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Florence Nwapa: The Mother Of African Literature

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Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa was born on this day, the 13th of January in 1931 in Oguta, Imo state.
At a time when going to school at a young age was a prestigious achievement, the 22-year-old gained admission to University College, Ibadan in 1953. Upon graduation, the 26-year-old headed to Scotland to earn a diploma in education.

After her education at Edinburgh University, the 27-year-old landed a teaching job at Queens College Enugu. Her job allowed her to have time to pursue other interests and so, Nwapa wrote short stories. She sent one of her stories to Nigeria’s international literary figure, Chinua Achebe. A surprised Nwapa got positive feedback and money from Achebe to send to her publisher, Heinemann. This became her motivation.
In 1966, at 30, Nwapa’s first novel, Efuru put her on the international spotlight making her the first African woman to have her novel published in the English language in Britain.

Soon, Nwapa became known to the literary community as an author who told stories from the Igbo woman’s narrative.
After the Nigerian civil war (1967 to 1970) that led to the death of millions of Nigerians and Biafrans, she dedicated her time to helping refugees and orphans.

Florence Nwapa

By 1970, Nwapa had shifted her focus slightly and became one of Africa’s first women publishers after she founded Tana Press.
One of her objectives was,
“to inform and educate women all over the world, especially Feminists (both with capital F and small f) about the role of women in Nigeria, their economic independence, their relationship with their husbands and children, their traditional beliefs and their status in the community as a whole”.
Nwapa, a feminist in every right, was a forerunner in using her books especially her 1978 book Ogbuefi to speak up against the patriarchal society. The book got accolades from women and men alike.
She added some other novels to her catalogue: Idu (1970), Never Again (1975), One is Enough (1981), and Women are Different (1986); *collection of stories* This is Lagos (1971) and Wives at War (1980); *poems* Cassava Song and Rice Song (1986) as well as children books.
Nwapa taught at several universities including New York University, Trinity College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Ilorin.
She died of pneumonia in 1993 at 62.

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Sherrie Silver’s star continues to shine

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Last week in Rome, Sherrie Silver shared the podium with Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy.Rwandan born-choreographer and actress Sherrie Silver is continuing to blaze the trail with key milestones that have shaped her career, the latest being appointment as United Nations’ Advocate for Rural Youth.
The U.K-based actress and choreographer, still basking in the successes of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” song which she choreographed, was named a rural youth advocate by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) last week in Rome, Italy, where she shared the podium with Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy.

The 24-year-old bubbly actress and dancer, whose dance skills have earned her international celebrity status, expressed her delight to be appointed to the role, stating that she has always aspired to be more than just an entertainer, but someone who can use her influence to be a voice for young people all over the world.
Accepting her appointment on February 14, Silver reiterated her connection to her country Rwanda and the African continent, despite growing up in London where she has lived since she was five, pointing out that young people in developing countries know what they need, but they’re not heard.

Silver, still reveling in big wins at the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Awards, despite Childish Gambino boycotting the Grammies, said in her acceptance speech that hailing from a background of farmers in Rwanda, agriculture is closer to her and that during her tenure she will focus on ensuring that the dreams and ambitions of young people in rural areas are supported.
“There are 1.2 billion young people across the world, 660 million of them live in rural areas and these numbers are growing. But my generation is much more likely to be unemployed than all the generations and when we do have jobs, they pay very badly and we end up among the working poor,” she said.
“Young people in the developing countries know what they need but they are not being heard. We need equal access to education, technology, land distribution, good governance and a fair economic system,” she said, adding that ‘young people are determined and have the energy’.

She was named an Advocate for rural youth during the IFAD annual meeting of member states during which she made a call-to-action to leaders and the international community to invest in rural you
“I am inviting you to come together and stand on the right side of history by investing more in resources in Agriculture and in young rural people, and the communities where they live,” Silver said in her acceptance speech, adding that rural youth are innovative and ready to take risk.

