Wizkid – Afrobeats Star Makes History and Shut Down London

Wizkid - Afrobeats Star Makes History and Shut Down London

2017 was been a good year for Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun the Nigerian musical sensation popularly known as Wizkid who seems to be having a lot of success this year. As we all recall this talented singer dropped out of school where he was studying International Relations to make a way for himself in the Nigerian Music Industry building a successful career so far.  His decision which may have not seemed sensible at the time have proven to be right decision as he has named a name for himself as the “STARBOY” of Nigeria. Starboy Wizkid made history in London as the afrobeats singer becomes the first African artist to headline a sold-out show at the venue – Royal Albert Hall, London.

Wizkid - Afrobeats Star the first African artist to headline at the Albert Hall
Wizkid

His talent has taken him well far off the shores of Nigeria to foreign countries such as other African countries and European countries also.  He has also featured international acts like the likes of Drake, Aka, Tinie Tempah, Wale and so on, since his “one dance” and “come closer” hits where he featured with internationally recognized rapper and singer Drake of OVO sound, Wizkid’s luck has changed for the better opening doors for success outside Africa. He has gone mainstream from just a Nigerian in-country sensation to a worldwide recognized artist having shows across countries making him a Sony Records priority. He recently was declared number one music act in Africa when he won the BET Award Best International Act: Africa’ in Los Angeles, California beating Tekno, Aka, Stonebwoy, David, Nasty C and others who were also nominated in the category making it 44 awards he has received with a total of 157 nominations as of June 2017.

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He added another achievement to his list of achievements on the 29th of September, 2017 when he shut down the Royal Albert Hall in London making history for African Afrobeats music. This 27 year old Nigerian artist is the first African Artist to headline a sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall making him the face of afrobeats in Africa. The venue was packed with fans as the off-balcony was open to accommodate the overflow. The hall was filled with over five thousand loyal fans for two whole hours of non-stop music. This show was a part of the hall’s Albert Sessions which gives an upcoming act an opportunity to play sharing their expertise with young adults from schools across London.

Starboy Wizkid performing at Royal Albert Hall
Starboy Wizkid at Royal Albert Hall, London. © wizkidayo/instagram

The show opened with the UK rapper Yxng Bane, Wizkid followed later electrifying the stage with his sounds, his opening song “sweet love” from his new album “Sounds from the Other Side” started his show followed by his well-known hits which is a favorite of his fans such as “love my baby”, “Daddy Yo”. The crowd as a whole is in sync with him singing the Afrocentric “Ojueleba”,” Jaiye Jaiye” word for word as loyal fans that they are, also a duet with Wande Coal performing Iskaba and many more.

Wizkid has taken live performance to another level it is seen in the way he connects with his audience of more than five thousand people, where international acts such as Tinnie Tempah where in attendance. Wizkid is vastly becoming as internationally acclaimed as Fela Kuti was in his time. This is the time for Wizkid “Daddy yo” as he has created nothing short of Magic and he has gotten recognition from the big shots in the music and entertainment industry as a whole as the likes of Don Jazzy, Mo’ Abudu and a host of others are all proud of him as he is representing the country Nigeria well.

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15 Best Nollywood Movies of 2017

African Movies | 15 Best Nollywood Movies of 2017

The Nigerian film industry also known as nollywood has been functioning for decades and the dedication of both movie producers and actors in the industry has made it the largest film industry in the whole of the African continent without a rival – simply the giant of African movies industry. Though the industry still faces serious issues of copyright and lack of proper means of distribution, it was said to have been worth over $5 billion in 2014, thereby making it third largest film industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood respectively.

Although the Nigerian film industry suffered some loses in 2017 as it lost a few prominent actors such as Victor Eze, Moji Olaiya, and Adebayo Faleti to the cold hands death, the year never the less ended up being an amazing one for the industry as it was able to dish out films like Omugwo, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, as well a few others that ended up getting sold out at cinemas across the country and enjoyed by Nigerian movies lovers and beyond. Nollywood produced dozens of critically acclaimed movies in 2017. Here we examine the best in the year in review; from 10 Days in Sun City to Banana Island Ghost, check out this list of the best nollywood movies of last year – they are the ones well-received by audiences and African movies lovers.

Omugwo

Best African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Omugwo
Omugwo

This is a popular child rite duty among the Igbo people which is carried out by Igbo mothers for their children in order to relieve their children from the burden and pressures of child birth. In this film, “Omotunde” a civil engineer and her husband “Raymond” an on air presenter who just had their child both had their parents from different cultures move to their home so they both can relieve their children of the burdens of child birth. But instead of bringing some peace into the homes of their children, they caused more comical troubles for their children as both women’s traditional background had them quarreling so very often.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai

Best African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: The Wedding Party 2
The Wedding Party 2

The sequel to last year’s popular movie “The Wedding Party” came in with a whole new drama as our favorite couple “Dozie” and “Dunni” are expecting their first and we are not so sure if Dozie is ready to let go of his so much loved bachelor lifestyle for good. While “Obianuju” and “Felix” are working on getting their relationship back on track, “Nonso” on the other hand got himself into a whole new drama as he mistakenly proposes to “Deirdre” whom he’s been having a hot romance with since the wedding at London, during a dinner date.

