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The African experience is a global struggle, we do not feel at ease outside the continent, and our only place on earth that we call home is overexploited, our lives threatened, making our existence a daily survival for us all.

Neocolonialism, bad governance, corrupted leaders, we had it all and today we want to say that we deserve better as a group. Africa has been lively these past days, from people creating hashtags and invading streets to fight against police brutality, rape, child trafficking, feminicide and more.

 

MOYO AFRIKA : This article aim is to allow us, African, to own our narratives, and stop wanting western Medias to portray our problem through their lenses with the negative perspectives that it comes with. Now we will talk together about what’s happening right now in every African countries fighting for changes till this day together, so that we can understand each other and be at the same level of information. Every country is represented by one of its citizen, to highlight whats happening with their experience and they have responded to 7 questions that will structure this conversation. Lets start now, what is happening right now among our folks?

 

1) What’s happening in your country right now ? 

Namibia : Namibia is experiencing a wage of cross-country protests calling for a State of Emergency to be declared for Sexual-Gender Based Violence in the country. The movement is youth led & is primarily powered & represented by young, mostly black women all around the country. The protests were sparked by the murder of Shannon Wasserfall; a young Namibian women from Walvis Bay that was killed by a friend & buried in a shallow grave. Her remains were discovered months after there was uproar on social media for Shannon to be found, with young women mobilizing to get the authorities and the community to get Shannons whereabouts.

Nigeria : Nigeria has been experiencing a very high level of police brutality from the Nigerian police force especially the SARS department. People have taken to the street to protest for the government to put and end to it but after 11 days of peaceful protest it was hijacked by hoodlums and that followed a massacre of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian army where over 15 people were killed. The weakest link (the impoverished are now out looting and destroying properties. )

Ps. This is not related to the Peaceful Protests across the country. But like the xenophobic time when Nigerians got word that their fellow countrymen were getting killed, these weakest links, used it as an opportunity to loot major stores and create chaos. They are the same ones the government uses to steal ballot boxes during elections.

Liberia : Rape have increased 50% during the pandemic. About 600 cases was reported between January to June in Liberia. President George Weah declared a state of national Emergency.

Zambia :  For the past 5 years we’ve been dealing with a rise of police brutality , opposition political victimization at hand of our president , and corrupt leaders that have put us in debt of of $10bn.

South Africa : A lot, every single day we hear reports about a missing girl child or a woman. There’s a rapidly growing human trafficking syndicate in South Africa right now. If it’s not missing reports it’s rape and/or murder. There is a 6-year old girl named Amahle Thabethe that has been missing for nearly two years now with no trace. A day doesn’t go by without me thinking about her.

Cameroon : A conflict between the government and the english-speaking minority of NW AND SW Cameroon, known as the anglophones, has left over 4,000 dead and 900,000 people displaced. Villages have been burned down, schools have been attacked, people have been assaulted and kidnapped and men, women and children have been killed. Roughly 855,000 children are out of school and 1 in 3 people are in need of aid.
The Anglophone crisis in the #1 most neglected displacement crisis in the world according to the norwegian refugee council and Genocide Watch has declared Cameroon to be in stage 8 and 9 out of the 10 stages of Genocide. Stages 8 and 9 are Persecution and Extermination.

Ethiopia : In Ethiopia, the Oromo people are being raped, murdered, tortured, and thrown into prisons. The schools that were once shut down due to COVID 19 were opened up to become makeshift prisons that house people that oppose the government, and they are at high risk of contracting COVID 19 because they are in close proximity of each other. All this has occurred under Abiy Ahmed, who is no longer officially a prime minister as of October 5th. He jailed all of his opposition and has recently charged highly influential opposition leaders with false claims of terrorism. His military has no qualms about raping young children and women. Abiy Ahmed and his administration needs to be held accountable. He is a dictator.

Uganda : Police are killing and maiming people in Uganda for speaking out against corruption. Museveni is running again and if he wins this will be his 4th DECADE in office. Started during the COVID lockdown, they were violently enforcing curfews and hurting people unnecessarily

Cote d’Ivoire : The country is aiming to its elections after 10 years passed with the current president. After saying himself that he wasn’t going to be the next president, he decided after the death of one of his party member that unfortunatly died and was the one that was going to run for president, he will replace him. Now after days of contestations, bus destroyed, he still is running for president. The opposition maintain that « there won’t be elections in Côte d’Ivoire » and those events reminds us a lot of the crisis that happened ten years ago .

 

2) How are you feeling, watching this heated situation in your country ? 

Nigeria :  I feel weak, defeated, depressed and angry to watch all this happening in Nigeria. After watching the vague and emotionless speech of the president , almost everyone felt defeated. Like our requests fell on deaf ears. And people died for nothing, but we are encouraged by our fellow men who are still carrying out the peaceful protests in other parts of the state where there’s no curfew/ or other countries.