“We need you to act now… I am challenging everyone in this room and all over the world,” she said in her speech.
She said that in different countries like Cameroon where IFAD has supported young people to start self-sustaining projects, amazing things have been achieved.
Charlotte Salford, the associate Vice-President of External Relations and Governance Department at IFAD, said that the international agency is delighted to have Silver on board, saying that she will use her talent and status to reach millions of youth.
“Dance and music are great unifiers. They help young people to express themselves and unite groups of people across cultures and countries,” she said.
Silver is IFAD’s first-ever advocate for rural youth and will champion the ‘Our future is here’ youth-led campaign which seeks to leverage on the energy and creativity of young people to increase awareness on the need to invest in agriculture to avert global hunger.
According to IFAD, an investment of $180 billion is needed to fight hunger in rural areas where it, alongside poverty, youth unemployment and forced migration continue to have an impact on populations.
Silver, who is already running her humanitarian and charity initiatives in Rwanda, Nigeria and Uganda, among other countries, will focus on ensuring that the role of the youth is prominent and recognised.
With her star continuing to rise since her major breakthrough in the movie “Africa United” in 2010, Silver says that apart from her causes and new role, she intends to make more movies but at the same time continue with her dance and choreography roles which come naturally to her since she loves to dance.

In a recent interview she intimated how she encountered skin complexes in school in the UK where she was urged to ‘lighten up a bit” because she was too dark. She turned down the suggestions and embraced her black skin and decided to stay true to her roots.
Annually she travels to Rwanda to carry out her humanitarian activities and visit friends and family. She has since become a YouTube sensation with her dance tutorials.
Commenting about the ceremony in Rome in which she accepted the advocacy role, Silver revealed that she was nervous before delivering her speech especially speaking before an audience that included different heads of state and the Pope but from the look of things, she did just great.

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Winning Sunday with Creative /Visual Artist ,Kingsley Ayogu @ the Ayogu Kingsley digital gallery Space. : The Young Netpreneur for the Week.

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Art steps beyond the realms of being just an illustration when the piece which has been created holds a narrative. This depth of artistic expression can be achieved through diving into the abundant ocean of human emotion, a depth achieved by 23-year-old artist Ayogu Kingsley Ifeanyichukwu. He accomplishes this depth not only through the photographic precision of his oil paintings, but through the scenes captured within his work.

Born September 23rd 1994, and originating from Aji Igboeze North L.G.A. Enugu, Nigeria, he is a Mastermind NCE holder in Painting and Graphics, Certified by Enugu State College of Education. He is one of the leading figures of the Hyperrealist movement, an artistic style that can often be mistaken as photography at first glance. Ayogu Kingsley treats his paintings as poetry which captivates the viewer and inundates you in emotion. His art appeals to the conscience of the people whom experience his work. His paintings allow you to find compassion within yourself; they act as a trigger to tap into human solidarity.
Kingsley achieves this intensity through the stunning, lens-like detail applied to his work. Every blemish, scar or intricate feature he adds to his paintings help express the truth in his work. Majority of his work depicts his subjects in uncomfortable situations; situations with a wide spectrum of displayed emotion through tears, despair and affinity. The viewer of his pieces is compelled to feel connected to the paintings, searching for ways to console or free the subject from distress. His paintings endorse unity and human empathy, bridging a relationship between his work and his viewers.

When putting paint to canvas Kingsley, examines nuances of the human figure. The facial structure is a key element he explores in his work. The movement of muscles, hair and even sweat are components of his art that make his pieces so dynamic. The way he paints shows that he understands the human figure at a superior level, possessing the ability to recreate a figure and manipulate it to convey a vivid message.

Ayogu Kingsley is an excellent example of African artists momentously excelling in the current art landscape . The large demand for his work attests to his superb artistic talent. The passion and sensitivity in his art connect uniquely with each individual.

Kingsley’s individual style of painting has earned him recognition through awards and in exhibitions from local and international art cognisors and establishments such as:

AWARDS
Finalist Spanish visual Art competition.

Winner Talent for Praize Music and Art Competition 2015.

Winner Best Experiment Artist at LIMCAF 2016.

Group leader at Enugu State Art Schools Mural Workshop, organized by Alliance Francaise 2017.

Winner Vin Martin Ilo Award at LIMCAF 2017
EXHIBITION
Spanish Visual Art Competition Grand Finale 2015.

