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1 day ago
Yams are an excellent source of fibre, high in potassium and manganese, which are important for supporting bone health, growth, metabolism, and heart function. Yam tubers also provide a decent amount of other micronutrients such as copper and vitamin C. Among the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, West Africa, it is obvious that the most cherished…
10 Oct
The concept of marriage, seemingly individualistic in outlook, has more often than not served as a tool to propagate and preserve a people and their culture. After all, the family is the basic unit of society. However, for varying reasons, finding the “right” life partner has proven, in most cases, to be a challenge for…
26 Sep
Cotton is a major cash crop that has considerable social and economic importance to Nigeria and other countries of the world. Among the Yorubas’ (one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria), cotton is hand-processed to make thread which, along with other kinds of fabrics, is used to make Aso-Oke. It is said that cloth…
19 Sep
Every human—regardless of their body—is a spiritual being, making us interconnected to the varying elements of the earth that originally sprung us. It is easy to relegate the role of foods and vegetation to its traditional and most basic function—their consumption and function of quelling hunger and giving nutrients to the body. However, foods are…
6 Sep
Before Africa’s adoption of Western values in the modern era, the practice of burial rites followed traditional African precepts. Africa’s adoption of western values and customs comes through the inculcation of religious practices—Christianity and Islam. Even renowned statements such as “Remember you are dust and to dust shall you return”—often spoken during burial ceremonies—hints at…
23 Aug
It is believed that the Igbo people descended from Eri, a divine figure who according to folklore, was sent from heaven to begin civilization. Eri was the son of Gad and Gad was one of the sons of Jacob from his concubine, as mentioned in the Bible. Folklore has it that Eri lived in Egypt…
25 Jul
Scarification has a deep African history. There were a lot of associated reasons, values and implications to scarification in the olden days. Although it has become drastically unpopular, some people still choose to carry the marks of their ancestors more so without proper knowledge. In Benin republic, West Africa, among the Houeda ethnic people, there…
4 Jul
One thing that has become imperative when amplifying the beauty that is the African culture is that the narrator does well to make the distinction between Africans as a people with a strong sense of aesthetics, and Africans as a form of artwork themselves. This is because a failure to do so would only promote…
28 Jun
Heritages do not die, rather it lives for the present and future. Africa is a continent endowed with a lot of cultural heritages. Heritages are unique and cherished characteristics or features of a society that are passed down through generations via deliberate efforts of preservation. In Africa, cultural heritages are those original or ingenious activities,…
28 Jun
It appears it is time to embrace the ‘menicure' because whether or not we like it, more and more men are beginning to explore the beauty of painting their nails. Long gone are the days of gender stereotypes when beauty concerns were considered a strictly female affair. If there is anything we can all agree…
13 Jun
In many societies, women are seen as weak and vulnerable humans created by God. Despite the fact that women play larger roles in decision making in families and societies, they have been portrayed and regarded as weak from time immemorial till date in our societies. Historically, women have helped in ensuring stability, progress and long-term…
6 Jun
Art is a means to express the imagination; things, places, ideas that are unreal or unknowable, in non-grammatical ways that are not tied to the formality of spoken or written language. Art is subjective. A painting that appears beautiful to one person may be ugly to another. An artwork that inspires awe in one may…
30 May
What is in a name that makes it powerful? It's not just about how it sounds. It is the deliberate formation of such a name that forms the spiritual, socio-cultural, and psychological quintessence of any human, place, race, or anything that has life. The essence of humans and humanity is not complete without the adequate…

Guardian Life

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Meghan Markle's estranged father on Tuesday pleaded with his daughter to let him see his grandchildren. Thomas Markle told ITV's Good Morning Britain programme that "we're at a point where I think both of us, we should grow up, talk, make up for the sake of the children." "This is ridiculous, almost four years, it's…
46 mins ago
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has paid her ex-husband Kanye West $23million for their Hidden Hills estate amid divorce. Kim Kardashian is now the official owner of the luxurious Hidden Hills estate she had purchased with Kanye West. The Kardashian had filed for divorce from Kanye West last year after six years of marriage. However,…
2 hours ago
British girl band Little Mix is set to formally announce the band's split next month after a decade long success.  Sources close to the group told The Sun that the trio Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards are set to announce the band's breakup one year after singer Jesy Nelson confirmed her exit from…
1 day ago
Efe, the winner of Big Brother Naija Season two, has denied claims that he was blacklisted by the show’s organisers, Multichoice Nigeria, after winning the competition. Efe issued the statement after a media personality, Noble Igwe alleged that the former BBN winner fell out of grace with the show organizers because he disrespected a Multichoice…
1 day ago
Streaming giant Netflix estimates the TV series Squid Game to be worth almost $900million (€776m), according to Bloomberg. The nine-part series, which has become very popular since its launch in October, cost only $21.4m (€18.5m) to produce – about $2.4m an episode, Netflix reports in a document. The series follows debt-ridden contestants in their struggle…

Music

3 days ago
When you blend silky vocals, soothing Afro-fusion melodies and stellar sound engineering, the record is likely to sound like ‘Follow You’, the just-released single from Nigeria’s acclaimed guitarist, Ifiok Effianga. On this record, Effianga, who is acclaimed as Fiokee, collaborates with Afro-RnB sensations, Gyakie and Chike, to create a mesmerizing love melody that is all…
3 days ago
During the long weeks of the Trophy Extra Special Band competition, many Nigerians witnessed the sonic mastery that the eclectic boy band dubbed, The BandHitz, dished out...
3 days ago
United Kingdom-based broadcaster and ardent promoter of Afrobeat in the diaspora, Olajide Adesope, has appealed to the United Kingdom government to collaborate with its Nigerian counterpart
4 days ago
For a laid-back, sultry soft-pop/RnB groove, Wisdom is your go-to guy anyday. With his just-released single dubbed, Inside You, the young singer proves his mastery behind the microphone, with the vibrant sensual record. “I just wanted to say it how it is, no sugar-coating, just pure emotion and sexual energy, ‘cause at the end of…
4 days ago
Simi has released a new single titled "Woman," which challenges unfair female stereotypes and highlights the strength of women. The record leans into the defiant ethos of Afrobeat to reclaim the narrative for women and turns Simi’s long-held socio-political beliefs on equality into a sonic thesis for women’s liberation. The new song comes following the…

Film

4 days ago
  Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African…
4 days ago
It’s another weekend to binge-watch some of your favourite movies on Netflix. Need some time to relax after a stressful week? Nothing says comfort better than hot buttered popcorn and a foot soak while watching some of the latest movies in your loungewear. This weekend, create an at-home movie cinema experience without annoying audience members…
13 Oct
Netflix's Squid Game has become the biggest launch in the streaming service's history, with 111 million fans watching the show since its debut on September 17. The South Korean hit series has become quite the pop culture phenomenon upon launch, easily surpassing the 82 million accounts that watched Bridgerton in that show's first 28 days.…
11 Oct
The official trailer for Showmax's first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021 is out. Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures. In the trailer,…
5 Oct
Streaming giant HBO Max has released a teaser trailer for its highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon.” Set 200 years prior to the events of “Game of Thrones,” the pre-quel “House of the Dragon” tells the story of House Targaryen and the Targaryen civil war that became known as the “Dance…