The best bits from Lagos to London
+ a little in between

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Bilal @ Jazz Cafe

Bilal will be at the Jazz Cafe, on 21st Nov. More info here >>

Forgotten Female Army

Watch Lupita Nyong’o journey across Benin to uncover the remarkable ‘Agoji’ – or as the Europeans labelled them, the ‘Amazons’. These were warrior women, in armies up to 4,000 strong, who fought both African and European powers alike from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey (modern day Benin). 
Interesting fact: The Agoji inspired the Dora Milaje in the movie Black Panther. The documentary aired on Channel 4 yesterday and you can watch it on demand here >>

Toolz' & Gbemi, Podcast

If you tune into ‘The Beat’ Lagos you'll already know the jokes & gist that ensue during Toolz & Gbemi’s handover, after a load of positive feedback, they've decided to test the format as a podcast series titled 'Off Air with Gbemi & Toolz'. (Much like Luvvie & Yvonne Orji's 'Jesus & Jollof' podcast, I'm giving it a chance) watch the podcast here >>

Lagos Biennial Launch

Art heads make sure you hit the Lagos Biennial Launch Party at 9pm on 26th Oct, at Back Yard Lagos, Victoria Island, get the deets here >>

Tottenham Lit Fest

The first ever Tottenham Literature Festival happens from the 1st - 9th of November, at Bernie Grant's Arts Centre. This new festival of words right in the heart of Totty Town (my childhood stomping ground, whoop!), will be packed with readings, performances, talks, debates, films and workshops. The Lit Fest aims to highlight work by Black writers and champion diverse children's literature, details here >>

African WhatsApp Emojis!

Now, when your Aunty/Mum/Grandma sends you that 2gb video on Wussup (AKA WhatsApp) titled 'why you should never drink water whilst standing up', you can actually respond with an emoji she won't tell "Apostle" about.
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So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

Judges 4:9

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