Talent for Praize Music and Art Competition Grand Finale 2015.

LIMCAF Zonal Exhibition 2016.

LIMCAF Grand finale 2016.

The Sojourner Art Exhibition 2017(Initiated & Curated by Ayogu Kingsley for FAAE, ESCET).
MAEZOE Art First Lagos 2017.

Not Seen but Felt debut solo Exhibition 2017.

LIMCAF Enugu Zonal Exhibition.

LIMCAF Grand Finale Exhibition 2017.

Moniker Art Fair, Brooklyn New York 2018
PRESS
– Who Are The Real Hyperrealist On Instagram?

newwavemagazine.com – Ayogu Kingsley digital gallery space

thepresidentialhustle.com – The Extraordinary Paintings of Kingsley Ayogu – A Nigerian Presidential Hustler.

creativedebuts.co.uk – Kingsley Ayogu

thesparkng.com – Kingsley Ayogu Ifeanyichukwu – Fine Art, Hyperrealism

ratatatainment.com – Ayogu Kingsley Ifeanyichukwu – Artist

blueprintafric.com – Ooni of Ife accepts Painting by South East Artist, Ayogu Kingsley.

somtochukwu.com – Ayogu Kingsley. A Creative Fine Artist Has A Plan For The Future

– Save The Children: Ayogu Kingsley’s Valley Painting Wins Vin Martin Ilo Prize at Limcaf 2017

mymajicdc.com – Nigerian Painter’s Realistic Portraits Might Give You All The Feels

kanyinulia.com – This Nigerian Artist Is Just Too Good His Paintings Look So Real

globalgrind.cassiuslife.com – Nigerian Painter’s Realistic Portraits Might Give You All The Feels

gossip.naija.ng – Nigerian artist becomes internet sensation with his paintings which look very real

naijagbedu.com – Meet This Young Nigerian Artiste @ayogukingsleyfineart -His Paintings Look So Real

BBC Africa – Ayogu Kingsley: E bidoro m na nwata na-ese ihe

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Tomi Adeyemi shortlisted for Waterstones book prize

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TOMI ADEYEMI has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
The author has been shortlisted in the ‘older fiction’ category for her acclaimed fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone.
Taking to social media to share the news, she tweeted: “thank you to @Waterstones and to every single bookseller who’s shared CBB with the UK!! so many readers there have touched my heart ???? i’m eternally grateful for all the amazing work you do!”
The Nigerian-American writer is listed alongside authors and illustrators including Sophie Anderson, Jessica Love and Onjali Q. Raúf.
Waterstones’ children’s buyer Florentyna Martin said: “Children’s books are firmly at the heart of our shops. Knowledge of their local communities, and the pleasure in recommending the best books to their customers, gives our booksellers a unique and pivotal role in championing new talent. Now, more than ever before, there is real playfulness and creativity noticeable in children’s books.
“This year’s list showcases an exploration of wide topics including world-folklore, black history, mental health, refugees and the world around us, through dynamic forms of poetry, fables and sweeping fantasies. It is a truly enthralling time for children’s writing, and our booksellers have keenly chosen shortlists that they are inspired to share with readers and, in doing so, recognise the creators who will shape the future of children’s stories.”
Celebrating its 15th year, the prize is open to authors’ first or second book (or third in the illustration category. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 and one overall winner – chosen from the three category winners – will be given an additional £3,000 at a ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly on 21st March.
James Daunt, m.d. at Waterstones, said: “We are immediately proud of our children’s book prize. It has chosen unfailingly wonderful books and in so doing propelled the careers of a succession of exceptional authors. Who knows how many might otherwise not have achieved such success? The prize is the work of our booksellers and represents Waterstones at its very best.”
See the full shortlist below:
Illustrated Books
The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie (Little Tiger Press)
Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond (HarperCollins)
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Penguin)
The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion)
Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (Penguin)
Younger Fiction:
The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
The Train To Impossible Places by P.G. Bell (Usborne)
Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
The Mystery Of The Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz (Head of Zeus)
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Hachette Children’s)
The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (Templar)
Older Fiction:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont)
Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (MacMillan Children’s Books)
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions)
The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Little Tiger Press)
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy (Head of Zeus)
Boy 87 by Ele Fountain (Pushkin)

