Hangout With Heather – What’s Hot in Jozi This Week?

If you love great things to do and see, join Heather as she shares about whats on the go in and around Jozi.

The Liberty @VukaKnowledgeSummit is heading our way in November and headlines international business speakers and masterminds @RussellSimmons @WoleSoyinka and much more – find out more.

Heather is hosting a table at the @PinkTableProject this year – all proceeds go to cancer awareness and prevention. This year the lunch promises to be a highly exciting event, as you not only change tables but actually entire restaurants between each course! Find out more on how you can get involved #PinkTableSwitch series and make a difference.

If you want to be a @CakeBoss like Buddy Valastro on TV – there is a great competition on the go – with a patisserie diploma in the offing – find out more.

There is a brand new bar in Dainfern – called the @BlackTongueBar – it’s cool, it’s funky and kinda hip (but still fun without deafening you) and Heather shares more about this newly opened must pop in watering hole!

If you love hip-hop and street dancing and want to support local talent – the do yourself a favour and go and see @PopLocknRoll This movie is blowing up the circuit at the moment – and Heather shares why!

WIN tickets to the highly anticipated @PinotageandBiltongFestival worth R 440 per set x 2 – and enjoy a fabulous day drinking wine and eating biltong at the beautiful @LeribaHotel in Centurion! #PinoBiltongFest

You can win loads of Heather’s favourite things, as she is still celebrating her 100th podcast – @TranquiniGlobal relaxation drink, @HaagenDazs_SA ice cream vouchers, @FlagstoneWines and dining vouchers worth R 300 each for both @ArbourCafe and @StanleyBeerYard as well as the chance to do a 20 minute @Bodytec workout with Heather in Bryanston, followed by a breakfast with her too. Make sure to find out how to enter.

T: heatherlhook
F: www.facebook.com/heatherlhook
I: heatherlouisehook
W: www.heatherhook.com

 

Not Your African Cliche – Our Origin Story

For this episode, we are sharing an interview we did with Memkoh, who is a Nigerian entrepreneur, personal stylist and friend of the podcast. We discussed the origin story of our podcast, how we met and gave advice on starting a podcast. In this interview, we also shared our favourite episodes and our hopes and plans for the future of NYAC.

Find Memkoh at www.memkoh.com and on IG: @memkoh

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NYAC – An Exploration of Traditional African Religions: Ifá (Part II)

Part 2 of 2. We pick up where we left off last week. On this episode, our guests, Bablawo Ifakunle of Harlem (ifakunle.com) and Oluwo Familusi of Lagos (Twitter @familusiawo; Instagram @familusidamilare), two Priests of the Ifá Yoruba Traditional Religion, give us insight into what being an Ifá priest entails and what informs their morality. They dispel some misconceptions about their religion and teach us about some of the priesthood factions within the Ifá Yoruba Traditional Religion. The Ladies of NYAC discuss how our current religious practices are influenced by our culture, learn more about the proliferation of Ifá Yoruba Traditional Religion in the diaspora and how it’s transformed into religions such as Lucumí, Candomblé and Haitian Vodou. Of course, we ask our guests what they think of the resurgence of African Traditional Religious imagery, specifically Yoruba Traditional Religious imagery in pop culture thanks to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

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Resources:
news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/20…ality-of-africa/
thegrio.com/2011/10/19/african-…g-black-christians/
www.npr.org/2013/08/25/21529834…ds-roots-in-america

Episode was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode and theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

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NYAC – An Exploration of Traditional African Religions: Ifá (Part I)

Part 1 of 2. On this episode, we speak to Babalawo Ifakunle of Harlem and Oluwo Familusi of Lagos, two Priests of the Ifá Yoruba Traditional Religion. We discuss their backgrounds and journeys to priesthood, their thoughts on Nollywood’s portrayal of Traditional Religions, and ask if Ifá Yoruba Traditional Religion is in conflict with Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism). The Ladies of NYAC recount their first interactions with Traditional African Religious practices, examine ways in which our current cultural practices are intertwined with Traditional Religions (listen out for when Yeka and Ify realize that they are from the same ancestral home!), and ask our listeners: what does religion do for you and how does your identity come through, if at all, in the practice of that religion?

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Resources:
news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/20…ality-of-africa/
thegrio.com/2011/10/19/african-…g-black-christians/
www.npr.org/2013/08/25/21529834…ds-roots-in-america

Episode was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode and theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

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Not Your African Cliche – The Joys and Challenges of being an African Creative

On this episode we speak to African creatives who are: propagating an African interior design aesthetic that’s beyond Safari imagery and Animal prints (Nana from @BluePrintAfrica); fitting people with uniquely shaped feet with comfortable, made in Nigeria shoes (Chimsom from @Nsaata); using language to code emotions into something tangible (Ejiro aka @barelyanyhook).

We discuss the unique challenges African Creatives face, from lack of constant power in Nigeria, to poor shipping logistics and inconsistent customs control across the continent, to getting local artisans to keep deadlines.

Did you know that Nigeria is one of the largest exporters of unfinished leather? That Hermès carry on may have been a Nigerian cow in a previous life.

