The king of Afro-beat, the guru of strategic irreverence and pan Africanism, the master exponent of "Shakara" and the enchanting saxophonic rhythms and synthesizers which waft through his classic song "Lady" has joined his ancestors but his views on everyday, existential matters are relevent today across Africa. Fela, the king of socio-musical commentary is no more; one of the best jazzologists and creators of the most compelling and inimitable ethno-orchestra sessions of the 20th century is dead but his call that Africans get beyond "colonial mentality"and anit-corruption songs "Yellow Fever" are entirely valid.

With more than 30 films, performances, podium discussions, and seminars, this year's theme, will be "Diverse & Together – A Complexion Change". The festival consists primarily of films from Africa, the African Diaspora and other films that deal with the portrayal of various cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The festival offers the opportunity to experience an excellent variety of documentaries and movies in conjunction with an intellectual as well as an artistic program.

Sooner than one realized it, this shadowy elite group that also controls the music and entertainment industry began discouraging positive musical messages, and went off the beaten track to encourage and glamourize slackness, prostitution, murders, stealing and theiving, drug peddling and the like. There has never been a stronger case made for self-hate, cultural destruction and decadence as has been made in the last 10 years thorugh the instrumentality of the sub-genre of rap music known as “gangsta rap”. Gangsta Rap was promoted to sub-urban pale skin children as a sort of fantasy excursion trip to the ghetto drug-land warfares. It was promoted to sugar brown children as the only way out of a criminally imposed state sponsored poverty…in other words, either do the drug peddling, do the thieving, do the shooting and become famous like 2live crew, 50cents, and Snoop Dog.

In this inspiring piece, Joe Keshi describes some of the initiatives that Nigerians in Diaspora are undertaking in Nigeria. I have repeatedly used the remittances to buttress the imperatives of a meaningful partnership for development between the Nigerian state and her Diaspora. This notwithstanding, I was and remain aware of the limitations of the remittances as a strong argument because the bulk of the remittances go to family members and assessing its impact on the economy, have been difficult.

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