Namibia : We are emboldened by the fact no one else besides young people in the country being interested in actualizing substantive change, leaving us little room but to do it ourselves. Maybe of the young people had never done activism work before, so many were traumatised and are experience mild PTSD, but there is some psycho-social support offered to the protestors to help deal with the after effects. For me personally I am proud of all the civic engagement that is being re-imagined and re-introduced into our shared experience as Namibians.

Liberia : I’m really heartbroken and upset. Upset that our young girls are going through things like that. Also upset that I’m not back home to help as much as I want to. The only thing I can do is share awareness as to what is happening back home!

Zambia : Heart broken , in the last 2 weeks I have witnessed my father Chishimba Kambwili an opposition party leader , NDC president be wrongly convinced , and this morning witnessed my mother and my sister brutally handled by the police and on prisoned. Multiples videos have been shared all over social media , also a video of a NDC sympathizer also being brutally handled by Zambian police. To see anyone go through what we see on our phones , especially your family is the hardest thing to be previewed to. It’s so saddening.

South Africa : I don’t think there are any words that would best describe the exhaustion, fear and anger I have been feeling since September 2019. I sometimes feel like there’s no point in fighting when it’s quite evident that there might not be any changes, but we need to continue to get up and fight for our rights.

Cameroon : As a Cameroonian who was born in the united states, I feel angry because the future of Cameroon is being stripped away from us. If things were diffrent and I was born there I would not be able to have oppurtuntes I have today. Of course America is far from perfect but what is happening to the youths in Cameroon is unacceptable. The goverment soilders are mainly youhts, the amba boys are youths, people affected by violence the most are youths. The future of the world lies in africa and its so fustrating seeing all these leaders like paul biya in african countries throw the future away in exchange for more power

Ethiopia : I feel helpless because all I could do is raise awareness to the situation while having people here trying to dismiss what’s going on in Ethiopia.

Uganda : I’m feeling sad. I first heard of the SARS situation which is pretty similar and I thought it was horrible. To know similar things are happening in my own country is disheartening and heartbreaking

Cote d’Ivoire : I feel helpless, and disappointed, it seems like we’re moving backwards everytime, and every elections in this country rhymes with negativity like xenophobia and fear of a crisis

3) Is it the right time to say Africa needs better leaders and public services?

Nigeria : Yes, it’s safe to say that now is the right time Africa needs a better leader and public service because a lot of youths are now more woke and educated and we want and seek a better life like what our counterparts in other continent have in their. We need accountable leaders. No one should hold so much power at the top. It needs to be decentralized.

Namibia : Yes it can be said that. Young people in Africa have a different more interesting and nuanced idea of what it means to be african and live on the continent. we want to see our dreams actualized and our lives dignified. being passive and complicit in the plunder and pillage of our inheritance is not going to bring us the equality, justice and dignity for all that we require. I think more and more african youth are realizing that we cannot wait for elections to institute change, we must call for it all the time, everyday, with every breath we draw.

Liberia : Yes this has going on for awhile I think we need to evaluate and get rid of all those corrupt politicians and the only to be able is if we as the starts taking position in the government.

Zambia : Most definitely , we’re tired or our leaders turning a blind eye to civilians being killed and beaten. We’re tired of our leaders stealing from us and leaving our countries in debt. We’re tired of our leader aimlessly practicing dictatorship. Because that’s what it is. We’ve suffered enough , we’ve prayed , we’ve cried. When will enough be enough. Our public services are meant to protect us , not beat us and kill us. Wrongfully arrest us on false pretenses.

South Africa :  The time to say this has long passed. It should have happened years ago. Many people living in almost all parts of Africa have been enduring pain and suffering from the hands of their leaders for years now. The imperialism has been going on for way to long and it should be stopped.

Cameroon : YES the time has never been better. The fact that this is a common trope amongst countless African countries makes some people believe that africans are corrupt. but really the common denominator is colonialism. “Independence” was a cover up and most leaders are puppets to france and britain. Independence was built for resources to be taken from these countries for as long as possible. Take a look at china which was a developing nation in the 1960s, they had the ability to trade, and run their own government with minimal outside meddling. now they are a “super power”. while the chineese government is highly controversial, my point is colonianlism never helped africans and it actually hindered our growth. eventually we would have formed into nations with our own names made with our own borders and started nations without having to give away our natural resources to europe,
when a leader speaks out against europe, they are painted as the bad guy and forced out of office. Look at Lumumba from DRC and what they did to him. They replaced him with a leader that they could control.

Ethiopia : 100% there needs to be real democracy !

