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Watch Yemi Alade's New Short Film for Her Latest Single 'Home'

Yemi Alade plays a young woman longing to be reunited with the love of her life in the Clarence Peters-directed short.

Following the release of her album, Woman of Steel last week, Yemi Alade has released a music video and now a short film for her lead single "Home."

The emotional short follows a tortured love story between Yemi, who plays Nneka in the film and her lover Austine (played by Frankincense Eche-Ben). She has to escape an abusive grandmother and a mundane life in rural Nigeria in order to be reunited with him, in the hopes that they can run away together and live a better life.

READ: Yemi Alade's Journey to Becoming a Woman of Steel

The film also includes a colorful performance of "Home" in between footage of Nneka's journey to meet Austine.

The short film was written and directed by frequent collaborator Clarence Peters, who also directed the film's original music video.

"Home" is one of the singles that the artist dropped ahead of the release of Woman of Steel, along with "Give Dem" and the dance banger "Bounce." OkayAfrica spoke with the artist ahead of the albums release and she shared the overall theme of her latest work. "Woman of Steel is all about drawing the inner strength that you have in you and being the superhero that you've always needed," said Alade.

As the "Nigerian Queen of Music Videos," it only make sense that the artist would take things to the next level by producing a short film. Revisit our recent profile on the artist, and check out the "Home" short film down below.

Yemi Alade - Home (The Movie) Starring Clarion Chukwura & Frankincense Eche-Ben youtu.be

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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