ARISE Fashion Week: Lagos fashion on world stage


This Easter, ARISE Fashion Week was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria. AFW was first hosted 11 years ago to bring designs from Nigeria and other African nations to the global stage. Since then, ARISE (an acronym for Africa Rising) has helped African designers gain global prominence, and made Nigeria a global fashion destination. After a five year hiatus, ARISE has returned.

A united Black Britain forced Windrush rethink


When Black activists, Black politicians and the broader Black community comes together to speak with one voice, no one, repeat, no one can ignore us.

The crescendo of voices, some overtly, some behind the scenes, has forced the hand of Prime Minister Theresa May to override her Ministers and demand an end to the continuing injustice to those of the Windrush generation over punitive immigration policy.

Mayor or may not, Policy is what matters


My name is Chidi Oti Obihara. On instagram I am @green_chidi. And my story of being nominated first to run for MP, then for Mayor in the London borough of Newham is an exciting one ... How does the privately educated son of a one time refugee... and a former banker become a green party activist? ... well by embracing what makes him different.

Location location location: Anyone with south eastern Nigerian roots will know the damage fossil fuel industries can do. And that awareness follows you everywhere.

Puma Party Promotes Council Estate Drug Dealing


It is not unusual for sportswear companies to associate their products with urban youth, shamelessly exploiting ‘street’ culture for monetary gain. This week fashion giant Puma overstepped a clear boundary hosting a ‘House of Hustle’ party in one of London’s most affluent neighbourhoods.

Winnie Mandela bore the scars of battle


This week, Winnie Madikizela Mandela will be laid to rest and honored at a state funeral in South Africa. To many, she was loved as the “mother of the nation” even in her final days.

When the roll is called of freedom fighters who changed the world and made it better, the name Winnie Mandela will rank near the top of the list.

She was the fourth of eight children born to two teachers in what is now Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Her Xhosa name was Nomzamo (She who tries).

A radical vision for a new Africa: Dr K Andrew’s masterpiece


Every now and again there is a piece of inspired work that could have a profound effect way beyond its targeted audience.

Prof Kehinde Andrew’s work for the BBC, a three minute animated film entitled ‘A radical vision for Africa’ could be such a piece of work.

Long live the memory of Bernie Grant


I remember to this day where I was when the news came through that the iconic Black British Civil Rights leader, Bernie Grant had died. It was Saturday 8th April 2000. I and the OBV team were around Lewisham High Street on a voter registration drive before the forth-coming local elections in May. In many ways we were part of the succession planning that Bernie had inspired to follow in his activist footsteps.

Winnie Mandela: RIP Warrior Queen


Reflecting on the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


April 4th marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Although taken from this world far too soon, King left us with an important legacy that continues to inform the work we do here at Operation Black Vote. It is in his memory and honour that each member of the OBV staff has written a short personal reflection about what Martin Luther King Jr. means to them.

Simon Woolley:

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