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Nature and Nigeria inspire designer’s print collection

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AFTER CONTEMPLATING which direction she should take her career in as she moved back to London after four years of living in Paris, Olamide Olayinka thought there was no better time to start her own business. And thanks to support from her family, friends and The Prince’s Trust, she was able to make her idea a reality.
Her design studio, OlaOla, which takes its name from the first three letters of her first name and surname, creates bold and contemporary patterns that adorn accessories, stationery and jewellery.
The 28-year-old textile designer’s work is inspired by both nature and her Nigerian heritage. All her products are made in small batches and printed and handmade in the UK.
Her collections feature everything from bum bags and coin purses to phone cases and notebooks, enabling customers to match styles or experiment with different designs.
She told The Voice: “I’m proud that I turned my idea into a tangible thing and that I’ve stuck with it even though it hasn’t been easy. I’m still at that stage when I’m so humbled by all the support I get and every sale I make genuinely makes me so happy.

For those waiting for the perfect time to start their own business, Ola has some thoughts.
“I’m still working things out as I go along, but if I had waited for perfection I would of never started.”
A year into entrepreneurship, Ola has learned that success takes time and you shouldn’t measure how well you’re doing by comparing yourself to others.
“Having worked with other small businesses I know that an ‘overnight success’ is often many years in the making.”
See more of Ola’s designs by visiting www.olaola.co.uk

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Davido’s big return

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IT’S FAIR to say that Davido has had an incredible two years. He’s delivered a string of global hits, with the peerless run of singles Fall, FIA, If, Assurance and Wonder Woman wracking up hundreds of millions of views online and igniting dance floors from Lagos to London and beyond.
He is a driving force in the Afrobeats genre, and, along with his DMW (the record label he started) cohorts, he has a veritable hit factory that we just can’t get enough of.
Born in Atlanta as the youngest of five kids, Davido was taken to Lagos almost immediately after birth. He grew up separated from his American-raised siblings, visiting every summer. However,he was far more immersed in the musical culture of Lagos.
But, even as he fell in love with music, his family made it clear that the music industry was not a viable career choice. Instead, they placed a premium on academic success.
Davido remembers: “[In] the family I come from, you’ve got to go to school. It’s very weird to come from my family and say you want to do music. It’s not something they’ll take seriously at all.”
But Davido was not to be deterred. When he returned to the States to go to university he built his own studio, spending more time teaching himself how to produce and write songs than he did going to lectures.
“I wasn’t going to be an artist,” he continues. “I was the person who wanted to be behind the scenes. I thought I’d be mixing or mastering or engineering. But then I went back to Nigeria, and my song Back When just took off in the clubs, and from there it went back to back…”
But, just before the success of his huge track If in 2016, things weren’t looking so rosy for Davido.
What should have been a dream deal with Sony led to an album he wasn’t necessarily proud of, and that took him back to the drawing board. “I left Nigeria for a while in January 2016, and I got signed to Sony around that time. The first record I dropped after getting signed had a lot of American artists and Western music on it,” he recalls honestly.
“It didn’t do that well. I feel like it wasn’t really my style. The fans weren’t there for that, and the record didn’t go well. And then I was left thinking, I’ve signed this deal… now what? So, when I dropped this If thing, it didn’t really move at first. Nothing in general moved for me.
“I wouldn’t say that I was depressed at the time, since I Was just trying to stay positive, but I was like ‘What is going on?’ I ended up losing a whole year. I just wasn’t happy I complained and complained. I wanted to leave.
“So about October 2016, I was just like, I’m going back to Lagos. When I When I got back to Lagos, I brought the origin of my album. When we recorded these songs, we did it in
this room with no AC. And it just got me back to the grind, back to the mindset.”
It was going back to the original grind in Lagos – going back to pretty much his roots in terms of music – that birthed hits like FIA. From South Africa to Nigeria to Sierra Leone to Liberia, the African community has embraced Davido in an incredible way.
So, what exactly is it what he does that just makes us all so excited about his music? “I really don’t know – like, seriously!” he tells The Voice. “Since 2014, I’ve been gaining that audience, that crowd. Years after years went, If came, Fall came, so now, we’re working on different things.
“We’re about to be working with UNICEF. I like to give, but I’m not the type of person that will carry a camera and go to motherless babies homes and start giving out gifts. But, I’m about take all that to different African countries, starting with Nigeria. I want this to be for music students in schools, and get it back on campus.”
Last year he did his incredible 30 Billion World and sold out the Brixton Academy, for what was the 76th show on the tour. Now he’s taking on the huge O2 Arena. So, how does it feel to be back performing in the UK after the success of Brixton last year?
“I’m looking forward to being back in the UK. It was incredible to sell out the iconic Brixton Academy last year, but I’m ambitious and I want to showcase Africa in new places. After playing Wireless Festival last summer and then 1Xtra live, it has just felt like the right thing to push for.”
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It’s a huge venue – it must be daunting to say the least? “It’s always been my dream just to perform at the O2 Arena. “It’s an even bigger dream to be headlining my own show there.
“The reaction from fans has been so humbling, and I cannot wait to show them a good time! I see that your Prime Minister Theresa May likes to dance African style. If anyone has her number, tell her to come and dance with us on January 27!
“2019 has started off in the most incredible way. Expect to see and hear great things!”

