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YAGAZIE EMEZI

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Yagazie Emezi is a Lagos-based vlogger and documentary photographer, who works as the Visual Curator for Bialere, which is a digital platform highlighting African creatives. Emezie is also an Everyday Africa contributor, whose detailed images have won her over 100,000 fans on Instagram. The likes of Al Jazeera, MTV, Lagos Fashion Week and Refinery29 have featured Emezie's work on their platforms.




Some of the exhibitions she has taken part in include: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Unseen Photo Fair, The Everyday Projects at FotoInstanbul. She studied Cultural Anthropology and African Studies at the University of New Mexico, and returned to Nigeria where she is building a name for herself as a professional photographer and a Youtube star.



The most refreshing thing about Emezie is how funny and entertaining she is on her channel. Her candid expressions about personal experiences and pop culture have her followers perpetually amused, and waiting for her latest YouTube videos to drop.



“I Won’t Cook For You” and “Social Anxiety and I” are just some of Emezi's popular uploads. For creating a career that is true to her personality and gifts, Emezi is a real and refreshing African creative.



—JO

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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