Interview with Blaqbonez, The music in ‘Living in Bondage’ 2 | The best Nigerian articles of the week

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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:

Digital Nomads: From Vietnam to Accra and Ireland, this roving salesman has seen the world – Olumuyiwa Olowogboyega

Zane tells me he’s not new to remote work. “Before the pandemic, I could work from anywhere in Nigeria, but I often had meetings with a few re-sellers. I didn’t have any obligations to meet them in person, but I find that physical meetings are more my style.”

Meet Ayopo Abiri, the makeup artist behind the looks in your favourite music videos – Tami Makinde

Cue in twenty-year-old Ayopo Abiri, the talented makeup artist behind the ’90s old Nollywood-style makeup on Lady Donli’s “Corner” and the delectable looks on Zamir and Amaarae’s “Munchies”. She’s a self-taught makeup artist inspired by the likes of Pat McGrath, Alissa Ashley, Celine Bernaerts, and many more, as she crafts detailed looks on her face–the girls just aren’t doing it like she does.

How the music in Living in Bondage: Breaking Free aids the storytelling – Damilola Animashaun

Right from the opening scene, you can already tell that music is an important part of the storytelling, as the film opens up with a little girl singing ominously, which in the end plays a pivotal part in the entire film’s plot. In the next scene, we’re introduced to a jovial Nnamdi hitting the club before the riches, with Olamide’s lively “Wo” playing in the background while he and his friend are trying to catch some rocks.

Blaqbonez is turning the viral potential of social media into chart success – Adedayo Laketu

Blaqbonez fuses hip-hop and afrobeats into a blend where neither is eclipsed by the other. His 2018 single “Mamiwota” opened the door for him and fellow act Oxlade, and was his first viral sensation. This ability to blend styles has earned him a charting presence which has eluded many Nigerian hip-hop artists.

On D’Banj and Nigerian authorities only working for its richest citizens – Tomi Idowu

D’Banj released a statement signed by his lawyers, denying the claims, and announcing he will be suing Seyitan Babatayo, the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Glee Hotel in late 2018, at a time that he indeed stayed at the hotel. For someone who claims to have been wrongfully accused and defamed, fair game, you’ll have your day in court.

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