American Driver

African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: American Driver
American Driver

This comedy film directed by Moses Inwang shows how an American “Driver Jack Curry” applies to drive Nigerian celebrities to the annual GIAMA Awards in an attempt to impress his boss “Kate”. The movie cast which consisted of popular Nigerian actors like Jim Iyke, Nadia Buari as well as renowned Nigerian comedian “Ayo Makun“, won Best Comedy at The People’s Film Festival back in June 2017.

10 Days in Sun City

African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: 10 Days in Sun City
10 Days in Sun City

This movie was produced by Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun who also starred in the film as “Akpos” and directed by South Africa based Nigerian film director. The movie which follows how Akpos invested his time, money and love in making his girlfriend “Bianca” a campus queen successful in her line of profession. Now that Bianca’s has successfully been crowned as queen in national beauty pageant with different endorsements, will the ever loyal Bianca continue being humble to the man behind her success or would she get carried away with the celebrity lifestyle while rolling with society’s most mighty personalities. While Bianca heads down on a trip to South Africa with Akpos, the owner of “Otawi” a cosmetics conglomerate which Bianca happens to be an ambassador for, “Otunba Ayoola Williams, aka ‘The Old Fox’ decides to head down to South Africa along with Bianca as he wants more than business relationship between himself and the beauty queen.

Banana Island Ghost

African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Banana Island Ghost
Banana Island Ghost

This film tells the tale of “Patrick” who finds himself dead after a ghastly accident and on realizing he would be going to heaven, he pleads unto God to give him a second chance to come back to life just so he can find his soulmate before leaving back for the beyond. The film was produced by BB Sasore and also starred Nigerian musician and comedian “Chigurl” who played the role of “Ijeoma”, Patrick’s difficult girlfriend.

Don’t Trust Friends

Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Don't Trust Friends
Don’t Trust Friends

A pair of friends ‘Stella and Ibiwunmi’ who have been together for long gets their friendship broken when issues of trust arose as a result of jealousy and unfaithfulness. The movie features Yoruba movie actress Faithia Balogun, Chioma Chukwuka and others.

Celebrity Marriage

Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Celebrity Marriage
Celebrity Marriage

This comedy film produced by Uchenna Mbunabo tells the tale of celebrity relationships and marriages based on Nigerian actress “Toyin Abraham” a victim of domestic violence and fellow actress “Tonto Dike” a newly married wife who happens to be facing pressures on birthing a child for her spouse.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Best Nigerian Movies of 2017: The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the movie simply shows how “Ope” a London chef struggles with her matchmaking mother who while trying to fetch her a spouse is also at the brink of selling thier family’s property “Royal Hibiscus Hotel”. She finds herself heartbroken when she found out the man she’s in love with “Deji” is the one purchasing their property.

Soul Gigolo

Best Nigerian Movies of 2017: Soul Gigolo

Starring Mike Ezuruonye and Faithia Balogun, this movie follows the lives of a couple from different cultures going through rib cracking rivalry in their everyday lives as a result of their traditional differences.

What Lies Within

Best Nigerian Movies of 2017: What Lies Within
What Lies Within

A happily married woman and her pregnant sister in law finds themselves in crucial situation which won’t only have serious consequences on both their lives, but that of their loved ones as well. The movie starred a bunch of impressive casts some of which are Michelle Dede, Paul Utomi, popular Nigerian OAP and comedian Yaw alongside others.

Mysterious Royal Guest

Best Nigerian Movies of 2017: Mysterious Royal Guest
Mysterious Royal Guest

A commoner rescues a royal princess to safety from a gang of notorious kidnappers and they both built an unbreakable bond between each other after the incident. But when the king finds out about their relationship together, he orders the commoner to come in contact his daughter ever again without the pair were inseparable.

Catch.er

Best Nigerian Movies of 2017: Catch.er
Catch.er

When a successful career woman appears to have been found dead on her wedding anniversary, her husband turns out to be first person everyone attacks as the one responsible for the death of his loving wife. But through thorough investigation, the cops have found out that there’s a particular person who actually has ill feelings towards the deceased and might have been responsible for her death. The movie stars Alexx Ekubo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Beverly Naya, Wofai Fada amongst others.

Slow Country

Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Slow Country
Slow Country

A teenage mother engages prostitution and drug trafficking business in attempt to provide her child with a better life. But sevens years after being in the shameful line of work, she decides to quit and start afresh, but her drug King Pin boss isn’t yet ready to let go of his favorite worker who generates him a fat income. The film stars A list African actors like Majid Michael, Ivie Okujaye, Sambasa Nzeribe amongst others and also won the Audience Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival in 2016.

Wives on Strike: The Revolution

Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Wives on Strike: The Revolution
Wives on Strike: The Revolution

This follows a bunch of women who decides to come together in other tackle domestic violence which is rampant in their environs as a result of the death of a friend of theirs who got  beaten to death by her husband. The movie features popular Yoruba actress Sola Sobowale, Chioma Chukwuka, Toyin Abraham amongst others.

