For my first episode of 2023, I spoke with Lola Shoneyin, the award-winning British-Nigerian author, poet, and festival organizer. We discussed covered writer’s workshops, setting up a bookstore in Nigeria, evolution of book publishing, the importance of book imprints and more.
For my season finale of 2022, I spoke with Kunle Anikulapo-Kuti, manager of Kalakuta Museum – former home of the legendary musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
We spoke about his background, the infamous Kalakuta Republic raids, the intersection of education, politics, and history in Nigeria, and the importance (or not) of wills.
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Rosalyn Aninyei is a violinist and social entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of Vesta Violins, Nigeria’s first violin repair workshop, and The Vesta Orchestra, an independent Nigerian-based orchestra dedicated to the promotion of music by classical composers of African descent.
She joined me to discuss The Vesta Orchestra, getting fired from the bank of Brazil, music education in Nigeria, Africlassical music, exporting African culture, and setting up an opera house in Lagos.
I spoke with Temitope Salami, one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Nigeria, about music contracts, split sheets issues, copyright battles across Africa’s music industry, and building a legacy through wills and estate planning.
Pause and take a quick second to think about how you generally get to know about an upcoming film. Is it through the trailer or film still?
For a lot of people in Nigeria, their first exposure is most likely usually through the trailer. Film stills generally come second or even third. Why is that?
I spoke to Chukwuka Osakwe, an emerging Photographer, filmmaker and director based in Lagos, Nigeria, to explain the need for more unit photographers in Nollywood movies and why stills are critical to the success of a film.
Israel Obasola is a self-taught animator and illustrator based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is committed to creating digital animated content on various topics and sharing them with a global audience. His skits on TikTok currently have 60.4 million views and 4 million likes.
I spoke to him about African narratives, understanding social media algorithms, and tips for young people on the African continent looking to become animators.