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:
Life In Quarantine: Prettyboy D-O is making magic in LA – Tami Makinde
Prettyboy D-O is one of such artists who are affected by the ongoing social distancing requirements and he’s not very happy about how it’s affected his connection to his fans. D-O has been teasing a new project ‘Wildfire’ for a while now, and he went to Los Angeles, California to solidify a distribution deal to aid the reach of his music. Fortunately and unfortunately, he got stuck out there.
Dissecting the role song lyrics play in misogyny – Dennis Ade Peter
As a product of a casually sexist and misogynist society, Nigerian music can be very sexist, misogynistic and casually harmful towards women. There’s a really long line of examples, but in the thick of these ongoing conversations, an easy one to exhume is Kizz Daniel’s 2017 smash hit, “Yeba”.
What happens when Nigeria’s vibrant lit scene goes online? – Bolu Akindele
Upending the age-long tradition of live events, however, is not a death sentence to the advancement of literary causes. The migration to online platforms provides people who are unable to access these spaces either due to the cost or distance with a rare opportunity. More people can now engage in literature from the comfort of their homes.
Why is June 12 important to Nigerian Democracy? – Olumayowa Idowu
June 12 is significant in the story of Nigeria’s democracy as it marked the day of the presidential election between the Social Democratic Party’s Abiola and the National Republican Convention’s Bashir Tofa. The election would have signaled a return to democracy after the military’s curtailing of President Shagari’s reign in 1983 by one Major General Buhari. Buhari was in turn dethroned by Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in 1985.
For season four – Shiona Turini definitely took things up a notch, coming off the heels of the critically acclaimed Queen and Slim – which also got her a nomination from the Costume Designer’s Guild. Arguably most of all with Yvonne Orji’s character Molly Carter – this season we really see an evolution in Molly’s style, reflecting her growth in her career and *cough* her coins!