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A Wild Goose Chase Named Orgasm
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A Wild Goose Chase Named Orgasm

This essay is part of OkayAfrica's SA Reframed series, featuring personal writing from some of South Africa's best young writers edited by Verashni Pillay.We rely on Netflix's algorithm to tell us what to watch next. We'd sooner check an app than open our curtains to know what the weather outside is looking like. We want sex, companionship and attention on tap. Thank you Tinder, thank you Grindr, thank you to the perfectly timed and tactfully worded Instagram DM. We are horses who want to be led to the water, and we'd prefer it if you'd spoon it into our mouths once we get there. We don't want to have to search for the things in life that make us feel good. We'd like them right there, beneath our fingertips at all times.We especially don't want to have to wade through our trauma – to...
Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends
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Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

Nigeria's pool of social media comedians is ever increasing, and this is backed by the heavy consumption of online content by Nigerians and the quick rise to stardom of viral internet sensations. Although these internet sensations easily transition into stage comedians and online influencers, more often than not. they fade away as quickly as they rise to prominence. Variety is the only way to remain relevant. The audience has become ever so demanding of new creative ventures and they are fed by the immediacy the internet offers. Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first s...
<div>Interview: Praiz On His Gut Instinct to Release 'To The Moon'</div>
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Interview: Praiz On His Gut Instinct to Release ‘To The Moon’

Like most musicians who have found themselves locked down during the pandemic, Praiz, aka Praise Ugbede Adejo, used the time to make music. His new five-track EP, called To The Moon, is designed to make the enforced chill time at home a lot smoother, whether or not you have someone to share it with. The Nigerian artist, whose silky voice has earned him much, well, praise, since his stint on the inaugural season of Project Fame West Africa, has over the past decade, become one of the country's most endearing artists, performing alongside international stars and sharing his afrobeat-infused brand of R&B. Along the way, he even managed to score a day named after him in Minnesota, before Beyoncé and the late Prince got theirs. Below, Praiz talks to OkayAfrica about making the EP, an...
Un Fotoperiodista Afrocolombiano Documenta La Crisis del Coronavirus en Chocó
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Un Fotoperiodista Afrocolombiano Documenta La Crisis del Coronavirus en Chocó

For the English version of this article head here.Una mujer está sentada en frente de su quiosco lleno de pescado fresco en el mercado, a la orilla del río Atrato. A pesar de su tapabocas, su cara revela desolación y expectativa, emociones muy comunes en estos momentos para los que luchan contra la pandemia del COVID-19 en Quibdó, la capital del Chocó, una región que acoge a muchos afrocolombianos e indígenas.El fotoperiodista Jeison Riascos tomó esta imagen mientras documentaba el brote en su ciudad natal, en el occidente del país. Es periodista independiente de El Espectador, uno de los principales medios del país, y su trabajo ha aparecido en el New York Times, AFP y muchos medios locales. También es uno de los...
Netflix’s ‘8’ Is a Win for South African Horror
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Netflix’s ‘8’ Is a Win for South African Horror

The recurring words spoken in Harold Holscher's new Netflix horror 8 are ''moths'' and ''worms.'' These things are weaved into the film's horror infrastructure, not necessarily as elements to gross out viewers, but as allegories about death and transfiguration. Coming off the back of previous shorts that embrace dark themes, 8 arrives on Netflix as Holscher's full-length feature debut following its film festival run. The South African writer-director goes for high impact, pushing this South African folkloric chiller into the creepiest, darkest places. Whether or not 8 succeeds in doing this is a question that might annoy horror die-hards looking for more inventive scares. Establishing atmosphere and tone right away, the opening frame shows a sickly, pale-faced elderly man lying in bed, he ...
YoungstaCPT Pays Homage to His Family in New Visuals For ‘La Familie’
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YoungstaCPT Pays Homage to His Family in New Visuals For ‘La Familie’

In the visuals for YoungstaCPT's song "La Familie," various members of his family make appearances. Filmed in monochrome, the music video captures the emotions and dynamics one associate with family—love, conflict, care and death.In the song, the lyricist raps about his personal family history and touches on the importance of family in general."This one means the most to me because it includes my actual family members and my grandfather makes his debut in a music video from my award winning album 3T which he helped create," says YoungstaCPT.Among other members of his family who appear in the video are YoungstaCPT's mother and grandmother, who the rapper has rapped extensively about in his vast catalog of albums, mixtapes, EPs and singles. YoungstaCPT's 2019 debut album 3T was narrate...
South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Zindziswa Mandela Has Died
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South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Zindziswa Mandela Has Died

South African Ambassador to Denmark and anti-Apartheid activist, Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela, has passed away according to EWN. The news was confirmed earlier this morning by the Department of International Relations. Ambassador Mandela, age 59, was the daughter of the late anti-Apartheid veterans, Nelson Mandela and Winnie-Madikizela-Mandela. The details around her death have not been confirmed as yet. Tributes have been pouring in for Mandela since the news of her passing emerged recently. Born in 1960, Mandela grew up in Apartheid South Africa and spent the majority of her childhood with her mother and sister, Zenani Mandela, while her father was imprisoned on Robben Island. The two sisters spoke out against the Apartheid government and consistently called for the release of their parent...
<div>Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou</div>
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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She’s the Songbird of Wassoulou

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world. On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically accla...
<div>How a Global Pandemic Has Failed to Stop South Africa's Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Crisis</div>
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How a Global Pandemic Has Failed to Stop South Africa’s Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Crisis

Recently, South African women were outraged by the horrific murder of 28-year-old Tshego Pule. She was found hanging from a tree with stab wounds to her chest after she went missing at the beginning of June. Pule was also reportedly heavily pregnant at the time of her death. And while her perpetrator, 31 year-old Mzikayise Malephane, was charged with pre-meditated murder not long afterwards, this is not the universal experience of South African women when it comes to obtaining justice.There is no other subject, save for governmental corruption and state capture perhaps, that receives as much attention in the media as gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide in South Africa. And despite the alarming statistics which are well above the global average and frighteningly so, there is a glaring ...
Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth
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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right. Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride. The current socio-economic cli...