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Black Panther cast and crew react to Oscar nominations

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BLACK PANTHER is breaking records all over again with its Oscar nominations and its stars – both on screen and behind the scenes – are coming to terms with the incredible strides the film is continuing to make.
The Ryan Coogler-directed box office hit, the highest-grossing superhero film of all time, is up for a total of seven Oscars and is the first comic book-based film to be nominated in the best picture category.
Winston Duke has revealed that Daniel Kaluuya had expressed his belief that the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences should acknowledge the groundbreaking release way ahead of the nominations being announced.
He wrote on Twitter: “I remember last year Daniel Kaluuya said to me at our premiere, ‘BP for BP my G’ (Black Panther for Best Picture.) This movie was more than I could have ever wished for. We worked so hard to create this project, and it has given us so much. I’m grateful to y’all for not only making Black Panther the huge hit that it was, but for providing us with the communities that raised us and supported is in becoming the artists we are today.”

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, told Deadline: “The only way we ever wanted to do this project was the right way and that meant finding a filmmaker who had something personal to say, who had a vision and could take this character into another arena and showcase the power of representation on a canvas of this size.”
He added: “We’re very, very proud of what this film has done. The movie has made a cultural impact that is just humbling and gratifying to see. And we’re very grateful to the Academy for this recognition.”
Hannah Bleacher, Black Panther’s production designer, has become the first black person to be nominated for a production design Oscar for her work on the film.
“I’m crying one minute then doing a little dance the next second and then crying again thinking of the weightiness of it, as well as the humbleness of it and the joy of it. But you do feel a certain responsibility…it means breaking down walls…for young women of color and boys and girls of colour to see that this is not impossible,” Bleacher told The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to best picture and production design, Black Panther has been nominated in the following categories: costume design, original score, original song, sound editing and sound mixing.

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Black Panther movie nominated for Oscar

