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Now, on to the real peel...


⏳ Trivia Time

Question: In Nigerian weddings, particularly among the Yoruba people, what is the significant traditional event where the groom's family presents gifts to the bride's family, known as the "introduction ceremony"?

A) Igba Nkwu
B) Nikah
C) Eru Iyawo

Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.

🧭 A Marmalade Guide To...

Image Courtesy of Femme African and Platoon

Femme Africa and Platoon's Music Camp

In a mix of pure talent and empowerment, Platoon and Femme Africa joined forces to pioneer a groundbreaking three-day music camp in West Africa. Commencing on April 10th, this camp not only marked Platoon's inaugural music camp in the region but also served as a platform to spotlight the remarkable female talents driving the Afropop scene forward.

What We're...

📰 Reading: TechSafari's newsletter on 'Made in Africa' and how the world wants what Africa is making—everything from Moroccan rugs to Shea Butter from Ghana.

📺 Watching: Tiwa Savage's Water & Garri on Prime Video. The drama tells story of Aisha, an ambitious fashion designer, as she returns to her native home after 10 years away in the U.S., following a family bereavement.

🎧 Listening to: CULTUR FM's Live Afrobeats Mix by Kwamz Original. CULTUR FM is the trending cultural sensation taking over the internet.

🎟️ Booking: Tommy WÁ Intimate London Show at MAP Studio Cafe. Tommy WÁ is establishing his blend of contemporary African Indie music whilst redefining preconceived notions of what African music sounds like.

Image Courtesy of Tommy WA

👀 Eyeing: Artworks by Ogen Osiegbu. A self-taught artist from Delta State, Nigeria, but lives in the city of Lagos. His art is inspired by the Orogodo River, which is a source of livelihood to the people of Owa Kingdom, (Ogen’s ancestry home), in Delta State.

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C) Eru Iyawo
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