Style

Wekafore's Sublime Short Film Honors His Grandmother and Nigeria's Golden Era of the 1970s

God Is A Black Woman features looks from the Nigerian designer's 2017/2018 campaign while celebrating the divinity of the black woman.

Emerging Nigerian designer to watch, Wekafore, has released a short film highlighting looks from his brand's 2017/2018 collection.

God Is A Black Woman, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Adriana Ramirez, is an ode to Wekafore's grandmother who lived during Nigeria's golden era of the 60s and 70s.

"When she was young and beautiful' he says in a statement, "she showed me the greatest love that anyone could have, she gave me my mother, she gave me life."

Wekafore honors, worships and immortalizes his grandmother in God is a Black Woman. You'll hear his thoughts in Yoruba layer the visuals, challenging the preconceived notion of God being a man.

"I feel more comfortable with the idea of God being a Woman," he continues. "A woman that gave birth to the world, and loved the world so much that she gave us her only son? How sexist and stupid it is for us to think that a man would do that ?'

As Wekafore continues to recreate Nigeria's golden moments, he taps into 1970s Nigeria, channeling the vibe and lifestyle of afro-rock, funk and disco culture—the raw passion and expression that his native country thrived in briefly—with little to no American or British influences. This inspiration is still needed, as he seeks to change the perspective of the future of African culture to Africans and to the world.

Watch God Is A Black Woman below.

Take a peak at Wekafore's 2017/2018 Collection here.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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