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Marvel Studios film “Black Panther” made Oscars history on Tuesday, landing the first best picture nomination for a superhero movie, as crowd-pleasing blockbusters muscled into a contest recently dominated by art-house fare.
Other box-office hits among the eight nominees for the movie industry’s top prize included musical remake “A Star is Born” and rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The inclusion of popular films contrasted with the past few years when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences favored independent dramas with small audiences and snubbed commercial successes such as “Wonder Woman.”
The academy attempted to address the issue in August by proposing a new popular film category. But the idea was quickly scrapped after criticism that it would create a two-tier system of popular and less mainstream films.
Tuesday’s nominations showed popular films had broken into the best picture race. The field reflected “the perfect intersection of art and commerce,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at measurement firm Comscore.
“The academy is clearly honouring blockbuster films this year,” he said, “and is acknowledging their contributions to the art of filmmaking and thus recognising the level of talent involved.”
Having widely seen films in the running could help boost ratings for the Feb. 24 Oscars telecast on Walt Disney Co’s ABC. The audience for last year’s show dropped to an all-time low, and critics said a crop of little-seen nominees likely were a factor.
“Black Panther” was 2018’s top-grossing movie in the United States and Canada, and second-highest worldwide, with $1.3 billion in ticket sales. Released by Disney-owned Marvel, it was the first superhero film to feature a predominantly black cast.
The movie was hailed for bringing African pride and beauty to a big-screen adventure. It received seven nominations in total.
Rivals include 21st Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” about late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, which has rung up $798 million at global box offices. “A Star is Born” from AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros, also a contender, has grossed $409 million.
‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nominees with 10 apiece
The nominees also include Fox’s British period comedy “The Favourite,” which has grossed $43 million, and political satire “Vice” with $39.5 million.
Nominees typically see a boost in tickets sales after the Oscar nominations are announced.
It is unknown how many people have seen another best picture nominee, Netflix Inc’s Spanish-language drama “Roma.” Netflix has not released ticket sales data from theatres or disclosed how many people have watched “Roma” on the streaming service.

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Genevieve Nnaji, Lola Shoneyin, Uzoamaka Aduba, others make AWP Network Power List

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This year, we are introducing Africa’s leading women by recognizing 40 African women with powerful, inspiring and influential voices.

At the AWP Network, we aim to encourage more African women with powerful voices who will continue to create programs and policies that support the development and growth of African women and girls.
Here’s the 2018 AWP Network Power List
. Okwui Okpokwasili (Nigeria): Winner of the 2018 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award.
An artist, performer, choreographer, and writer, Okpokwasili’s multidisciplinary performance pieces draw viewers into the interior lives of women of colour, particularly those of African and African-American women, whose stories have long been overlooked and rendered invisible.
. Uzoamaka Aduba (Nigeria): Award-winning actor and one of only two actors to win an Emmy in both comedy and drama categories for the same role.

. Genevieve Nnaji (Nigeria): Award-winning actor, writer and director whose film, Lionheart, was acquired by Netflix, making it the first original Nigerian movie to be acquired by Netflix. She is also recognized as the first actor to win the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role.
. Simidele Adeagbo (Nigeria): Africa’s first female skeleton athlete. She was the first African woman to compete in skeleton at the 2018 Winter Games. She is also a 2018 Obama Foundation Leader.
. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Nigeria): is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s most beloved indie presses, Cassava Republic.
Bakare-Yusuf was selected the 2018 Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year, the award recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment.
. Margaret Mary-Wilson (Nigeria): Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at UnitedHealthcare Global.
Mary-Wilson is a 2018 ‘Women Worth Watching’ award winner and she received the ‘Mark of Excellence’ award for her work in global health transformation at the 2018 Africa Diaspora Awards.
She proudly supports African LGBTQ, a nonprofit organization established to empower and educate abused and endangered LGBTQ individuals of African descent across the globe.
. Stella Williams (Nigeria): Founder of NiWard, an organization focused on transforming Nigeria’s rural agricultural sector.
NiWard provides a collaborative platform for women farmers, women scientists and women researchers to fight hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Williams is a retired Professor of Agricultural Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun State.

. Fatima Kyari Mohammed (Nigeria): Permanent Observer for the African Union.
Prior to this role, she was a Senior Special Adviser to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, where her work focused on peace and security, regional integration and organizational development.
. Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria): Founder and convener of the Ake Arts and Book Festival – an annual literary, cultural and arts event, which takes place in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The festival provides new and established writers from across the world to promote, develop and celebrate their creativity on the African continent. Shoneyin is also a poet and author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.
. Habiba Ali (Nigeria): A pioneer in the renewable energies field. She is the founder, managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, an innovative company that brings reliable and affordable renewable energy products to those who need it most. Her sustainable energy solutions provide communities with unforeseen economic growth, increased capacity and the potential for greater business development.
. Pamela Adie (Nigeria): Executive Director of Equality Hub, an organization working to advance the rights and elevate the voices of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in Nigeria through visual storytelling. She is also a 2018 Obama Foundation Leader.
. Emma Nyra (Nigeria): Award-winning recording artist and founder of Nyra Nation. Nyra is focused on increasing the pipeline of female artists in Nigeria’s male-dominated music industry. To date, she has collaborated with other female artists to include Cynthia Morgan and Victoria Kimani.
. Tomi Otudeko (Nigeria): Founder of Itanna, an intensive training program for tech-enabled Nigerian startups. Itanna focuses on developing and supporting Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. Otudeko is also Head of Innovation and Sustainability at the Honeywell Group.
. Odunayo Eweniyi (Nigeria): Co-founder of Piggybank.ng, a company that securely makes saving money possible by combining discipline plus
flexibility to enable customers grow and reach their savings target. Eweniyi also founded PushCV.ng.

