The death of Zanku, The tattoos of Cruel Santino | The best Nigerian articles of the week


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:

Dear Zimbabwe – We are sorry  – David Hundeyin 

Prior to meeting Nicole (name has been changed), all I knew about Zimbabwe was that it was a country that suffered hyperinflation after chasing out its colonial settler population. After developing a close relationship with someone from there however, it became clear that the story had a lot of moving parts. There was the broken Lancaster House Agreement. There was the attitude of the settler population itself – many of whom were open racists who insisted on calling the country “Rhodesia.” There was the intractable problem of the Chimurenga (war of independence) veterans.

Zanku’s dying breath is problematic – Joey Akan

Zanku is dying, but it isn’t going down without a fight. All of its chief proponents from the ‘street end’ of the industry are trying to do the impossible: make a genre out of a fad. Even though such an effort is admirable, heroic even, ultimately it’s futile. Zanku has neither the range, the melody, nor the malleability to be expanded to birth a music culture. At most, what will remain is the momentary aftertaste of cultural adrenaline.

The new broadband plan and Nigeria’s digital future – Adaobi Oni-Egboma 

Poor access to government services such as drivers license, international passport and electricity is also part of the motivations for the government’s new plan. Not only would it improve service delivery, but it would also help with revenue management and enable transparency.

Kenya has shown the importance of this move that drove an expansion of its tax base following a digital-driven data collection and management system.

Life In Ink: Cruel Santino walks us the story of his tattoos – Tami Makinde

Last month, in a late-night cryptic tweet to his 80k following on Twitter, Cruel Santino nee Santi announced his name change. His announcement, typed as though he was addressing old friends in a group chat read, ‘u guys I had to change my name to Cruel Santino’.

Fu’ad Lawal on journalism, Naira Life and Jollof Road – Wale Oloworekende 

Fu’ad Lawal is definitely one of the brightest minds in the Nigerian media space. From understudying the game at Pulse with Osagie Alonge and then transitioning to Big Cabal, he has worked at some of the best media platforms in the country while focusing on the little nuances that constitute the Nigerian experience. Naturally, he’s a great fit for any discussion on the creation of content and the current state of things. We spoke to him on getting a start in the game and some of the headline pieces/formats he’s worked on.





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