Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

British media powerhouse, BBC yesterday launched an online portal that will deliver its expressions in Pidgin English. The new media expression will disperse content through text news, features and podcasts. This is an exciting news for many across Africa and this is why.

Pidgin English, the now popular informal lingua franca of Nigeria has grown into a strong and highly accepted medium of communication across Nigeria into west and central Africa. The language originated from Portuguese speakers who came into West Africa during the colonial era.  Since its birth, Pidgin English has evolved, from being a medium of communication for uneducated, impoverished and lower class communicators who were not literate enough to express themselves in proper English Language to a popular and accepted language. Though still informal, Pidgin English cuts across class, age, tribe, borders and cultures.

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Olamide’s “Wo”: Another win for the streets

Olamide’s “Wo”: Another win for the streets

2017 has indeed been a good year for good music in the Nigerian music industry. With the steady and gradual redefinition of sound in the industry away from the older upbeat, fast tempo tunes to more laid back, chilled tunes. A fresh sound that is being celebrated by many as a breath of fresh air. Alternative sounds like those of the Nonso Amadis, the Odunsi’s, the Teknos, the Runtowns and the Mr Eazis have worked their way into mainstream. Following increasing pressure on the Nigerian music industry by international demands to “go global”, artistes are clearly working on writing better lyrics, reinventing the old “Kpangolo” afropop sound and adapting more international sounds, of trap, R&B and new school Hip Hop.

Generally, the Nigerian music industry this year has proven to be more tolerant for newer and more experimental sounds away from the usual street-hop and club anthems. In this new wave of sound, Olamide who thrived massively in the 2014 – 2016 reign of Street hop sounds has been found struggling since the release of his sixth solo studio album title “The Glory”.

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Marvel Takes on Afro-Science Fiction with an Nnedi Okoroafor Comic Feature

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Normal is boring, we are sure everyone knows this. This why this Nigerian Born American Writer is taking African literature through an uncommon path. Nnedi Okoroafor is not your typical African writer this is why her works are receiving more and more international attention around the most uncommon spaces. Last week on her personal twitter page, the writer and author shared an amazing news of a recent development which she had hinted on her facebook page, she’ll be writing an eight-page comic for Marvel’s forthcoming Venomverse anthology, which is to be released in September 2017.

Venomverse is a follow up to Spider-Verse, Marvel’s popular 2015 comic release. Venomverse is based on Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote from Spiderman, and will include “Venomized” versions of comic book characters like Deadpool and Mary Jane.

Nnedi’s novels and stories reflect both her Nigerian heritage and her American life. Mostly exploring Afro-science fiction, a genre that has hardly been explored by other African Writers. Beyond writing for Kids and young adults, she has also published Afro-science fiction novels for adults.

African literature through the years have remained rigid in storytelling themes. Stories are either about precolonial life, post-colonial life, civil wars, rural life, marriage, urbanization etc. Afro-science fiction before Nnedi Okoroafor’s exploration may be considered as alien. But today, her bravery is earning her more or more international features.

The coming comic, titled Blessing in Disguise, will be set in Lagos; and will tell the story of a young girl named Ngozi (a name that means Blessing in Igbo, Nnedi’s Native tribe in Nigeria). The plot is to show Ngozi in Lagos with other popular Marvel characters: Black Panther, Venom Symbiote, and the Rhino. This new marvel commissioned work is to be illustrated by Tana Ford.

Asides this great feat, the author has also shared other applaud worthy news this year, showing a reward for her hard work and bravery in choosing her themes. Just last month, HBO announced plans to turn her novel - Who Fears Death, into a series with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin signed on as a producer, and she also recently announced that she was one of the 40 writers selected to contribute to the upcoming Star Wars 40th anniversary anthology.

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Our fingers are crossed and we wait with hanged breath. Just like previous works, we are sure this will be nothing short of awesome.

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

One young Nigerian Illustrationist/Cartoonist, Justin Irabor is drawing Organic attention to himself through his weekly comic series on Obaranda. Heavily clothed in Humour and delivered with the most unpredictable satire, in less than one year, Justin has kept a fast growing number of his fans and followers coming back to his Obaranda yard. With characteristic bright pop colours, Justin is telling everyday relatable Nigerian stories in the most amazing way.

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Small Doctor: When Street Goes Global

Small Doctor: When Street Goes Global

Small Doctor today is fast becoming a not just familiar name in the Nigerian Music and Entertainment Circles – But a popular one too; a possibility which seemed rather distant or near impossible before now. The young 21 year old artiste is a living proof showing that success sometime has no laid out formula. Born and raised in the streets, the Agege-bred act is taking sounds and stories into distant lands where they would never be heard before him.

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