In 1998, Felabration—an annual musical festival commemorating the life of the late Fela Kuti—was inaugurated by Yeni Kuti, Fela’s eldest daughter. In October 2017, its twentieth iteration was celebrated. Fawning aside, what other valuable gems can be mined from Fela’s life and preoccupations? And what might these gems imply for the future of Felabration?
Mention Nigerian literature and the first names likely to spring to mind are Chinua Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apart”, or the venerable Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
Our #MCM this week is South African musician Cassper Nyovest. He recently filled up the FNB Stadium for a music show, becoming the first South African hip-hop artists to ever receive such a turnout.
The second edition of the Abantu Book Festival took place this past weekend in Soweto, South Africa. These are snapshots from the festival.
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún interviews A. Igoni Barrett on the Graywolf Press Africa Prize and the role of literary prizes
Art X Lagos is one of West Africa’s premier art fairs, exposing a wide range of people to original artworks. But despite its accomplishments, the fair has one fatal flaw: the very Nigerian tendency to prioritise the VIP guests, to the frustration of ‘regular’ attendees, writes Alithnayn Abdulkareem
Located in the heart of Ethiopia is Lalibela, a town where eleven monolithic rock-hewn churches are. These old Temples are not only the biggest in the world but are also a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet much mystery still surrounds their construction.
The 2017 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) honours music greats Zimbabwe’s Dr Oliver Mtukudzi and Mali’s Salif Keita in its 4th edition and numerous other African artists.
Pen International set aside November 15 as the day of the imprisoned writer to create public awareness on the prosecution of writers in general. Each year, it focuses on specific imprisoned writers to highlight their circumstances and encourage the public to take action on behalf of these writers.