9 episodes

NKATA is an Igbo word from the language spoken by the Igbo people of Nigeria. It simply means "Conversation". Thus this podcast series will feature conversations with selected individuals (artists, cultural operators, and creatives) whose work I have known – some over many years and others, a little less so. What sets them apart is that I consider them and their works to be compelling, engaging and relevant to the time. The idea of this podcast is to have in-depth but also accessible conversations about who these individuals are, their life’s journeys and how this translates into their vocation as creative people. Conversations will depart from exploring the background of the artists' personal history while meandering through key themes, positions, and ideologies central to their works. Each episode will feature one conversation with a selected artist. Emeka Okereke (Host).

NKATA: Art and Processes Nkata Podcast Station

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

NKATA is an Igbo word from the language spoken by the Igbo people of Nigeria. It simply means "Conversation". Thus this podcast series will feature conversations with selected individuals (artists, cultural operators, and creatives) whose work I have known – some over many years and others, a little less so. What sets them apart is that I consider them and their works to be compelling, engaging and relevant to the time. The idea of this podcast is to have in-depth but also accessible conversations about who these individuals are, their life’s journeys and how this translates into their vocation as creative people. Conversations will depart from exploring the background of the artists' personal history while meandering through key themes, positions, and ideologies central to their works. Each episode will feature one conversation with a selected artist. Emeka Okereke (Host).

    EP08: "If I write for them, it means I am removing myself from my source". Nkata with Niq Mhlongo

    EP08: "If I write for them, it means I am removing myself from my source". Nkata with Niq Mhlongo

    If you know Niq Mhlongo's work, this podcast conversation will offer a more expansive, informative, yet entertaining frame for better appraisal. As for those encountering him for the first time through this conversation, you will find that he continues in the tradition of many African artists whose encounter with art was underlined by remarkable coincidences which, in hindsight, could only be understood as a calling.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    EP07: "Our subalterns have not sold out; our youngsters have not sold out". Nkata with Shahidul Alam

    EP07: "Our subalterns have not sold out; our youngsters have not sold out". Nkata with Shahidul Alam

    In the 7th Episode of Nkata Podcast: Art & Processes, Emeka Okereke visited Alam in his home in Dhanmondi, Dhaka in Bangladesh – same apartment from which he was arrested. They had an extensive conversation about his life and work starting from his childhood, parents, family, his dedication to social justice in Bangladesh.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    EP06: "My father always told me that only Love is above the law" Nkata with Uche James Iroha

    EP06: "My father always told me that only Love is above the law" Nkata with Uche James Iroha

    This podcast gives an up-close glimpse of Uche James Iroha, a visual artist, thinker and activist who stands, however unobtrusively, at the hinge of history and continues to work for it. It is an ode to one of his catchiest lines: “history is not absent-minded”.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    EP05: "Not only are we ahead of time, we are classic" Nkata with Nontsikelelo Veleko

    EP05: "Not only are we ahead of time, we are classic" Nkata with Nontsikelelo Veleko

    Nontsikelelo Veleko (b. 1977) is a South African photographer most notably recognised for her depiction of black identity, urbanisation and fashion in post-apartheid South Africa. Veleko studied photography at the Market Theatre Photo...

    • 1 hr 33 min
    EP04: "My mother said to me: I have dreamt of you in colours" Nkata with Otobong Nkanga

    EP04: "My mother said to me: I have dreamt of you in colours" Nkata with Otobong Nkanga

    Emeka Okereke in conversation with the visual and performance artist Otobong Nkanga.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    EP03: "No Thank You – I Will Live Up To The Consequences" Nkata with Jihan El-Tahri

    EP03: "No Thank You – I Will Live Up To The Consequences" Nkata with Jihan El-Tahri

    In this podcast, Jihan El-Tahri reflects on events and moments that remarkably shaped her and made her the kind of filmmaker and artist she would eventually become.

    • 2 hrs 15 min

Customer Reviews

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Ju Blu ,

Sweet conversations, incredible person!

I just finished listening to the story of Jihan el Tahri and feel very touched. Her story allows for an insight into worlds of film, journalism, the arts and what it means to navigate these from a critical and self-reflective angle that one rarely gets. Furthermore, this podcast allows one to understand how her work is entangled with personal experiences and thus always relational and in dialogue. Thanks Jihan for being so open and Emeka for letting this conversation flow!

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