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What's Up Africa: A Ugandan Media Taster

What's Up Africa tackles the Ugandan media as Ikenna explores freedom of expression amongst different media facets throughout the country.

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Ikenna is still in Uganda, and in this episode of "What's Up Africa" he gives us a quick peek into Uganda's Media. Enjoying, but also looking beyond Ikenna's comedic voice, it's pretty clear that he wants to explore freedom of expression amongst different media facets throughout the country. His first stop is The Kampala Sun where he speaks to editor Raphael Okollo. According to Okollo, The Kampala Sun has expanded rapidly in a short period of time, but he also admits that there's a limit on how much the tabloid is willing to express when it comes to politics- he's not too pressed about it as he notes that sometimes people just want to laugh. Ikenna's second stop is the UBC (a government funded broadcast) where he speaks to Jane Kasumba, a prominent female sports presenter. Their exchange is pretty funny especially when Ikenna tries and fails to get her to criticize the president. Ikenna's last stop is Capital FM 91.3 and alas, he finds the only space where the radio hosts aren't bashful about sharing their political opinions- or getting a bit loud.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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