Q & A with Mayembe Malayika on Pan-African Soul

Samyra Manka’a discusses with German singer Mayembe Malayika, highlighting roots, influences and diversity Mayembe Malayika (L) You found out about your Congolese father when you were 25, is that right?  What was that like and has this African side of…

Q & A with Abiola Oni on the London Underground

  Abiola Oni discusses African writing, the tube, and the stereotypes usually associated with Africans in the diaspora with Imade Iyamu. Read Abiola Oni’s story “Strangers On the Train” here.     In your story, ‘Strangers on a train’, you…

Bakwa 02

  Bakwa 02 August 18, 2012   Why is Chimurenga Magazine so popular? Is the book dying a long slow death? What are the challenges faced by the Black fashion industry? Is the West using diaspora writers as Africa’s voice…

Q & A with Ntone Edjabe on Chimurenga, Fela, and Politics

  “By developing editorial projects together and assisting each other in areas such as distribution, we quietly mainstream our own aesthetics and reduce our dependency on the global publishing system” Ntone Edjabe   Interviewed by Dzekashu MacViban     Ntone…

Joyce Ashuntantang: Foreign Publishers Determine the Nature of our Stories

  “As long as foreign publishers remain the mid-wives of our stories, they will keep determining the nature of these stories.” Joyce Ashuntantang   Interviewed by Dibussi Tande   In 2009, Joyce Ashuntantang published a book titled Landscaping Postcoloniality: The…

Ikhide Ikheloa: People Take Me a Lot More Seriously than I am Willing to Take Myself.

  “The West has made stars out of Diaspora writers and made them Africa’s voices. I have a problem with that.” Ikheloa Ikhide     Interviewed by Emmanuel Iduma  I have not always agreed with Ikhide Ikheloa. So when I…

Q & A with Paola-Audrey Ndengue on Fashizblack, Fashion & the Black Diaspora

“Fashizblack Magazine is the result of a rather peculiar editorial policy: we are neither an ‘ethnic’ magazine closed up on itself, nor a magazine dedicated to Western fashion in the traditional sense of the expression.” Paola-Audrey Ndengue   Interviewed by…

AYO : Music Is My Therapy

Interviewed by Belinda Otas   With her earnest lyrics, a haunting and soothing sound and a raspy, seductive and magnetic voice, AYO has won adoring fans across Europe, North America and Africa, for her openness which many can relate to.…

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