Music (That) Matters: Introduction

To commemorate the 2017 World Music Day, Goethe-Institut Nigeria organised a Music Documentary Weekend (June 9 and 10), programming three documentary films about music as an unrelenting force in the face of oppression. As a component to the film programme, the Institut requested articles from renowned journalists and music industry professionals with regard to the… Continue reading>

Mr Raoul K: Between Here and There

Asylum seeker, German carpenter, soccer player – Raoul Konan, born in Côte d’Ivoire, has already had several reincarnations. Residing in the northern parts of Germany, under his alias Mr Raoul K he nowadays produces a unique style of house music, which is as much a hybrid as his personal story. The old lady from Africa… Continue reading>

“Sound is Powerful and Unending…”

Music became my most constant companion when at 6 I found myself often home alone after school. My father had passed away roughly two years earlier, and my two older brothers were living with his mother who felt my mother at 32 needed some space and time to get her life together. I was the… Continue reading>

Music & Message

“One Thing About Music/When It Hits/You Feel No Pain!”- Bob Marley (Jamaica) “Uncle Sam Ain’t No Woman/But He Sure Can Take Your Man!” - Denny Hall (USA) “I Shot The Sherriff/But I Didn’t Shoot The Deputy!” – Bob Marley “F—k tha Police!” – N.W.A (USA) In a concerted effort to sell millions of records and… Continue reading>

The Miracle City: Pentecostal Entrepreneurialism and the Remaking of Lagos

In the extant literature on African cities and urban lifestyle, one component of Lagos’ megacity makeup is noticeably absent.  This often overlooked or under-represented feature is that Lagos is truly a “Miracle City” – a city sited at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a manifest peril of being swallowed up hovering over it… Continue reading>

The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda

Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African worldviews and societies. Among many African peoples, religion is as much a way of dealing with critical issues such as managing illness, addressing the threat of death and what happens after death, as well as creating and maintaining community life. The ‘good life’… Continue reading>

‘It is not easy!’ Managing Paid Domestic Work and Unpaid Care Work in Lagos

“It is not easy – being poor, being a woman and being a mother”, lamented Rita*, a 45-year-old live-in nanny from Cross Rivers State with three children. Rita was explaining the challenges of working and looking after her own children simultaneously. Speaking with Rita, who feels all she does is “work, work, work”, reveals how… Continue reading>