By Oluwatobi Opusunju
MI has unveiled plans to give back to the society. The rapper announced a new platform to provide opportunities for young African creatives.
Dubbed WAHA, an acronym for ‘WE ARE HIP-HOP AFRICA’, the platform is a brainchild of the rap genius.
The platform in collaboration with The British Council, Chocolate City Music and the Lagos Theatre Festival will be hosting what is touted will be the first ever African Hip-hop Festival on the continent in October 2018.
Announcing the platform on his Instagram page, the rapper wrote:
“In 2017 I asked young rappers to Fix up and received the overwhelming response that my generation hadn’t done enough. I ask my government to be better but I have to look inward and ask myself if I have done enough to build structure and give opportunities to those within my sphere of influence. Well I am pleased to announce the WAHA festival happening October 2018 in Lagos!!! This festival is strictly for HIPHOP!!! All rappers, writers, break dancers, poets, producers, artists and DJ’s, this is our time!!! Please follow our pages and let’s get it @wahafest”.
According to the organizers, the WAHA festival will host African and American headlining Hip Hop Acts in concert, Hip Hop seminars, Panel discussions and Master classes over a three-day period in the vibrant city of Lagos.
An excerpt from the platform’s official website reads,
“Our vision is to connect an Art form created thousands of miles away as a message, energy, vibe and music. Over the last ten years we have come to discover that Hip-Hop might be the largest cultural binding force for young people across the continent. Its fashion, lingo, attitude and message have permeated so deeply into young people that Africa has created and flourished its own indigenous Hip-Hop community. It is time to celebrate it. We present to you, the WE ARE HIP-HOP AFRICA festival. An annual festival and platform that will celebrate African Hip Hop, Curate its History, and unite its greatest minds for conversations on its future.”
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