Note: This morning saw the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics. I read the citation from the Swedes and it elicited this rant on Facebook, which I now share here.

Back when we had no idea we were playing a game that would lead us directly to the current…


There are those for whom the R. Kelly trial and verdict do not present any sort of dilemma. As a big fan of the man’s records from the early 1990s to his Chocolate Factory album, I am not one of those persons.

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I admit that reading that he had been…


These days, the biggest musicians do not need political money; 100 million streams across the foreign streaming platforms is enough income. There is also the side gig of performances at corporate events or at personal parties. These guys would hardly record a song endorsing a candidate.

But that’s just the…


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I did the rather easy math hours ago and realised I had jumped into a bus to attend Toni Kan’s birthday celebration a decade ago. Man, see me see old age.

I had first met the man in the pages of Hints magazine, which is now one of those things…


Burna Boy clutches his Grammy award…as seen on Instagram

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The Beginning

It seems about right to say that Burna Boy has written his name permanently in Nigeria’s history books. As Seun Kuti told us days back, Burna is one of only 4 Nigerians that have gotten the Grammy nod for their own work. …


It has to have been in 1998 or 1999 I forged a relationship with a classmate based on the music of DMX. Two kids in a secondary school rapping lines from It’s Dark and Hell is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of my Blood. I have no idea…


In La Femme Anjola, the director Mildred Okwo inserts Nigerian elements into the noir genre — or maybe it’s the other way round: she inserts noir elements into a Nigerian story? No matter. What is clear is that the film is a cocktail of Nigeria and noir. What’s even better…


Around 2am today, festival director Tabitha Jackson and other members of the Sundance Film Festival, the biggest independent film festival in the United States, kicked off the awards ceremony for 2021. The comedian Patton Oswalt was on hosting duties.

Since the coronavirus had upended everything normal about festivals, instead of…


This time last year, I was in the US. In Utah, to be precise, to which I had been invited by the Sundance Film Festival.

It was cold, cold, cold and as with all film festivals, it took some time to understand just how the mix of programmes work. I…


Sex, love, fun: What else is youth for? The new EP from teenage newcomer Ayra Starr covers all these topics.

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Mostly, she is revelling in it or suffering from it, in the opening track ‘Away’. …

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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