By Tola Ositelu Pan-African Jihadists descend on a peaceful village in the Malian capital, disrupting the lives of the hard-working inhabitants. African and Arab residents otherwise live side by side harmoniously, trying to eke out a living from the harsh landscape. The last thing they need are random, petty interdictions
By Tola Ositelu Senegalese illegal immigrant Samba Cissé (Omar Sy) is trying to regularise his stay in France after being picked up by the authorities. He strikes an instant rapport with beleaguered voluntary immigration officer Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who has been assigned his case, alongside her bolshie and far more experienced
By Tola Ositelu 1984, South Africa. Impoverished but promising 18-year old student Thami Mbakwena (Nathan Ives-Moiba) finds a kindred spirit in Isabel Dyson (Rose Reynolds) when she visits his school for a debating competition. For Isabel, crossing the colour-lines to go to an African township is an exhilarating and eye-opening
By Tola Ositelu A collaborative project featuring two of my favourite artists from mainland Europe? Yes, please. Late autumn 2014 saw the release of Dutch super-sextet We’ll Make It Right’s third album ‘House’. The record is spearheaded by Benny Sings and Roos Jonker; purveyors of musical whimsy and two of the Netherlands’ finest.
By Tola Ositelu “‘This business of womanhood is a heavy burden’ she said ‘how could it not be? Aren’t we the ones who bear children? When it is like that…when there are sacrifices to be made, you are the one who has to make them. And these things are not
By Tola Ositelu Somewhere in early 20th Century pre-industrialised West Africa, aspiring theatre director Herbert Ogunde (Tunji Falana) is having a hard time pacifying his two assertive wives: Igbo Chinedu (Rebecca Omogbehin) and Esomo (Stephanie Levi-John) of the Edo people. And pacify he must, because they are his star actresses –