Post military era and the West African nation continues to be plagued by dictatorship disguised as democracy

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A security agent restricting a peaceful demonstrator during #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest in Lagos

Fundamental human rights in Nigeria have always been a façade. Decades ago, when political repression and systematic human rights violations marked the country’s military rule, there was a protracted struggle for the restoration of democracy that eventually happened. Today, the same people and institutions that fought for it are accelerating the tragic destruction of these core moral principles.

Nigeria is a developing country blessed with abundant natural resources and free of natural disasters, yet, it has remained peripheral and buffeted by preventable social and economic unrest. …


Ebele and Tochi, the founders of @nolly.babes speak to me about why they created the archive, its goal and feminism

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If you’re looking for a hit of iconic stills and scenes from vintage Nigerian cinema, hit follow on @nolly.babes — the Instagram account celebrating Nollywood from the early 1990s to late 2000s while invoking a heady sense of nostalgia with every post.

The archive is curated by sisters duo Ebele and Tochi, New York-based Liberal Arts student and political PR professional. “Nollywood has always been a part of our life, whether we were watching it at home or the hair salon while getting our hair braided,” they tell me. …


And I saw it coming yet again.

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Guess who is not surprised about Segalink being a sellout? Me. I saw it coming. Feminist and LGBTQ Nigerian Twitter saw it coming too. During D’banj’s rape scandal, his actions raised eyebrows. Amid the #EndSARS agitation, his ulterior motives made spotlight. Really, how long did he think he could keep up with the sham of wanting the greater good for Nigerians while acting as a self-centred mediator between victims and their oppressors?

Still, one must admit that his latest actions are somewhat surprising. That the man who played a pivotal role in amplifying the call to the end of police…


Aisha Yesufu’s tone-deaf tweets about queerness are the latest instance of ignorance from the activist

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Image Source: Guardian Nigeria

Aisha Yesufu is a socio-political Nigerian activist best known for co-convening the #BringBackOurGirls movement and her involvement in the #EndSARS (anti-police brutality) protests which rocked the country last year. Yesufu is also subject to constant hate by many Northern Nigerians and Muslims especially for her activism and outspokenness against the government, particularly the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

However, in a country, where people hide under religion to shy away from their civic responsibility, Yesufu has managed to become a household name. A household name whose ideologies has become inherently dangerous to a marginalized group such as the LGBTQ community.

Last…


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Photo by Kashope Faje

One of Nigeria’s biggest music festivals of 2019, Livespot X Festival came and went with a bang. I’m talking about the one held on December 7, at the Eko Atlantic Grounds, Victoria Island, Lagos, headlined by Grammy award-winning rapper and social media sensation Cardi B alongside some of Nigeria’s biggest and fast-rising stars.

Hosted by Livespot Nation, the music festival presented an impressive lineup of music acts, from Tiwa Savage to Burna Boy. …


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Courtesy of Michael Tella, from The Nirvana Series

Michael Tella’s output is impressive, to say the least. I stumbled across him around September 2018, where his portfolio of space-inspired digital art was already jam-packed. Since then, the Lagos-based photographer and graphic designer has been tirelessly producing posters daily and uploading them to his Instagram account.

“My father is one of the major influence on my interest in art. As for my inspiration, I get that from life, that’s it, everything I see, hear and feel,” Tella explains over Instagram’s direct message. Starting with a concept or idea, Tella then chooses his surreal digital elements. …


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A still from Black is King

If you’ve seen Beyonce’s new visual album, “Black Is King”, then you’d remember an intriguing blue-painted figure captured with the superstar time and time again, leaving many viewers asking about his significance or offering his sleek African dance moves known as ‘Gbese’ and ‘Legwork’ praises.

That other-worldly figure is Stephen “Papi” Ojo, a self-taught 22-year-old Nigerian-born performer who has quietly played an outsize role in bringing African dance to American stages. And in Black is King, Ojo is the most prominent face beyond that of its headlining star. …


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Photo by Adedamola Odetara

Another runway showcase, another outpouring of beauty looks to get us inspired for the next couple of months.

Arise Fashion Week served some memorable hair and makeup moments this year’s edition. From Turfah to Deola Sagoe, there was no shortage of inspiration. For Autumn/Winter 2019, designers experimented with everything — slicked back, birdcage veils, bold edgy lips, cobalt blue eye shadows, and even traditional markings. Innovation and pushing boundaries in beauty seemed to be at the heart of most major collections.

Here are my main takeaways from the season:

Bold Red Lips


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Courtesy of Waje

On Friday, November 30 2018, award-winning Nigerian songstress, actress and activist, Waje made a significant impression following up her recent candid interview on depression. The soul diva invited few musicians, journalists, and influencers out to Lekki, a bustling city in Lagos metropolis to hear the debut of her sophomore album, Red Velvet.

Hosted by radio/TV personality IK Osiakioduwa and comedic genius Bovi, here’s everything that went down at the private listening party of Waje’s most personal project yet.

BASICALLY, EVERYONE WAS THERE

Think of a contemporary, Afro-soul artist — they were probably at the Civic Centre last night. Yemi Alade…

Pete Adenuga

Writer & Storyteller. Fashion Journo. Twitter/Instagram: @peteadenuga 📧 adenugaomobolaj@gmail.com

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