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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.


Photo credit should read AFP via Getty Images

Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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