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:
So, Lets Talk About Poe – Wale Oloworekerende
A regular theme that Ladipoe returns to when talking about himself is his place in the larger society. In the true sense of it, he is a product of a rap community. After returning from studying in the United States some years ago, his mother introduced him to Tec of Show Dem Camp and the men who he calls “his brothers” have been instrumental in his career; taking him under their arms and providing mentorship and direction.
“Yellow,” his 7th studio album offers another chance for him to further extend his legacy. It was crafted from hedonism, Brymo tells me. After the 2018 release of his 6th studio album Oso, Brymo pursued reincarnation. He spent the next 16 months gliding through secret parties, where the alcohol rained, controlled substances poured, and life was the merriest he’s ever experienced.
Growing up, I often wondered who amongst the mischievous and vile Nigerian police officers came up with the idea of using a hot pressing iron to torture cell inmates and crime suspects. The best self-explanation I came up with is that, one of these randy men after ironing his uniform or sunday clothes, most likely left it behind plugged and somebody else thought it would be a great idea to plug it in and test it on the flesh of uncooperative suspects.
This time last month, we were probably all going about our lives like normal, before WHO declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The world has become a completely different place and the lockdown has led to swift and unwelcome changes to every aspect of human life as we knew it. While we appreciate that this discomfort is a lot better than everyone dying, we still hate it here.
As with all empires, Nigerian fashion’s ‘Golden Age’ has toppled under the weight of its own corrupt bureaucracy, leaving its wake small democracies of digital fashion consumers who choose and elevate their own leaders. Tosin Ogundadegbe is one of the leaders of this new politically correct, Insta-ready era of Nigerian fashion and his new influence has come hard-won.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.