model (she’s worked with Oscar De La Renta and Alexander McQueen) presents compelling and nuanced narratives, highlighting the rugged individualism and ingenuity of African doers transforming business, music, film, art and culinary worlds.

“I think it’s necessary to celebrate our diversity, our textures, our skin tones, our hair, our languages, our dialects,” Fadina says in the video above. “Everyone has a story to tell, and I think everyone deserves to tell their story.”

And that’s precisely what Fadina has successfully executed for a global audience in the first two seasons of I Of Africa, which encompasses a collection of 13 episodes with its pilot focusing on Okayafrica family DJ Moma.

Be sure to catch up on all three seasons here, and watch Fadina tell the epic story of her great, great, great grandfather, Reverend Franklin, once a slave in the West Indies and Brazil who was able to trace the origin of his Yoruba tribal markings back to his hometown Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria, at the top.

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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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Cover art of "Banjo".

Watch Cameroonian Drag Artist Bebe Zahara Benet's New Music Video for 'Banjo'

Video Premiere: Bebe Zahara Benet releases the colourful visuals for her latest single 'Banjo' ahead of her upcoming EP 'Broken English'.

Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Naira Marley, who was also in attendance, has also turned himself in according to local reports.

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos' coronavirus lockdown order.

The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband's birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele's Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned.

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