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Three Lions or Super Eagles - which one will you be sporting for the World Cup? Ahead of Russia 2018, our football-mad co-founder Emeka still dreams of pulling on one of these national colours. And in celebrating dual nationality, he looks at footballers of Nigerian heritage who have had the opportunity to make that choice.
While much of the wider world’s attention has been on Nollywood and the big screen, Nigeria’s creatives are turning to smaller screens and snackable drama series in order to capture the attention of a much wider and younger audience. The rise of web series on the continent has led to a wealth of content that is available to all, including us right here in the UK. So, we’ve handpicked some of the best Nigerian webseries for you to watch - from The OC-esque Las Gidi to crime comedy Inspector K.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and athelete, the multi-talented Mike Edwards is a force to be reckoned with. Taking gold at the British Indoor Championships earlier this year, he took time out from his training in the run-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he was set to make history as the first high-jumper to represent Nigeria in over 50 years.
For World Poetry Day, we chatted to acclaimed poet, Inua Ellams. Born in Nigeria, the award-winning poet and performer has recently been appointed as Tower of London's first Poet in Residence. He shares with us how he got into writing, what his hopes are for his new role and just what is the Inua trim.
Practising her baked creations since she was 14, there's not much about baking Benjmina Ebuehi doesn't know. So it's no surprise that she reached the quarter finals of her series of Great British Bake Off. Whether because of our mutual love for food our her infectious smile, we're a big fan of the talented baker over at Chuku's HQ and so it was our pleasure to sit and chat with her.
Biola Alabi is an African media expert with over 25 years of local and global media experience. She is the founder and CEO of Biola Alabi Media, a leading consultancy and production company based in Nigeria. Having watched her Nollywood hit Banana Island Ghost last summer we had the pleasure of speaking to her over the Christmas break and find out more about the person behind the brand.
Noo Saro-Wiwa is "a pioneer in contemporary travel writing" says The Guardian. Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria follows Noo as she voyages from the bustle of Lagos to the beauty of the eastern mountains. Nominated for several writing awards, it's a beautiful exploration of Nigeria and after reading it we knew we had to sat down with the brilliant mind behind it.
As Film Africa arrives in London to celebrate the best contemporary cinema from Africa and its diaspora, this month on the blog we’re talking Nigerian film. So as the weather gets colder, here are five Nollywood films to warm you up with their Nigerian spirit.
On October 1st 1960 Nigeria became an independent country. 57 years later, we're on a mission to share all that we know and love about the country with the rest of the UK. Whilst we’ll eat our fair share of jollof (and then our friend’s share too), we’re about more than just food and so we wanted to share with you some of our favourite facts about Nigeria.