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Zanele Muholi on Second Chances and ‘Visual Activism’

We catch up with South Africa's Zanele Muholi, where she touches on her latest work and using a camera lens as a tool for activism.

This feature is in conjunction with our inaugural list—“OkayAfrica’s 100 Women”—where we take a look at the women making an impact on the African continent and in the diaspora.


Check out the biggest names in culture to young up-and-comers in "OkayAfrica's 100 Women" list here.

South Africa’s formidable visual artist, artivist and community organizer, Zanele Muholi, is letting the world in on life in South Africa with powerful photography created to educate, inspire and heal.

Muholi is making waves across the global with thought-provoking photographs, some of which are self-portraits, and is renowned for humanizing South Africa’s black queer community, Faces and Phases, who are not always celebrated for being themselves. She photographed a reported 200 lesbians for the Faces and Phases project in part to document members of the community and as a response to the wave of homophobia in South Africa.

“Visual activism” is her calling and Muholi is doing it with creative flair and skill. The #OKAY100WOMEN honoree reflected about her life and work so far, she is participating in the 2017 Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Via Zanele Muholi

Josephine Opar for OkayAfrica: Can you tell us the impetus of the work that you exhibited at the Cape Town Art Fair—Somnyama Ngonyama?

Zanele Muholi: The exhibited work is about the state of economy in South Africa. Foreign currency vs ZAR. It could also be interpreted as ilobolo (dowry) as a means of exchange between families, before a woman gets married.

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my life and being given a second chance. In December 2016, I had a major operation and survived that. I’m also grateful for the love I received from close friends and family members.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Never procrastinate and continue to ­­produce (visual) work. Even when times are hard, keep going until you reach your goals.

In what ways can a camera lens be used as a tool for activism?

There is so much going on in the world that needs to be said, but many voices are silenced.

If we can’t write or theorize those realities, then we should visualize our lives in ways that suit us for our own articulation. Photography gives us that opportunity to visualize harsh realities that violate human rights. We are able to document and distribute pictures widely, for the world to see.

What brings you joy in your work?

Seeing the end product of my work exhibited in various places locally and abroad, meaning we are reaching out to many audiences. Looking at how this same work is used by educators and scholars for research and education. Through photography, I get to establish and maintain relationships with participants in my work.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


News Brief
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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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