. Lotanna Igwe Odunze (Nigeria) is an entrepreneur, talented artist and a rape survivor. Odunze was sued by her rapist in Superior Court of the District of Columbia for defamation of character. The case was dismissed with prejudice. Odunze represents a growing number of young women in Nigeria who advocate for civil rights, justice and equality.
. Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido (Nigeria): Engineer, advocate, poet and founder of Whole Woman Network. Kego supports and advocates for the rights of women and girls in Nigeria.
. Honey Ogundeyi (Nigeria): Tech Entrepreneur and founder of Fashpa Online, a global marketplace to discover Fashion, Jewellery and Art from Africa and the Diaspora.
. Mercy Makinde (Nigeria): Founder of the Amazing Amazon Women Empowerment Initiative, an organization fighting for the rights of marginalized groups and working to end domestic violence and sexual abuse in these communities.
. Oluwatoyin Alake (Nigeria): An IFC-Milken Institute Fellow and equities product manager at the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In her role, she is responsible for products traded on the exchange with a focus to improve the depth of the Nigerian Capital Markets through the creation of investment vehicles as well as the facilitation of efficient pricing, transparency and liquidity.
. Weird MC (Nigeria): Social entrepreneur and artist known for her English and Yoruba Lyrics. Weird MC has continuously spoken of how she was discriminated against by her male counterparts in Nigeria’s hip-hop industry. She continues to be a voice for women in Nigeria’s music space.
. Latifat Balogun (Nigeria): Founder of Hatlab Ice Cream, a company specializing in the production and retail of traditional Italian ice cream in Nigeria. HatLab was awarded the International Gold Star for leadership and commitment to quality and the business is expanding beyond its current position in three states with an eye on the international market.
. Francesca Onomarie Uriri (Nigeria): Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Leading Ladies Africa, an organization that supports the career growth and development of African women. She currently serves as the Head of Communications in West Africa for Uber.

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The former US first lady celebrated her 55th birthday yesterday.

THROWBACK: Barack and Michelle Obama (Image: Barack Obama/Instagram)

BARACK OBAMA has shared a sweet and touching message for his wife Michelle to celebrate her birthday.
Michelle, who turned 55 years old yesterday, has captured the world’s heart again with the release of her memoir Becoming, which was released at the end of last year, and her candid and empowering international book tour.
In a social media post shared across his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Obama shared a throwback picture of himself with his arm around Michelle.
He captioned the image: “I knew it way back then and I’m absolutely convinced of it today – you’re one of a kind, Michelle Obama. Happy Birthday!”
Michelle responded to the tweet sharing her appreciation for the birthday messages she received.

She wrote: “Thank you all so much for the birthday love—I love you all right back! Feeling so incredibly thankful for my South Side roots, my soul-affirming partner and daughters, and every unimaginable twist and turn over these 55 years. Can’t wait to see what becomes of the next one!”
The pair marked their 26th wedding anniversary last year.
Aside from her birthday, the former first lady has another reason to celebrate. Her book, Becoming, which has been a global hit, has topped the Amazon best seller list for 47 days, making it the book that’s held the top spot the longest since Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2012.
Becoming has sold more copies than any other book released in the United States last year.
Due to the overwhelming interest in Michelle’s book tour, she has extended it, adding extra dates including an event at the O2 in London this April.

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