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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.

 

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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