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In Conversation with Laolu Senbanjo

Brooklyn-based Nigerian-born visual artist, musician and activist Laolu Senbanjo or Laolu NYC as he is also called, blasted into the international art and lifestyle scene like a meteorite in 2016 when his unique art was featured in Beyonce’s highly visual album – Lemonade.  It is almo…

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Painting Her Way into Hearts

Dora Akunyili, Nigeria’s former minister of information and former Director-General of NAFDAC (National Agency For Food And Drug Administration Control, died in 2014 after battling cancer, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and reform, but while the older Akunyili made a name in public service,…

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The Politics of African Hair

When researcher April Martin Chartrand was an undergraduate at San Francisco State, a professor gave her an unusual assignment: He wanted her to write about her hair. “I was running around with braids in my hair and saying there was nothing political about it,” Chartrand remembers. “I was just so…