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Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party is a glossier version of AY’s comedies

New Nollywood comedies appear to be divided along class lines. While AY Makun’s 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica have a somewhat average Nigerian character at their centre, there is nothing average about the status of the main characters (and star-studded cast) in Kemi Adetiba’s debut feature film, ‘The Wedding Party’. All three are however less comic cinematic excursions than visual exercises in silly gags.

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16 Wives: Another (Familiar) Jovi Classic

Fans and critics of Cameroonian MC, producer and rapper Jovi have grown accustomed to his idiosyncratic brand of hip-hop, which is a constant fusion of diverse sounds. His recently released third studio album, 16 Wives, is further testament to this. Problem is, this trait makes his albums sound strangely familiar at the macroscopic level, which means he could become increasingly predictable.

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Tanzania: Zanzibar hosts spectacular Sauti za Busara music festival

The island of Zanzibar in Tanzania hosted the 14th edition of the renowned annual Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom), music festival, bringing together an amazing plethora of talent from across the African continent. This year’s festival was certainly quite engaging with acts from various African artists. The festival returned with a bang, and many festival goers said this was the best Sauti za Busara festival witnessed to date. If you missed out on the festival, take a look at some of the highlights in pictures.

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Izu Ojukwu’s ’76 is the best Nollywood picture of 2016

Nollywood has had a preoccupation with the 1960s for some time. In the film October 1, Kunle Afolayan let loose a serial killer in 1960s Nigeria. Biyi Bandele took viewers through the 1967-70 civil war in his adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Now Izu Ojukwu has come in their wake to give an account of 1976, a year that felt very much like the Sixties.

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The Gospel According to Olamide

About half a decade ago, rap music in Nigeria was hijacked when local languages removed it from the stranglehold of English. After the untimely death of Yoruba rapper Da Grin, a major crusader for this intellectual capture, the scepter fell into the unlikely hands of a rapper who had been idling around ID Cabasa’s studio. The rapper was Olamide, who released his debut album, Rapsodi, in 2011. Today, Olamide is the most prolific emcee rapping in Yoruba. He has just released The Glory, his sixth studio album in six years.

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Rwanda: Gatsata an initiative bringing positive change for women

Rwanda is one of the countries in the world with a high representation of women in leadership especially in the legislature. However, despite the inroads made in gender parity, poverty and HIV/Aids stigma has continued to hinder the progression of women in society. Gatsata, a cooperative of women has been working to empower and provide a second chance to vulnerable and marginalized women.