Afrobeats’ official chart in the UK, Pamela Adie’s ‘Ife,’ Interview with Benjamz

Best Nigerian articles

Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.

Here are the ones that caught our attention.

We spoke to a few people about finding their faith during a pandemic – Tami Makinde 

As someone who is not deeply religious, the last couple of months have been particularly difficult to navigate, especially considering the cocktail of negative emotions that have come with the times. Living with religious Nigerian parents also doesn’t help with the anxiety towards the uncertainty, and if yours are anything like mine, you’re getting constant reminders that there are evil forces at work who are responsible for the calamitous year we’re having.

Benjamz – the Grammy-nominated producer you need to know – Nnamdi Okirike

Just 27-years-old, Benjamz is now a Grammy-nominated producer for his production on the title track of global Afrobeats star Burna Boy’s critically acclaimed 2019 album African Giant, as well as the song “Gum Body” featuring British singer and songwriter Jorja Smith. Now Benjamz has gone from a regular participant in the usual Lagos music hustle, to his productions being a key part of Afrobeats’ international crossover appeal. These are no small feats, and he couldn’t be more excit

Ife, a film about two women in love faces uphill battle in a country where homophobia runs rampant – Aisha Salaudeen

Two women lay in bed in a tight embrace, one is stroking the other’s hair and whispers that she is in love with her.

These intimate scenes wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood movie, but in Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, they are near taboo.

Afrobeats — not to be confused with Afrobeat, the genre pioneered by the late Fela Kuti — has struck a chord with youth in West Africa and beyond the continent.

Adire: Keeper of Yoruba culture – Native 

Adire translates to “tie and dyed” in my parent’s native tongue of Yoruba. It is fabric designed with resist-dye patterns and primarily indigo dye, though green, brown, and red stains are also used to create varied hues. While adire is mainly used for clothing purposes, it’s not just fabric or a fashion statement – it’s an art form. Within its intricate designs, adire carries the richness of the Yoruba culture.

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