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
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.
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.
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”.
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...
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.
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.