Hakkunde

African Movies | Best Nollywood Movies of 2017: Hakkunde
Hakkunde

When a job opportunity presents itself to a long time unemployed graduate in Kaduna which is far away from his home in the city of Lagos, Akande decides to embark on a trip to Kaduna against his sister’s will in order to see what the job has in store for him. On arriving Kaduna, he finds himself being disappointed as the job wasn’t what he expected it to be. He’s left with the choice of either going back to Lagos city or humbly stay behind in Kaduna to endure what he’s been offered.

Have you seen any of these films at a cinema or at the convenience of your home? Our comments section is open for your review on the movies above as well as the films you look forward to seeing this year.

The 10 Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017

African Movies | The 10 Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017

The Ghanaian film industry is a fast growing industry known to have produced some impressive movies in recent times which have screened both home and abroad. Some of the talents and biggest names in the Ghallywood so far are Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Majid Michel, to mention a few, all of whom gained more grounds in the Ghanaian film industry as a result of their collaboration with Nigerian producers and actors. We have compiled a list of the 10 best Ghanaian movies of 2017 and celebrate the outstanding breadth of talent and creativity taking the African movies industry by storm. Check out this list of the best Ghanaian movies in the past year – from Nakom to Fight for my Man, My Love Alive amongst others were well-received by audiences and critics alike.

Nakom

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: Nakom
Nakom directed by Kelly Daniela Norris, and T.W. Pittman. © IMDB

This film follows how a young and intelligent medical student gets summoned back home to his village by his sister after the death of their father in a motorcycle accident. Leaving behind his education, Iddrisu heads down to his village and gives his loving father a befitting burial. While trying to keep up with his studies from the village, Iddrisu is welcomed with the responsibility of taking over his father’s farm as well as pay up a huge debt his late father left behind.

The Perfect Love

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: The Perfect Love

Two sisters Anita and Princess find themselves in love with in love with the same man “Fred” and the battle is on for whoever is going to have the fine young man to herself. While their mother who doesn’t seem to love Anita at all for no reason insists she leaves Fred for her sister, she decides not to cross her mother even as much as she loves Fred. The movie stars Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah, and Nadia Buari.

Fighting For My Man

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: Fighting For My Man

This movie follows a man who has a reputation of sleeping with different women and breaking their hearts. He unknowingly falls in love with a particular lady which he never saw coming and is now left with either being responsible and change is ways or watch this beautiful thing he has just found slip away from his grip. The movie stars a mix of both Ghanaian and Nigerian actors such as Christopher Chinedu, Martha Ankomah and Kalsoume Sinare.

The Apartment Downstairs

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: The Apartment Downstairs

A set of college girls who instead of paying attention to their education and securing a better future, engage in living the fast life, going to parties organized by club big boys, gossiping and sleeping around. Find out what to tease young ladies in the movie which features actresses like Altima Kpodo, Joceline Ada and others.

The Devil Between My Legs

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: The Devil Between My Legs

A drug lord mercilessly murders and burns down the home of an innocent without knowing the son of the man he killed went through the horror seeing him take the life of his father. The little boy gently escaped from the scene and managed living on the streets for so long in hardship which grew him into a merciless man. He later uses the orientation he got from the streets in avenging his father’s death which in turn made him the leader of a notorious drug gang.

Holy Harlot

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: Holy Harlot

This which stars Martha Ankomah and Frank Artus, follows man who has a reputation of being extremely promiscuous going around chasing women of various colors and sizes and sleeping around. But somewhere along the line, he meets a woman who one way or the other over powers him and is beyond his control.

My Love Alive

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: My Love Alive

This movie illustrates how the elite and rich people only seem to associate with other both in business and relationships, thereby casting the poor aside as they do not match their league. But when poor Foxy finds out about this, she decides to lie in other get herself close to a young rich prince. It stars Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Okoro, Olu Jacobs and others.

Baby Mama

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: Baby Mama

There’s been a lot of cases of black women having kids for fellow black men in other to extort child support funds from the men responsible for their kids. This is simply what this film about which stars Jackie Appiah, Van Vicker, Rita Nzelu and others.

The Bad Son

African Movies | Best Ghanaian Movies of 2017: The Bad Son

Prince Buju “Majid Michel” is an ex-convict who after being released from jail is taken to his uncle’s home in other to start life a fresh. Prince Buju who is used to a notorious lifestyle as a result of him being born and raised behind bars, gives his mother a very tough time as he finds it hard to live a life without problems that could result in serious consequences.

Love Does Not Care

Ghanaian Movie Stars: Yvonne Nelson and John Dumelo

A woman finds herself totally in love with a particular man whom she is willing to do anything in other to secure him as hers. When all efforts to have the man she wants proves to be unfruitful, she settles for marrying a total stranger just so she could be close to the man of her dreams. The movie features Juliet Ibrahim, Frank Artus amongst others.

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The 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017

African Movies | The 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017

The Kenyan film industry also known as Kenyawood is still at it’s sowing stages and it seems to have been striving to improve in recent times as Kenyan writers and directors are working hand in hand creating excellent piece of work which is actually selling out the industry into the world lately. A few of the movies from the Kenyan industry got nominated for international awards both in America, Canada as well as Nigerian which they won some home to cherish and to be used as a motivation to work even harder.

The industry is known to produce some of the best hot love and relationship movies so far when it comes to overall African movies, and this also has brought a huge amount of attention to the industry in recent times. From Watu Wote and 18 Hours and Thank you for the Rain; here are some of the best Kenyan movies from 2017 which most Kenyan movie lovers are raving about.

