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Nigeria’s #hallelujahchallenge and the challenges facing its people
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Arts, Culture and Sport Nigeria’s #hallelujahchallenge and the challenges facing its people

When Nathaniel Bassey started the midnight praise challenge tagged #hallelujahchallenge he might not have expected over 62,000 views. The virtual worshipping challenge “is inspired by the biblical story of Paul and Silas”. The challenge has its supporters but it has also been heavily criticised. Some voices like that of Joy Isi Bewaji have called for more practical steps in changing the country instead of individual testimonies that won’t change the state of the nation.

Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi
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Arts, Culture and Sport Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi

Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.

Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent
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Arts, Culture and Sport Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent was privileged to have Kechi Okwuchi grace its stage. The Nigerian, whose story inspired many, sang beautifully as well. After surviving a plane crash in 2005 that claimed the lives of 60 of her classmates, she stood before the world and sang her heart out. Her story has gone viral, and definitely more people will be rooting for her to win.