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XOkayAfrica: Jessica O. Matthews Powers Up Our New York Office

Renewable energy CEO, Jessica O. Matthews, stopped by OkayAfrica HQ in NYC. See exclusive photos.

We get a lot of drop-ins at the OkayAfrica offices.

Any given day, you're liable to see an afrobeats star, buzzing actor, fashion it-girl, or underground artist stopping by our Brooklyn headquarters to say what's up and scope out our multipurpose gallery, OkaySpace.

In our new series XOkayAfrica, we'll be capturing those visits through exclusive photos.

NEW YORK CITY—Renewable energy maven Jessica O. Matthews is #goals.

The Nigerian CEO of social enterprise tech start-up, Uncharted Play, stopped by our offices to catch up and for us to learn about new energy-generating projects her company's embarking on the continent (details soon come).

The OkayAfrica 100 Women honoree also didn't leave the OkayAfrica HQ without dropping encouraging gems to the staff and a photo-op with our signature sign.

In the photos below, Matthews rocks one of the tees from our AFRICAN AF collection. The motto of all Nigerian mottos, "Naija No Dey Carry Last," is a phrase that resonates with her when she says:

'Naija No Dey Carry Last' means that no matter what, we as Nigerians push. It's our version of Black Girl Magic, even on our worst day, we will be the best you've ever seen. To me it just sets the bar of what I need to accomplish each day when I go out into the world and represent Nigeria.

Take a look at our exclusive photos from Jessica O. Matthews’ visit, shot by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.



Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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