Watu Wote (All of us)

Kenyawood | 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017: Watu Wote (All of us)
Watu Wote (All of us)

Kenya has been experiencing serious suicide attacks for about a decade and one of the many attacks they’ve experienced so far is that of a bus attack which got immortalized by the movie “Watu Wote”. The film was directed by Katja Benrath and has won 29 awards since it’s release.

Zilizala

Best Movies | 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017: Zilizala
Zilizala

A young man named “Samba” leaves his village for the city after the death of his grandmother in order to make himself a living. While on his quest to securing a better future for himself, he witnesses the death of his friend “Kasa” who leaked secrets about a drug cartel he happens to have dealings with before he gave up the ghost. The cartel are now after poor “Samba” who has nothing to do with their unfinished business with his dead friend.

18 Hours

African Movies | 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017: 18 Hours
18 Hours

This is a movie directed by Njue Kevin about a rookie paramedic who spends multiple hours within an ambulance with a road crash patient struggling between life and death with the hopes of finding an hospital to admit him for immediate medical care.

Neophobia

African Movies | 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017: Neophobia
Neophobia

Written and produced by Mark Maina simply shows how a young woman obsessed with doing things the old fashioned way gets a total turn around after using a modern hair dryer for once. The movie has been motivated for various local and international awards and has also bagged home a few accolades since it’s release.

Thank you for the Rain

International Awards | 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017: Thank you for the Rain
Thank you for the Rain

A Kenyan farmer known for using his camera to capture the lives of his family, village and the various climate changes in his community gets thrown out of his home as a result of a violent storm which hit his village. With help of a Norwegian friend who also went through the same experience as him, he turns a community leader and activist on a global stage.

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Have Old Nigerian Movies Completely Influenced The New?

old nigerian movies

It had become a norm to sit in front of the TV to predict and criticize every scene displayed in a Nigerian made movie. Was it badly written? Was the problem the actors? We could never decide with how bad the oldies had gone.

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Yes, there were legendary Nigerian movies like New Direction depicting the truth in culture at a certain time but it increasingly became sickening when they could never come up with something new and the conversations always led to nothingness and ignorant facts.

The oldies had culture in it but it lost it all to the over exaggeration of things, straying too far from reality and getting lost in depicting stories always including illiteracy, fight for kinship and Lagos being a hustle free land where you go to make it.

Were there moral lessons? Yes, but the constant drama blinded us from seeing more. There was scarcely the portrayal of the realistic lifestyle.

Something soon changed and it was the rise of New Media (movie makers, script writers and actors) which proved that it was okay to learn a few tips from the alphas in film and not completely loose our culture. The New Media stuck to originality, never strayed from portraying our valuable culture, showed the reality of things, was mature and relieved us from playing predictors.

The New Media introduced in Nigeria the evolution of turning stand alones like Fifty to a TV series, bringing comedy series like Jenifa’s Dairy and The Johnsons, amongst others to our screens.

The change in the film industry is one that is hard to miss and one that cannot be trumped with reintroductions of our favorite TV stars, increased access to Nigerian movies with the birth of Ebony Live and Iroko TV, amongst others and nonstop sold out movies like Banana Island Ghost, The Wedding Party, The Alter Ego, amongst others.

The evolution of Nollywood has proven that the Nigerian Movie Industry can be transformed and can make a name abroad and just like the New Media, the Oldies have had their time to thrive.

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Folk Dance: 10 Popular Traditional African Dances You Should Know

Folk Dance: 10 Popular Traditional African Dances

Culture and tradition is something that the Africans take very seriously, and that is why just within a country, there are numerous cultures that are very sacred to the people. These cultures are made up of the food, folklores, myths, legends, festivals, language, songs and dances some of which are rooted into the hearts of the people. Folk dance; from kizomba, atilogwu, mbira dance to kete dance – here’s list of 10 popular traditional African dances across Africa the continent you should know. Brace yourself, explore these popular dances and get ready to groove!

Atilogwu Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Atilogwu dance
Atilogwu dance.

Originating from the eastern part of Nigeria, the Atilogwu dance is a highly expressive and vigorous dance; we can confidently tell you that it is not for the faint hearted. The dance features a lot of body movements and acrobatics that go hand in hand with the rhythms and beats of their instruments. The name “Atilogwu” which means ‘is this magic?’ in Igbo language, came up when the dance was first initiated, seeing how much of body movements were involved and at a very fast pace too, the people watching had to ask whether the dance was an act of magic, can blame them, we would probably ask the same too! The dancers are always clothed in colorful attires that make you love the dance even more. The dance is loved by many both home and abroad and is performed during special occasions.

Kete Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Kete Dance
Kete Dance – © kwesinfoni7/instagram

Found in the Akan region in Ghana, the Kete dance is a popular dance amongst the Ashanti people. This is also an expressive dance that is usually done in a semi-circle in which the dancer(s) uses hand gestures as a form of communication. For the dance attires, the men usually have a cloth that is worn over their shoulder, while the women put on what they call kaba and ntama which are also very colorful. The kete dance is a very interesting and engaging to watch, just like most dances in Africa, it is also very symbolic.