Let us know what you think of the special musical performances at the end 😉
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Resources:
hbr.org/2016/07/why-african-e…reneurship-is-booming
www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2014/02/19…creative-sector
www.graphic.com.gh/entertainment/m…-afrobeats.html
mgafrica.com/article/2015-08-27…y-is-the-new-money

Episode was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode and theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye.

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Not Your African Cliche – These are our Immigrant Stories

On this episode, the ladies of NYAC take on the hot-button topic of immigration. Joined by Satia (who was born & raised in Portugal by parents from Guinea Bissau and now lives in London) & Nnenda (who was born in Nigeria, spent her teen years in Italy & went to England for uni) we all share our stories of migration, qualms with expat vs immigrant labels, our issues with assimilation, and the benefits of both worlds.

Resources:
www.vice.com/en_us/article/the-…neration-immigrant
fusion.net/story/215708/nikita…can-problems-essay/
www.seattleglobalist.com/2013/06/19/f…ukwila/14050
thoughtcatalog.com/helina-daniel/2…ation-american/

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Episode mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze. Theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

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Not Your African Cliche – Elections Last Longer than a Day

The latter part of 2016 was filled with dramatic elections taking place all over the world, some of them happening on our continent. The Ladies of NYAC chat with Jemila Abdulai (@jabdulai) from Ghana and Aisha Dabo (@mashanubian) from The Gambia about the recent elections in their respective countries. We examine the political histories of our countries, discuss the trials our democracies and elections face (low civic engagement, lack of civic education), and ask, what lessons can the rest of Africa learn from recent elections in Ghana and The Gambia?

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Resources
mgafrica.com/article/2016-12-12…-a-dream-in-africa
circumspecte.com/2016/11/ghana-el…mocracy-silence/
africasacountry.com/2016/11/all-you…2016-elections/
qz.com/876761/five-african-2…gola-liberia-and-drc/

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What we are reading/watching/listening to
– The Mail Empire’s Kurukan Fuga Charter (Text)
– Ghanaian Ministerial Appointments on myjoyonline.com/tv
– #WGHSMemories on Twitter
– Gospel Trap Music (Ahaa by Tim Godfrey; Gospel New Orleans Bounce Remix: open.spotify.com/album/0KfLpi39P3TQWr41Wg9NPH )
– Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (Book)

This episode was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music “Ayo” is by Femi Leye

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Not Your African Cliche – The State of Our Healthcare

On this episode, the ladies of NYAC talk with Gbenga Olatunji, healthcare consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)about the healthcare system in Africa. The discussion covers everything from the gaps in the healthcare system to the ideal role of the government in the health sector.

Resources:
www.janssen-emea.com/sites/default/…n%20Africa.pdf

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Reading/Watching/Listening to:
– Atul Gawande’s Complications (Book)
– J.Cole’s High For Hours (Music)
– Kehlani (Music)
– Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You (Book)
– Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction(Book)
– Anderson Paak’s Malibu (Music)
– NBC’s This is Us (TV Show)
– ABC’s The Bachelor (TV Show)
– Amazon Original Series: Good Girls Revolt (TV Show)

Episode mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze. Theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

 

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NYAC – New Year Aspirations

The Ladies of NYAC return with our first episode of 2017. We look back on the year 2016 recounting our highlights and lowlights, and gaze lovingly and optimistically into 2017, discussing our goals and aspirations for the new year. We reveal our keywords for the year (intentional and purposeful), share some of our new year aspirations (not resolutions) and talk about the changes we’ll be making to achieve those aspirations. Expect your usual does of vulnerability, frankness and giggles.

Talked about:
Viola Davis and Tom Hanks’ Variety conversation – variety.com/video/tom-hanks-vio…ors-full-interview/

What we are reading/watching/listening to
– The Keys by DJ Khaled (Book)
– Chewing Gum by Channel 4 (UK); Netflix (US) (Show)
– Skinny Girl in Transit by Ndani TV (Web Series)
– Celia by Netflix (TV Show)
– The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu (Book)

This episode was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode and theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

P.S. We want to say a very big thank you for your continued support of our lil ol’ podcast. We appreciate you!

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NYAC – Exploring Africa Through Travel

On this episode, the ladies of NYAC talk with Jessica, founder of Jet Black, and Rory, founder of TripZapp. They all discuss why travel is important(particularly travel to the African continent & Diaspora), and the rampant misconceptions about travel to & within Africa (by foreigners and Africans). Lastly, the ladies share what African countries they want to visit and why.

Find Jessica at @jnambowa and check out her travel company at globaljetblack.com/services/

Find Rory at @tripzapp and check out her travel company at tripzapp.net/index

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Reading/Watching/Listening to:
– Emeli Sandé’s Long Live the Angels (Music)
– FX’s Atlanta (TV Show)
– Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You (Book)
– Brent Coker’s Going Viral (Book)
– Common’s Black America (Music)
– Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (Book)
– ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder (TV Show)
– Post-US election coverage (Articles)
– Alicia Keys’ Here (Music)

Episode mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze. Theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye

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