No, Nigeria Is Not the World’s Biggest Champagne Consumer After France

Certainly by 2014, media institutions like Business Today in the US and Mail & Guardian Africa reported that champagne consumption, or sales, in Nigeria was the second largest in the world. City Press then wrote earlier this year “Nigeria is fast becoming the second champagne capital in the world, trailing only France – which actually

People And Power: Botswana President Nominated For African Muzik Award

Botswana President Ian Khama, who has been described as an artist at heart, was nominated for an award at the upcoming 2015 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards StarAfrica reports. Khama was nominated for the Transformational Leadership Award for his support of arts and culture. The AFRIMMA awards are scheduled for Oct. 10 in Dallas, Texas. “Our president has done a lot contributing towards the arts,”

Who taught you to hate your [dark] skin?

Skin-lightening/bleaching is a problem, but it’s only a sign of much deeper inter-related issues: self-hatred, a race-based identity crisis, and the internalisation of Western-created cultural ideas that are inimical to the mental health of black people. At least with hair weaves and fake accents (other manifestations of an identity crisis), no one is in danger

Petition seeks asylum for African Americans from African governments

An online petition by the #WeWantToGoHome campaign is asking African governments to open their borders to African Americans who seek to cross the Atlantic, in a direction opposite to that of their ancestors, and return to the continent as asylum seekers It may sound strange to some who believe that the United States of America

Nigerian author makes longlist for £50k Man Booker Prize

Upcoming Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma has been longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The Fisherman Thirteen authors made the “Man Booker Dozen” for the 2015 edition of the prize. On the list were three debut novelists  – Nigeria’s Chigozie Obioma (The Fisherman), USA’s Bill Clegg (Did you ever have a family)

Meet the Man Bringing Nigerian Textiles to Your Office Wardrobe

If you’re looking for the perfect pick-me-up for a tired office wardrobe, look no further than Post-Imperial, the label that’s using age-old Nigerian techniques to amp up your necktie When Niyi Okuboyejo, founder of the label Post-Imperial, left Nigeria at the age of 14, his mother told him how accepting and kind people were in


American multinational TV network CNN controversially described Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” in its report on President Obama’s expected visit in the weekend. The label drew the ire of Kenyans who used the Twitter hashtag #SomeonetellCNN to condemn the network’s negative labelling of their homeland. By the evening of yesterday over 150 thousand tweets

The 10 countries that imprison the most people

Barack Obama has laid out sweeping reform proposals on the US criminal justice system this week in the hope of reducing the country’s prison population. As part of a week-long focus on the issue, Obama will become the first serving US president to visit a federal prison when he travels to El Reno Correctional Institution

‘Polyglot,’ A New Web Series On Young Creatives Of Color In Berlin

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire that explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin. The show’s first episode, which premiered in April, introduced viewers to Babiche Papaya, a rapper and poet played by Umuhire’s sister, Amanda Mukasonga. Titled “The Bewerbungsgespräch” (“The Interview”), the