Kalela Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Kalela Dance
Kalela Dance – © musicinafrica.net

This is a popular tribal dance amongst the people of Bisa, Ngumbo and Ushi in Zambia. The kalela dance is usually accompanied by huge drums and some heavy whistle blowing by all the dancers. The drums are usually played with sticks and beaten rigorously to produce a very beautiful sound. This dance is performed by both women and men all dancing in a circular motion using a call and response form. This particular dance is said to have played a very important role on the copperbelt during Zambia’s struggle for independence, so it is a very significant dance. The kalela dance is usually performed for entertainment purposes, during leisure and for special occasions.

Mandinka Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Mandinka Dance
Mandinka Dance – © tostan blog

Usually danced by the women while the men are drumming for them, the Mandinka dance is a popular dance amongst the people of Gambia. With over 73 ethnic groups, the cultural heritage of the Gambians is one that is very rich and taken very seriously. The dancers are mostly known for their expressive arm movements and footwork. There are different dance styles when it comes to the Mandinka dance. The first one is called lenjeng which is a fertility dance and the other one is called bara’wullo this one is the work song dance. The dancers while dancing show movements of their head cocked to the side, stamping of their feet to the ground and their arms flapping up and down. It is often said all these make the dance look like a graceful bird flying.

Indlamu Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Indlamu Dance
Indlamu Dance – © presidencyza/flickr

The South Africans are people that hold their music and dance in high esteem. With each of their dances expressed both physically and emotionally, one cannot help but love their dances. The Indlamu dance is probably the most popular dance amongst the Zulu people in South Africa, very similar to the Ndebele dances from Zimbabwe; it is danced by the men and often called the warrior dance. It is used to show strength, and prowess when it comes to fighting. It is a very entertaining dance to watch, especially with the songs that accompany the dance.

Gota Dance

Popular amongst the Ewe and Volta regions of Togo and Ghana respectively, the Gota dance is a very rhythmic and energetic dance that literally makes use of the whole body, it also makes use of the kpalongo drums that are used to create a unique sound. It is a very exciting and engaging dance to watch. The beat goes on allowing everybody to be properly engaged, both performers and audience, and then suddenly it stops and the dancers have to remain in that same position till the music returns, this creates a sense of euphoria in everybody thereby, making it a dance that is very loved.

Zaouli Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Zaouli Dance
Zaouli dance performance. © Afrofit_bysamba/Instagram

This rather ironic dance is common amongst the Gouro people of Ivory Coast. How ironic you might ask? The zaouli dance is always danced with a mask that represents the daughter of zaouli and shows the face of a smiling young woman, but the irony there is that this mask is always worn by a man, see what we mean now? The zaouli dance like most dances in Africa is also an entertaining dance that is performed during festivals, funerals, and basically any celebration you can think of. The emphasis of this dance is placed on the foot movements and quick rhythmic steps that follow the sound of the flutes and other accompanying instruments, while the upper part of the body remains stationary.

Likhuba Dance

Performed amongst the people of Sena tribe in southern part of Malawi, the likhuba dance is performed to cure any psychological illness in women. It is a very energetic and acrobatic dance that showcases male prowess and strength. It has been said that after this demonstration and dance, the woman in question is cured. Awesome stuff!

Kizomba Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Kizomba Dance
Couple doing the kizomba dance. © sarah_licaj/instagram

This is a very sensual dance by the people of Angola. Captivating, breathtaking and very interesting to watch, the kizomba dance is a dance that showcases the connection and intimacy between partners. It is a rather slow, steady and close dance that retains the attention of the spectators. While some conservative folks consider it to be quite uncomfortable, the kizomba dance is fast gaining its popularity even beyond the shores of Africa.

Mbira Dance

List of African Popular Dances: Mbira Dance
Mbira Dance – © tarirohope

The Mbira dance is a religious dance amongst the Shona people of Zimbabwe. It is performed by the elders of the community during ancestral ceremonies like the Bira. The dance is used to invite ancestral spirits into the community. The dancers do a lot of foot movements, pauses and high jumps. The Mbira dance is usually performed in the community with a whole lot of spectators but it can also be a solo dance as well.

We hope you’ve been able to learn something, now put on your dancing shoes and let’s dance!

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Most Influential Africans: 10 African Celebrities Making It Big in Media

Most Influential Africans: 10 African Celebrities in Media

One very unique thing about Africans is their hustling spirit; they don’t allow anything to stop them in their pursuit for greatness. They strive to be the best in whatever they do and in anywhere they find themselves. If you happen to fall under the category of those who observe Africa and Africans from afar, you might become subjected to the dangers of a single story, you know those ones that depict Africans as backward and uneducated.

However, if you just come a little bit closer, you will be able to see that a whole lot of Africans are kicking it in so many spheres of life. Most Influential Africans – today, we will be looking at the ten (10) African celebrities kicking it big in the media. From Omotola Jalade, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, to Bonang Matheba – these people have been able to build a name for themselves in their different niche, not only that, they have been recognized even beyond the shores of Africa the continent. Take a look!

