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artblackafrica:

Nigerian artist Joseph Eze’s (b.1979) portrait series deals with the intersection between Nigeria’s politics and the female body. Click the images for the title and date

TEDxObserver- Hugh Masekela -The Western Influence on the African youth PLUS music performance

Heritage is beneficial to the society. African stands at the frontline of those that have lost their heritage because of the misconception of education,religion, advertisements, politics and television.

If you impoverish people and take away their land then they are less capable of exhibiting their heritage crafts and their heritage performances. 

It is a thing that has very much disappeared in most of Africa, especially urban Africa because they have been convinced that their heritage is barbaric, evil, backward, primitive and pagan.They have really brought it to an extent where we don’t even try to look like who we really are at any point in our lives.

When people come to Africa these days, they always come to look at the animals, to find Mandela or to look at the geographical size because her heritage( arts and crafts) have more or less disappeared or have been colonized by expatriate businesses.

There is no place that is more diversified and has a cross section of excellent heritage like Africa but it’s invisible. Nobody has the chance to see it  and when they come to Africa, they are escorted to see the elephants,lions and victoria falls.

I am on a crusade to at least make it visible and to be involved in building places where heritage performances can take place. To restore the arts and crafts and ownership of what the people do instead of working for expatriate businesses.

I want to point out that  the only artistes that have really made it overseas are those who are heritage arts oriented like Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita,Youssou N’dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and myself. I dont think i would have been known if i had come overseas and tried to imitate overseas artistes.

Heritage lives forever. There is no place that needs to see it come back more than the African diaspora and especially the African Continent.

When i speak to a lot of Africans about this they say “why are you trying to take us back to the dark ages?” but my usual answer is “if you don’t know where you are coming from, you are not going anywhere except you are making yourself vulnerable to be swallowed in by other cultures”

People do not even want to stay in their rural homelands anymore, everyone wants to come to the city to find this miracle of the West that does not exist.

There is nothing better than heritage restoration to preserve the history of Africa and also to make the future children of Africa really know who they are.

In the end when you go to China, India and even England, people really know England not because of the queen but because of its heritage and it will be a real pity to miss and to lose in Africa

ruinedchildhood:

Mom: Home in 5 minutes, hope you’ve taken the chicken out of the freezer

Me: image

P-Square has broken up!?

ourafrica:

Although there is no official statement from the parties yet, it appears that there is trouble brewing up in the P-square camp.

According to celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji, “On Wednesday April 16th, I gathered from industry sources that the brothers fought each other physically during rehearsals. They had to be separated by their dancers. This is fact! I hear one of the wives is causing some of the problems between the brothers.”
Also, their elder brother and manager tweeted this a few minutes ago “After ten years of hard work, it’s over and I’m done!!!”
The Okoyes – P-square and Jude Okoye delved into music in 2004 and have been active ever since.
So far, they have released six successful albums.

Article by: Omotola Filani on April 18, 2014

The International Republican Institute, in partnership with McNally Temple and Associates. created this documentary “A Song for Naija”. The film highlights the work young activists and entertainers are doing to encourage youth participation in Nigeria’s political process through the Dream 4 Naija campaign. 

The documentary features some of Nigeria’s biggest hip-hop artists, including Banky W, Wizkid, Niyola, Skales, Shaydee, Suka, eLDee, 2Face and Cobhams Asuquo, who have recorded the Dream 4 Naija anthem Change (featured on the album Empire Mates State of Mind by the Eme All Stars and available on iTunes and Spotify) and are a leading part of the effort to get young Nigerians involved in the country’s political and civic process.

hungrylikethewolfie:

live-action modern day “the lion king”
NEW YORK, 1960s. The civil rights movement reaches its crest. Mufasa, a prominent activist leader in the city, clashes against his younger brother Scar, himself a prominent leader of the mafia underground. Politics against politics, brother against brother; Mufasa dies, Scar reigns. A new law governs New York in the 70s: blood and bribery.

Idris Elba as Mufasa, Michael K. Williams as Scar, Naomie Harris as Sarabi, Jaden Smith as Young Simba, Amandla Stenberg as Young Nala (not giffed), Taraji P. Henson as Timon, Mo’Nique as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Older Simba, Kerry Washington as Older Nala, John Boyega as Kovu, Zoe Kravitz as Kiara.

OH

MY

GOD

afrotrekkie:

Cities of Africa 2.0
Because everyones bored of Paris/NY/London & these places are kind of amazing.

afrotrekkie:

Cities of Africa 2.0

Because everyones bored of Paris/NY/London & these places are kind of amazing.

medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

Tamara Natalie Madden

Madden lists among influences Gustav Klimt and images of Egyptian royalty. You can view many, many more images of her work here at her official website.

I find these breathtaking acrylic and mixed media paintings evocative of both the Fayum Mummy Portraits and early medieval icons featuring the Black Madonna.