Uganda : I think it’s obvious we need new leadership. It’s not right that some of our leaders have been in power for decades. Corruption runs so rampant and people can’t even speak out about it without fear of being killed or hurt. That’s disgusting and what’s the point of an election if it’s going to be rigged or Tampered with?

Cote d’Ivoire : It’s always the right time to call out our leaders on their lack of humanity and consideration for their own people. We deserve a better treatment and they need to treat us as they said when they wanted our voice to be elected.

4) Who created those movements ?

Nigeria :No one created the #EndSARS Movement. We all had just gotten to breaking point and decided to do something about it. Although, a man called ‘segalinks’ likes to take credit for starting it some years back, as he used to be the one Young people call when they have been unlawfully arrested and about to be extorted. 

Namibia : The #ShutItAllDownNamibia movement has no leaders and is lead by the people, in this case the youth of Namibia.

Liberia : The movement started with protesting from back home in Liberia and other Liberians in the US

Zambia :  A Few or us Zambians in Twitter , it was created after a video circulated of my mother and my sister being brutally handled.

South Africa : Like most movements, it was created on social media most likely Twitter.

Cameroon : The Anglophone crisis Movement in Cameroon has evolved at the end of 2016 after the government arrested anglophone leaders, blocked the internet for 3 months and deadly measures during a curfew.

Ethiopia : The #OromoProtests movement was started by the Oromo youth in Ethiopia.

Uganda : I’m not quite sure, but seems Stella Nyanzi started the movement when COVID started bc the government wasn’t giving out food or other assistance. She was arrested for “inciting violence”. I’m not sure if these protests are a combination of frustration with COVID and political unrest or they’re two different things

Cote d’Ivoire : We all create and spread our messages on social media but is it going somewhere ? Are people hearing it? Nobody seems to care.

5) What has to change ?

Nigeria : Everything. As at today, the SARS men are still out and back to their usual way despite the IG of police announcing their disbandment which he has done not less than 3 times in past years. The police clearly needs to be reformed. Our security status is currently on zero. Instead of security, we get extortions and being framed for crimes. to be very candid, nothing has changed, even though the government has disband the SARS unit and has created another one called SWAT they recruited the same members of the SARS unit .. so it’s clear that NOTHING has changed.

Namibia : The violent attitudes and dispensations that Namibian men display towards their fellow women and girl children. We are calling for there to be nation wide condemnation of the sexual violence against women and children and want the government to invest money, time and effort into re-educating the entire nation on the matter of SGBV.

Liberia : Nothing have changed except the National emergency that The President called for.

Zambia : Everything has to change , the current public service training needs to be completely abolished , leaders need to be held accountable for corruption. Judges , ministers even current presidents all need to be investigated

South Africa : Everything, but it should start with our leaders. They know, they are very much aware of what is happening in their countries, but they choose to turn a blind eye on what’s happening. If they were taking time to listen or just do what’s right cause they know what they need to do most of the issues we are facing in Africa would be non-existence. We are just asking for basic human rights and not to be killed.

Cameroon : We need the violence to end first and foremost before any real change is made. This crisis has crippled the economy of NW and SW impacted students, children, business owners, peoples well being, security and more. After the violence is ended there needs to be a serious talk about restructuring how the govermnet works so no matter who is in office abuses of power can never happen again. We also need to hold government, military and armed seperatists who are responsible for crimes against humanity responsible. Lastly we need to give the voice back to the people of SW and NW cameroon and let them decide whether or not they want to ceceed to become a federation or remian with la republique.

Ethiopia : Fair elections, the release of all political prisoners, the rapes and killing of Oromo people, justice for Oromo people amongst many other

Uganda : People need to be able to speak their mind and air their grievances to their government. Otherwise what’s the point of having one? People should not be criminalized for who they lobe or what they wear or who they support.

Cote d’Ivoire : I will be honest, we need another system that will fit us and protect enough our people from situations like this.

6) What are you doing right now to ensure your voices are heard?

Nigeria : I’ll keep sharing right information on my social platforms. We currently have a curfew so no going out. Also our new strategy is trying to see how to reach out to the “impoverished and tools for the government’s dirty work for us to re-educate them that they deserve better. A video I posted on my page is to the so called “thugs” from someone who speaks the language they speak.  I try as much as possible to campaign and promote the movement online with the hastag #endsars
I also try to educate the illiterates amongst my community about what the protest is mostly all about
I have donated to the cause financial
I have also provided free food at the protest grounds

Namibia : The activists in the last few days have had consultations with the President and the Minister of Gender to map a way forward. Just today the activist met with the Police Chief, staff from the Correctional Services, the City Police and other instruments of the state that can help shape a friendlier policing culture that willactually protest women and children in the country. Great strides are being made and we are in consultations with the government on most of our demands, the information is shared with the greater movement and the work that we need to do to help change the entire nature of the situation, we are ready to do.