Peace Hyde

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Peace Hyde
Peace Hyde founder of AIM HIGHER AFRICA. © peac_hy/instagram

This British Ghanaian TV girl is not just your regular TV host, but an all round media guru as well as a woman passionate about giving back. Her non-profit organization “Aim Higher Africa” is dedicated to enriching the standard of education for students through the use of ICT. The Forbes West Africa correspondent rose to her new level in 2017 when she became the new head of digital media and partnerships for Forbes Africa. Go girl!

Trevor Noah

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah comedian from South Africa. © trevornoah/instagram

This South African sweetheart is probably the funniest guy you would ever meet. When he is not hosting TV shows, he is making you laugh so hard during his comedy shows. He had a very rough childhood has since made it a mandate to speak about the ills of domestic abuses and how to get rid of it. Trevor Noah is not only known within the walls of his home country, but he is widely known in several other countries especially in America where he has worked on projects like daily show, the tonight show, the late night show to mention but few.

Mo Abudu

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Mo Abudu
Mo Abudu TV producer and Media entrepreneur. © moabudu/instagram

Mo as she is fondly called is probably every young Nigerian lady’s goals. Talk show host, TV producer, entrepreneur, consultant, philanthropist, this woman is on a roll with nobody stopping her. Her TV network, Ebonylife TV airs in more than 49 countries across Africa as well as in the UK and the Caribbean, no wonder she has been described as Africa’s most successful woman by Forbes. Her achievements in the media have not gone unrewarded as she has been honored with many awards and laurels, including being listed as one of the 25 most powerful women in global TV.

Bonang Matheba

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Bonang Matheba
Bonang Matheba. © bonang_m/instagram

Not only is she a style goddess, the media queen is all shades of a hardworking woman. The South African beauty has ventured into as many things as you can think about; from owning her own lingerie and handbags line, to writing her own book titled “FROM A TO B” which was definitely a hit back to back we might add. Bonang has hosted a whole lot of award shows and beauty pageants, at some point she was also an on air personality for South African youth radio station YFM. She has also taken a step further in showing us bits of her life on her newly launched reality show ‘Being Bonang’. We are so looking forward to that.

Kunle Afolayan

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Kunle Afolayan
Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor, film producer and director. © kunleafo/instagram

Nigerian actor and producer extraordinaire Kunle Afolayan is one of the most influential men in the media. With several of his insightful, creative and rather interesting movies, he always leaves us anticipating his next big project. His award winning movies are most times a fusion the indigenous cultural practices and modern day societal practices. Sometimes, you begin to doubt that they are actual fiction because they always look so real. One of his major hits has to be the movie “The CEO” which features top African actors and musical icon Angelique Kidjo. Now we look forward to what this gentleman surprises us with next.

Lupita Nyong’o

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o – © lupitanyongo/instagram

The Kenyan-Mexican actress is definitely one of the top shots in Africa and diaspora. Even though she started her Hollywood career as a production assistant, she was not discouraged and eventually she rose to stardom. Anyone who has seen movies like ’12 years a slave’ and ‘Queen of Katwe’ will know how passionate and professional this lady is when it comes to doing her work. Lupita became the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an academy award, what a record! True to her roots and making Africa proud, Lupita is undoubtedly one of the most influential Africans in the media.

John Boyega

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - John Boyega
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British Nigerian actor, John Boyega is always a delight to watch on screen regardless of what role he plays. The rising star that has now warmed his way into our hearts is never shy of his descent and even propagates it at every given opportunity. John had his big break when he landed a role in star wars; he has had his career go upward since then. We are very positive that the best is yet to come for this witty and influential young man.

Pearl Thusi

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Pearl Thusi
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, radio, and television personality. © pearlthusi/instagram

The beautiful host of ‘Lip Sync Battle Africa’ and ‘Moments south Africa’ is way much more than just a pretty face. She is also an actress, a model, TV and radio personality. She also has her own internet talk show called ‘The Right to Vote’ and it has been said that this project formed part of the African national congress election campaign! The Quantico star is always a delight to watch because her sense of style is impeccable. Whatever the occasion may be, Pearl is ready to bring it on.

Anne Kansiime

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Anne Kansiime
Anne Kansiime, is Ugandan entertainer, actress, and comedian. © kansiime256/instagram

The queen of African comedy is literally very hilarious, hence earning that title. From her skits on social media to her show ‘Don’t mess with Kansiime’ the Ugandan comedienne effortlessly makes us laugh and laugh hard. She like other African influencers has also won various awards like the African Oscar award for favorite comedian; no doubt she is loved by many.

Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde

Most Influential Africans: African Celebrities in Media - Omotola Jalade
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Award winning actress,Singer,UN WFP ambassador. © realomosexy/instagram

Popularly known as ‘omo-sexy’ because of her curves, the beautiful Nigerian actress and mother of four proves to us that we certainly can have it all; family and career-wise. Whether she is giving us those emotional scenes in Nollywood or campaigning for the girl-child and youth empowerment, Omotola is bringing

in her a-game. She was also named as one of the top 100 influential people in the world! See why she definitely had to make our list? Her passion for human rights is something that we all really admire. She became an ambassador for the United Nations world food program in 2005, as well as an amnesty international campaigner in 2011. To show you passionate she is about this cause, she actually took some time off the screen to pursue human rights and spend more time with her family. She once said somewhere that “Balance and an understanding partner is a major key to success”, we couldn’t agree more.

