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Wizkid

How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal

He has a staggering seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and will come to the UK to headline festivals this summer.

The first three books Cassava is publishing in the US. Credit: Cassava/Quartz

Nigerian book publisher Cassava Republic is opening shop in the US

For eons, piracy in African book publishing has been something that booksellers lived with and factored in as part of the climate of doing business.

FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua: Fighting for Britain but fueled by Nigeria (by Chibundu Onuzo)

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise, the British press probably won’t report it.

Gabon's national team at the AFCON. Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Quartz

Africa is the biggest beneficiary of FIFA's new 48-team World Cup format (Infographic)

When FIFA voted in January to change the format of soccer’s World Cup starting from 2026, it was unclear how the increase in participating nations, from 32 to 48, would affect slot allocations to the six geographic confederations.

Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. Credit: Ike Ude/qz.com

Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million).

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV. Credit: CNN

Mo Abudu: The Nigerian media mogul building a global empire (Video)

How do you get from a talk show sofa to boardroom chair? If you ask Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, it’s being motivated by an eagerness to dispel ignorance – more specifically about Africa.

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), designed by David Adjaye. Credit: ozy.com

David Adjaye and the New African Architecture

When David Adjaye set out to document African architecture in metropolitan cities across the continent, he did so informally.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Left)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what Americans get wrong about Africa (Video)

Chimamanda Adichie is vocal about many things and African literature ranks highly on that list.

Social media has become the media in Africa

Social media has become the media in Africa

Five years ago, when Social Media Week launched in Lagos, it was the first event of its kind in Africa on that scale. At the time, social media seemed mostly a fun and useful marketing communications platform.

AFCON 2017 - Cameroon beats Egypt to lift African title

2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017): Cameroon beats Egypt to win 5th title

Cameroon produced a stunning comeback to beat Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on Sunday.

Travelers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria

Trump's "Muslim ban" could hurt African visitors beyond banned countries

Over the past 48 hours, much of the coverage of President Trump’s executive order has focused on entry bans to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and rightly so.

In front: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and AU Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (R)

It's time South Africa tuned into Africa's views about its role on the continent

South Africa has variously styled itself as a “bridge” between the North, the global South and Africa as well as a “gateway” into the continent.

Wole Soyinka at home in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Credit: theatlantic.com

A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump's America

“Trump’s wall is already under construction,” Wole Soyinka says. “Walls are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls, not only across the mental landscape of America, but across the global landscape.”

Chibundu Onuzo, the author of Welcome to Lagos. Credit: thenational.ae/Getty Images

How a dream gave Chibundu Onuzo an idea to write her new novel Welcome to Lagos

The fallout from a much-hyped debut is never easy to handle, particularly when the author in question published her first book at 21.

Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Credit: myplaydatacharts.com

We Don Blow! The African Music Wave: Lanre Dabiri, Founder, PlayData

I’m at a traffic light, downtown Atlanta last summer and I notice a car that has also stopped for the light beside me playing really loud music.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder & CEO, Zuvaa. Credit: good.is

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online (Photos)

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business. When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

SafariCity, Arusha, Tanzania

Check out 5 futuristic African cities that will take the tourism industry by storm (Photos)

Africa is seen to take up the tech challenge by investing billions of dollars in the development of tech futuristic cities.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby with her diptych painting Garden, Thriving, 2016. Credit: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

The Nigerian artist who is exploding the myth of the ‘authentic African experience’

Njideka Akunyili Crosby is walking around the Victoria Miro gallery in east London, calmly examining her paintings.

Kemi Adetiba

Nollywood's Must-Watch Director

It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight.

Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sandton: Africa's richest square mile?

Sandton Central, without doubt, has become the most important business and financial node in South Africa, and plausibly sub-Saharan Africa.

Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: FT

Weekend guide to Lagos

The culturally rich city has plenty to offer in the way of art and entertainment.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

How iROKOtv's Founder built a Nollywood empire to rival Netflix

Seven years ago, when Jason Njoku moved back in with his mother into their public housing apartment in Deptford, southeast London, he felt like a failure.

Kenya's Little Cab app is set to take on Uber in Uganda and Nigeria

Safaricom's Little Cab, Kenya's Uber rival, is launching in Nigeria and Uganda

Little Cab, the ride-hailing app backed by telecoms operator Safaricom, is slowly giving Uber a run for its money in Kenya.

She Leads Africa runs networking events in Lagos and Abuja, as well as Accra, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Credit: FT

African start-up helps and inspires young female entrepreneurs

In Zambia, one of their blogs is the undisputed arbiter of style. In South Africa, one of their apps is the gateway to private beaches and pop-up dining.

Food for thought: Cover of ‘Longthroat Memoirs’ by Yemisi Aribisala © Cassava Republic

Publisher's expansion brings Nigerian writers to world stage

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned in 2009 about the danger of hearing a “single story” about a person, country or continent.

Chauffeur driven: Uber in Lagos. Credit: FT

Uber gears up to ease stressful commutes in Nigeria

Car-hailing app Uber has frequently attracted controversy — whether over workers’ rights, management practices and its attitude to regulation.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

Donald Trump, illustrated as a dictator. Credit: The Daily Show/Comedy Central

The US elections (and their aftermath): Covered as African elections are covered in the West

The US of A, a nation located in the center of the North American continent, is shaken by its latest electoral results.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: sothebysrealty.com

Fact of the Day: Johannesburg, South Africa is the #1 tourist destination in Africa for the 4th year in a row

South Africa’s major urban cities remain the most visited in the African continent, attracting millions of tourists, boosting local tourism and injecting billions of dollars into the economy.

Monde Twala, VP of Viacom Africa’s BET, Youth and Music portfolio

Viacom and Turner Targeting Africa's Millennials With Multi-Platform Offerings

With more than half the population of Africa under the age of 18, networks are looking for more ways to target young audiences with cross-platform content, hoping to grow today’s generation of increasingly connected African youths into tomorrow’s brand-loyal consumers.

Is Donald Trump racist? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly thinks so

Is Donald Trump racist? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly thinks so (Video)

Renowned novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shuts down nonsensical argument being made by the American Spectator’s editor in chief American R Emmett Tyrrell.

Linda Ikeji Social

Linda Ikeji Social: Nigeria's super blogger Linda Ikeji launches social network and will share ad revenue with users (Video)

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online media in Nigeria for the last decade.

A visitor takes photographs from the Ou Kaapse Weg as seasonal fog covers the city of Cape Town. Almost 7,000 visas were issued by the South African embassy in the UAE for the first seven months of this year. Credit: thenational.ae/Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years as they seek to take advantage of a fast-expanding middle class and growing business travel.

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa is the owner of Kwesé TV

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's Kwesé TV has signed deal to broadcast ESPN sports content in 19 African countries

Kwesé TV, a sports website owned by Econet Media, has partnered with American cable TV channel ESPN in a deal which will see Kwesé exclusively air hours of licensed content from ESPN including its iconic SportsCenter show across 19 countries in Africa.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Kenyan writer and former political prisoner Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Howard University in Washington in 2006. Credit: Nikki Khan/The Washington Post

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now

The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1.

Setting the record straight. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/James Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime. Credit: punchng.com

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime (Photos)

The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Yemi Alade

The boom in Africa's music industry continues

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s thriving music industry.