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.

S1 Episode 10 – The F Word

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC Podcast and special guest Sinafik (@sinafikb) from Ethiopia talk Feminism, traditional gender roles, feminist heroes, misogynistic cultural practices and surprisingly feminist ones. Sinafik also shares with us some rad things you may not have known about Ethiopia.

• Nigeria’s Rejected Gender Equality Bill – qz.com/639763/nigerian-lawma…bible-and-sharia-law/
• Ozzy Etomi’s Commentary on bill rejection – medium.com/human-development-p…cc04793d#.cmah49sri
• Chimamanda Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists – www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc
• Why We Smile at Men Who Sexually Harass us – medium.com/mshannabrooks/why-w…eb90ed30#.s320nk3en
• Audre Lorde’s Master’s Tools – collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/u…rs_Tools.pdf
• Her Story Ethiopian Commercial – www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2lkl2W-aAg
• Instagram Account ByeFilipe – www.instagram.com/byefelipe/
• Ill-informed article that we gave the side eye – thenakedconvos.com/i-love-feminini…ender-equality/
• Twitter Hashtags #MasculinitySoFragile and #YouOKSis

S1 Episode 9 – Will Our Children Learn Our Ethnic Languages?

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC and special guests Maame and Mamaa from Ghana talk about their cultures- from how their cultures shaped them to what they wrestled with and what the future looks like for their ethnic languages.


What we are reading/watching/listening to:

• Girl at War by Sara Novic
• Soldier by Falz (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKgZ9b4SBI8)
• War Room
• Ride Along 2
• Diplomacy by Kissinger

NGO Shoutout: Grow With Nigeria www.growwithnigeria.org/

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

S1 Episode 8 – Is There More to Sitting in a Classroom?

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC and special guest Lebo from Lesotho discuss our educational backgrounds and examine the good (boarding school adventures), the bad (crowded classrooms and impatient teachers) and the ugly (corporal punishment).


What we are reading/watching/listening to:

• Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
• Courtney Milan’s Brother Sinister Series
• Generations (South African Soap)
• Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird

OkayAfrica shoutout written by Ifeanyi Awachie: www.okayafrica.com/news/african-po…e-listening-to/

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

S1 Episode 7 – Africa(ns) in the Media/Hollywood

Hey listeners! In this episode, we talk about our favorite African actors, our collective weariness of the portrayal of African characters in the media and the benefits of the increasing presence of African actors in Hollywood.

Our Favorites:
Danai Gurira, Eclipsed and The Walking Dead www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/when-da…he-wrote-her-own-2/
David Oyelowo, Selma, Middle of Nowhere and The Butler
Chiwetelu Ejiofor, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Martian
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle, Beyond The Lights, Concussion and Undercovers

The Book of Negroes, Djimon Hounsou, NYAC S1 Episode 1, Family Guy (www.lindaikejisblog.com/2016/01/accor…ceros-is.html), Blackish (www.imdb.com/title/tt4831834/?ref_=ttep_ep12), Modern Family (www.hulu.com/watch/700524), Sense 8, Concussion, Beasts of No Nation, Luther, Ayanda, 12 Years A Slave, Shuga (vimeo.com/7775923), 24, Waiting to Exhale, Love Jones, Brown Sugar, The Best Man, Love & Basketball.

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
Banky W ft Chidinma, All I Want Is You
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

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

S1 Episode 6 – Black History Month

Happy Black History Month (Black Fist Emoji)! In this episode we explore how Black History is celebrated in different parts of the world; discuss differences between BHM celebrations in the US vs UK; share the things we learnt thanks to BHM; shoutout some of our black heroes: Lewis Howard Latimer, Madam C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Toussaint Louverture; and demand our fucking reparations from white people.

• Excerpt from Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told – hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/11/19/slav…economy-baptist
• BBC’s Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063db18
• PBS’s Black in Latin America – www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/about/

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
• Rihanna’s ANTI Album
• Mat Johnson’s Loving Day
• HBO’s Game of Thrones
• Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

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