All these individuals are proof that anybody can make it, so go out there and carve your name on the sands of time!

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Owambe: 4 Things That Make a Yoruba Wedding Truly African

Owambe: Yoruba wedding

Yoruba wedding – Africans are known to be very cultural people. Everything follows a form of pattern that has been existing since as long as we can remember, and some of these practices are still carried out in our contemporary society. Like they say, culture is a man’s way of life, so therefore you can’t take away culture from the African man. One of those occasions where cultural practices are often followed to the latter is during weddings. Africans do not joke with their African wedding, as this is the time to go all out and showcase their age long cultures and traditions. From the music, dance, prayers, food, etc. the Africans sure know how to plan a wedding.

Nigeria boast of a million dollar wedding industry. When it comes to Nigerian wedding, the Yoruba people have a reputation of throwing the ever lavish Yoruba weddings – a weekend is never complete without owambe ( “it is there”); a term now used nationwide to describe Yoruba wedding, Nigerian wedding or Nigerian parties in general. Looking to experience a true Yoruba wedding? Here are 4 things that you should be on look out for in order to have the full African experience.

Afrocentric Yoruba Wedding Traditions

COLOURS

It is no longer news that the Africans are a people of colour, and I don’t mean the skin colour here, I am talking about the various colours that we see all around us. In different countries across the continent, there is always a display of creativity during special occasions and this display often involves an array of colours. Now whenever the Yoruba people want to get married, they do not play with their colours especially when it comes to choosing their “Aso-ebi”. In fact, these days, they have become more creative when it comes to choosing their colours. I mean how do you describe writing things like ‘tomato red and champagne gold’ on invitation cards? that’s definitely taking it up a notch if you ask us. Sometimes, the colour combination might seem a bit strange especially if you have never thought of it before, but by the time you get to the venue, you are most likely going to love it, because a lot of thoughts and inputs go into those colours alone.

FOOD

African wedding: Nigerian wedding
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Food is another major thing that the Yorubas don’t joke with in their weddings. This is the time when different dishes are put on display. Not only the do they go all the way when it comes to the preparation of these meals, but they also take the serving very seriously as well. The bride’s side will have their own caterers and the groom’s side will also have theirs. Apart from those ones, there are other family members and well wishers who will bring their own food to serve to their own guests, just so that everybody is able to eat. This sort of communal and brotherly act is something very common amongst the Africans, and the Yoruba people are also very fond of it. Different local meals ranging from “iyan” (pounded yam), “amala” (yam flour), “efo riro” (vegetable soup) “egusi” (melon soup), “ila alasepo” (okro soup) and of course the award winning jollof rice are always served in their weddings with guests eating till they can eat no more.

DRESSING

Nigerian wedding: Yoruba people
Nigerian singer Banky W, and his groomsmen. © bankywellington/instagram

If there is anything the yorubas can do well, it is dressing. When it comes to weddings, they do not joke with their attires at all. The local attires for the Yoruba people are iro, buba and gele for the women and for the men they wear their full agbada and fila. In recent times, some many sort of beautiful fabrics have been made that really showcase their colourful nature, and one thing about them is that they always go for the best. From Ankara to lace materials, they will never disappoint. The different styles that people are able to come up with especially among the ladies are another thing that adds vigor to the event. Be careful though, if you see a young Yoruba guy in his white agbada and sunglasses maybe with a couple of his friends also dressed similarly, you might want to take a few steps back, we will save the reason for another post, we warned you though!

DRAMA

Africans and drama are almost inseparable. So, it is not a thing of surprise that Yoruba people are also very dramatic; this is not only peculiar to only them though, probably every tribe in Nigeria has just a little bit of drama embedded in their DNA. The reason why Yoruba weddings are always fun and ‘turnt’ is mostly because there has to be a sort of show at different times during the event. Whether during the dance, serving of the food, sharing of souvenirs, there has to be something you take home to remember that day for. We have those people who get tipsy from drinks and then begin to ‘manifest’ on the dance floor with moves that have not even been invented yet, or those elderly mummies who can get really aggressive when it comes to collecting souvenirs, it can really ugly pretty fast! Sharing food is however one of the major causes of drama in a Yoruba wedding, some people decide to literally eat their three square meals in that party alone, so you will see them bringing take-away bags just to put some of the food in them only to say they haven’t been served, they also can get aggressive too. The fun part is that it is not always the negative kind of drama that happens in a Yoruba wedding, there are dramas like the couples entrance; people have really gotten creative with this one, spraying money on the dance floor too can become drama because then everybody wants to show off, but we are sure the couple will definitely not mind this kind of drama at all!

So, whenever you get an invite to a Yoruba wedding, all you have to do is show up looking fabulous, the rest will be taken care of!

