S1 Episode 15 – Promoting African Literature

In our last episode of the season, we sat down with the founder of Brittle Paper, Ainehi Edoro, and talked about the origin and evolution of her online literary platform. We also discussed what African Literature means to each of us, the challenges it’s currently facing and our hopes for its growth.


What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
• Igoni Barrett’s Love is Power, Or Something like That
• Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy
• Sarah Manyika’s Like A Mule Bringing Ice-cream To The Sun
• Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist
• 2016 Caine Prize shortlist caineprize.com/2016-shortlist/
• Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone?

Survey: goo.gl/forms/EDmIV0MS2wUKKp4K3

Show was mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye


S1 Episode 14 – Na Craze Dey Worry Am – A Case for Mental Health Advocacy

The Ladies of NYAC are joined by Sara Jean-Philippe (@Sjnphil), a mental health counsellor, as we talk mental health in our communities. We discuss harmful stereotypes, self-harm warning signs, effects of past trauma on mental health, and how we can be better mental health advocates.

• Robin Hammond’s Condemned Series – www.robinhammond.co.uk/condemned-men…es-in-crisis/
• Forming a joint dialogue about mental health – ethnobiomed.biomedcentral.com/articles/1…015-0075-6
• Mental Health Policy Development in Africa – www.who.int/bulletin/archives/78(4)475.pdf
• Mental Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa – www.rand.org/blog/2015/03/menta…ca-challenges.html

Reading/Watching/Listening to
• Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire
• Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes: A Love Story
• Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen
• Siana Bangura’s Elephant
• Siana Bangura’s Elephant book launch highlight reel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdhw28abLs
• Ndani TV’s Youtube Series Skinny Girl in Transit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBYN7uU9mpE
• Ndani TV’s Rumor Has It – www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw4b1yLZOoE
• WanaWana’s Room 313: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB…P5bvES-5hYThAxj7E

S1 Episode 13 – NYSC and the State of Affairs in Nigeria

Hi NYAC listeners,

In this episode, the ladies of NYAC talk about the mandatory National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria, their feelings about the incredulous exchange rate, and that glorious day when Lagos was featured on Snapchat.


What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
• Skinny Girl in Transit (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBYN7uU9mpE)
• Orphan Black
• Barbershop 3

Show was mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye

S1 Episode 12 – African Artists, Western Collaborators, and Lemonade

Although late to the to the #Lemonade dissection game, the Ladies of NYAC discuss a less explored running theme in Beyonce’s last two albums – her collaborations with brilliant African writers; Chimamanda Adichie on self-titled Beyonce and Warsan Shire on Lemonade. Joined by book blogger extraordinaire and longtime listener/supporter Darkowaa (@AwoDeee), we talk about our favorite tracks off the Lemonade album, the pros and cons of being featured in such high profile work, the limited visibility and reach African works of art have in Africa, and what it takes for African artistry to gain a wide following.

Articles about Warsan Shire
African books for Western eyes
Chimamanda’s Sister
How not to talk about African Fiction

Eat Drink Lagos Brunch Club
Brittle Paper – Resource for finding Literature by African writers

What we are reading/listening to/watching:
Drake’s Views
Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo
Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John and the Private Matter
Starz’ Outlander
Netflix’s Grace and Frankie
Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House

Show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye.

S1 Episode 11 – The Journey of a Thousand Carats Begins With?

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC laugh over ridiculous pickup lines they’ve heard, talk about the idiosyncrasies of dating culture in Nigeria & the US, as well as societal pressures on women to get married & shoulder the weight of pleasing their spouses.


What we are watching: Outlander, House of Cards, Jennifer Diaries

Show was mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye.