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SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: STREET POP

SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: STREET POP

    Lagos, Nigeria – It looks like the paint is barely dry inside Bella Shmurda’s new luxury apartment in Ikota, GRA....

SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: AMAPIANO

SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: AMAPIANO

The night before any lengthy road journey is filled with furious preparation. Principal amongst the priorities is making sure there is...

SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: ASAKAA DRILL

SOUNDS FROM THIS SIDE: ASAKAA DRILL

One thing’s for sure when you’re riding through Kumasi: you’re gonna hear some drill music. It reverberates through the city’s...

ADEBAYO OKE-LAWAL, THE WIND OF CHANGE

ADEBAYO OKE-LAWAL, THE WIND OF CHANGE

In recent years, music has been the face of the African cultural campaign. The focal point of Nigerian popular culture, music and the icons...

BLESSING EWONA, FEARLESS

BLESSING EWONA, FEARLESS

For most of us, our lives have been typified by Western cultural hegemony. Where in global politics and economics, the Imperialist West...

UYAIEDU IKPE-ETIM vs NOLLYWOOD

UYAIEDU IKPE-ETIM vs NOLLYWOOD

Nollywood is a giant industry. Producing thousands of movies a year which end up being hugely economically profitable to Nigeria, in...

MICHAEL BRIGHT, THE DANCING QUEEN

MICHAEL BRIGHT, THE DANCING QUEEN

Dancing is a lifeline for every African – even those who like me, can’t move for shit. Growing up around musical chairs and other such...

HOW TOBEAN OMOTOSO CAME TO EMBODY BEAUTY

HOW TOBEAN OMOTOSO CAME TO EMBODY BEAUTY

Rarely will one encounter a depiction of African culture without music and movement instructing representations. Throughout our history,...

ELSA’S WORLD

ELSA’S WORLD

Elsa Majimbo has been on go nonstop since the world catastrophically shut down last year. The almost 20-year-old’s life has been a...

DAMSON IDRIS, THE CONNECT

DAMSON IDRIS, THE CONNECT

Damson Idris has spent the last half a decade playing roles that depict the harrowing realities of growing up as a young black boy, on both...

MADE IN LAGOS, SET FOR GLORY

MADE IN LAGOS, SET FOR GLORY

I don’t remember exactly where I first heard Wizkid’s music. I doubt anybody who has followed his music from the very beginning...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WIZKID BEING MADE IN LAGOS

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WIZKID BEING MADE IN LAGOS

To really appreciate what Wizkid’s journey means to Lagos, one must understand the dynamics of growing up in Surulere, where he was...

WIZKID FC IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF STAN CULTURE IN AFROPOP

WIZKID FC IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF STAN CULTURE IN AFROPOP

Photographer – Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid (@mahaneela.jpg) Photo Assistant – Sarah Harry-Isaacs (@sarah.harryisaacs) Creative...

FEELS LIKE HOME

FEELS LIKE HOME

Wizkid’s emergence at the turn of the decade undoubtedly reinvigorated the cultural esteem of the Nigerian diaspora worldwide. Those of...

HOW WIZKID’S MUSIC TRAVELLED, NO VISA

HOW WIZKID’S MUSIC TRAVELLED, NO VISA

Wizkid’s first official public appearance musically was a feature on MI’s album, Talk About It, laying a stellar hook on “Fast...

STARBOY STYLIN: WIZKID THROUGH THE ERAS

STARBOY STYLIN: WIZKID THROUGH THE ERAS

Photography: Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid (@mahaneela.jpg) Photography Assistant: Sarah Harry-Issacs (@sarah.harryissacs) Creative Direction:...

TENI

TENI

TENI BROKE THE MOULD AND BEAT THE ODDS, NOW SHE’S JUST HAVING FUN WITH IT.   Beside me is the most agitated fan in Lagos. It’s the...

INSIDE LIFE

INSIDE LIFE

  In 2018, Naira Marley embarked on a chaotic two-year run which included; court cases, police raids, a stint in prison,...

TEMS

TEMS

    At the start of 2018, a message from her daily devotional drove Tems to quit her day job as a digital marketer to pursue a...

MOWALOLA

MOWALOLA

Mowalola: I think I’m also quite curious about people. I get a lot of inspiration from just mixing and connecting with different...