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Top Gospel Artists in Ghana You Should Know

Music is food for the mind and soul which helps in expressing that which cannot be said by most people and also offers solace and relief to those who listen. Gospel music on the other hand helps most people in worshipping and praising their creator one way or the other joyously. We’ve specially curated a number of the top gospel artists Ghana has produced so far who happens to have released mind-blowing gospel songs for praise and worships. Here’s our selection of 5 top gospel singers in Ghana you should know;

Bernice Offei

Ghanian gospel artists: Bernice Offei
Bernice Offei. © inFocos GH/YouTube

Bernice Offei is a multi award winning Ghanaian music artist who has successfully released 6 albums since she started her musical career, some of which are Hold on, Life, Grateful, Me Kosu amongst others. Her 6th studio album “Life” won her 2 awards during the 10th Edition of the MTN Ghana Music Awards as the song writer of the year and Best Vocal female performer. She is one of the most accomplished gospel musicians in Ghana.

Charles Kwadwo Fosuh

Ghanian gospel artists: Charles Kwadwo Fosuh
Charles Kwadwo Fosuh – © officialdaddylumba/instagram

Charles Kwadwo Fosuh also known by his stage name Daddy Lumba is one of Ghana’s best gospel singers who comes from the Ashanti region of Ghana. He has successfully released over 13 albums since he kick started his career in music, some of which are Asee Ho in 2002, Awoso 2017 and many others. He bagged home 3 awards in the year 1999 at the Ghana Music Awards which includes Artist of the Year, Best album, and Most popular song of the year.

Preachers

Gospel singers: Preachers gospel music group
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Ghanaian gospel music group, Preachers are one of the best gospel musicians Ghana has produced so far. The group which consists of 3 talented music artists namely Obed Psych, Emani Beats, and Edmund Baidoo have successfully released a bunch of gospel songs such as Too old in the head, Just don’t complain, Who do you love etc. They introduced urban gospel genre in Ghana through their kind of music and have continued to use their talent to also spread the word of God.

Heavens Connection

Heavens Connection: Ghanaian gospel musicians
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Heavens Connection is a Ghanian-rap gospel music group which consists of 3 artists namely the Christ Junkie, Ian Jazzi and Psalm 1. They created a new wave of gospel music with their gospel rap style of music in Ghana which made them the first gospel rap group in their country.

(Late) Comfort Annor

Comfort Annor made amazing gospel songs
Comfort Annor – © ghanafame

Comfort Annor was a raving Ghanaian gospel musician while she was alive with her outstanding soothing voice which alternates between Mezzo-soprano and a contralto in the early 90s. She’s known for her top releases such as Akode Biara, Dom Hene, Di wo hene and other mind-blowing gospel songs.

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5 of The Hottest Hip Hop Artists in Africa

Best Hip Hop Artists. Cassper Nyovest

Growing up, you must have listened to rappers like Tupac, Notorious, Nas, and Ice Cube etc. Not necessarily choices made by myself but these were the records your family siblings, friends or your surroundings played, so naturally as an adult, you might gravitated towards hip hop. If there were African hip hop artists then, many never heard about them or embraced it. However, hip hop music all in Africa is not the same. Each region has its own style, but each still retains elements that makes it hip hop. Best Hip Hop Artists: Here is a list of the hottest hip-hop artists in the different regions of Africa:

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

African Rappers. Cassper Nyovest
Cassper Nyovest – © casspernyovest/instagram

The South African hip-hop is more politically charged and socially conscious and Cassper Nyovest represents this. Personally, this man can hold his ground and even best any foreign rapper out there. The maturity, consciousness and delivery of his lyrics for me is unparalleled. One of this best rappers of this generation.

Olamide (Nigeria)

African Rappers. Olamide
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The Nigerian music Industry is more about parties and fun. Olamide needs no introduction. Within a relatively short span he has dominated the air waves. From melancholic tunes like Melo melo to party hits like Shakiti Bobo. Badoo has just been too consistent since the release of his first studio album Rapsodi in 2011. His recent song “WO” which although has been banned is still receiving massive patronage. Olamide doesn’t disappoint.

Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)

African Hip Hop. Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph Jones – © khaligraph_jones/instagram

In Kenya hip hop is more localized and involves the heavy use of Swahili and English which are the official languages of Kenya. Local dialects also feature heavily. Khaligraph raps fluent in both Swahili and English and uses his music as a form of expression of the hard times he faced while growing up in Nairobi. He may not be that popular in other parts of Africa but he’s holding it down in East Africa.

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Hip Hop Artists. Sarkodie
Sarkodie – © sarkodie/instagram

In recent years there has been an increased demand from the Ghanaian population for hip hop music and Sarkodie is at the forefront when it comes to the delivery. Known for his fast rapping style, he delivers his songs in his native twi tongue, English and Pidgin English. He has major collaborations with Nigerian artistes such as Wizkid, M.I, and Ice Prince Etc. Though most times I can’t understand what he’s saying, he sounds pretty good to me.

Don Bigg (Morocco)

Best Hip Hop Artists. Don Biggs
Don Bigg – © donbiggofficial/instagram

Obviously much of the English speaking world know little about Don Bigg but in North Africa, this guy is a big deal. Famed for his raw and outspoken style, Don Bigg is one of the few Arab hip-hop artiste’s successfully exporting Moroccan rap to the rest of the world. He has toured Europe and the Middle East extensively. With a law degree and three year practice experience, international TV channels produce programs with musical and political debates as themes for Don Bigg.

Well this is just a glimpse at one of the fastest growing music industry in the world. From Nigeria to Kenya to the Arab Morocco. Hip hop is a universal language and Africa is fluent.

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