Liberia : I’m posting on my social media and spreading awareness so that people take it serious. I’m making petitions to help out.

South Africa : There’s an online publication that I founded, Culture Club, that is run by myself and a group of friends. Activism is one of our subject matters, I try to write as much as I possibly can about the gender-based violence, police brutality and everything else to raise awareness.

Cameroon : We are creating as much content as possible so people understand the essence of what is going on and what a solution looks like. We want to eliminate misconception about what is going on and remained an unbiased voice for revolution. We are encourging the cameroonian diaspora to get involved and support cameroonians on the ground the best they can

Ethiopia : Constant protesting, emailing representatives to get America to stop funding the Ethiopian government, phone banking, releasing infographics.

Uganda : I’m using social media to spread the word about what is going on
situations like this.

Cote d’Ivoire : Right now we are sharing information and spread the awareness across the globe.

7) What words can you say to each other ? 

Nigeria : The entire continent is bleeding from bad governance and sheer wickedness. I hope our voices don’t fizzle out before change comes. People should be educated more on the harm the cause rape victims, and the government should also put very high penalty for rape perpetrator if found guilty
There should be more awareness program for rape victims to speak up rather than stay silent

Namibia : That we really seriously need to reflect on the psychological, spiritual, generational and physical cost of living at grave-sites and murder scenes. Africa is a place where a lot of dignity has been stolen by colonialism, apartheid and the systemic abuse and disenfranshisement of our people. Once we enter this reflection honestly we are amble to find the voice to say “never again” and mean it. The blood line of the country lies in our bodies, so if the change starts from within, it can flow through the rest of the nation state, changing the status quo from the inside out. This reflection of what it means to have dignity justice and equity for all is really what will set us free once we have understood the humanity of each and every african roaming this beautiful and magnificent globe.

Liberia : I am at loss of words. I can only say to my fellow that they should keep spreading awareness you don’t have to be from a country to help spread awareness on what’s going on. And I hope that everyone is taking care of third mental health and it’s okay to take a break from social media . Get your thoughts together and come back stronger. It’s very saddened and it’s just pure wickedness what they’re doing in those other countries

South Africa : We are all in this together, we are all fighting the same battles and we should carry on fighting hopefully one of these days change will finally be brought upon us.

Cameroon : The future is in AFRICA we the youths must fight for the future we want to see. no longer will we accept goverments who dont put us first. Lets not compete with eachother to get our voices heard, we are stronger when we fight together. Etritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Mobamzique, Namibia, Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, Cote D’Ivore, Mali, Togo, Guinea, and any other african country going through a struggle that we dont know about, #JusticeForCameroon stands with you! #JusticeForAfrica

Ethiopia : Keep fighting for your rights as a human being, the prayer of the oppressed will be answered.

Uganda :The world is watching. Africans are waking up and the revolution is being televised. Things are bad, from Nigeria to South Africa to Congo. But we will all get through this. Change is necessary and it’s on its way.

Cote d’Ivoire : We better stand together and respect each other. Its time for us to be more connected, but i am deeply in pain about the situation around Africa today, and at the same time happy that we stand for a change, and a change is gonna come.

HUGE THANKS TO the one that have contributed to this article, your words made this article, and made this conversation more impactful.
From Nigeria with ( Twitter : @Oyinlolu_a , @Ohisaoje)
Namibia with Keith Vries from Windhoek ( Twitter: @Keithing_things) an anti-police brutality and Namibian Genocide recognition activist, freelance journalist and poet,
Liberia with (Twitter : @lillies__flower)
Zambia with ( Twitter : @mutaa_x)
South Africa ( Twitter: @Mukondi_
Cameroon with the media on Instagram : Justiceforcameroon managed by Makunde, he works for open dreams organizations and education NGO that focuses on the cameroon youths giving them scholarships abroad and a safe place to study.
Ethiopia with (Twitter : @hvmdiya)
Uganda with ( Twitter : @yourfavekylie)
Cote d’Ivoire with ( My self)
Ps: Congo and Guinea are in our hearts and prayers right now.
Thank you for reading and following this group chat, if you want to participate to this conversation please contact us on our mail box or on our instagram : Moyoafrika, and tell us about your feelings, and the current situation in your country.

The 62nd edition of the Miss South Africa pageant, Hosted by South African actress, Tv personality Nomzamo Mbatha held on Saturday, October 24, at The table bay hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Shudufhadzo Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020.

Musida’s win comes as no surprise as she was voted “fan favourite” from the top 10 contestants announced last year in August. The 24-year-old has already taken to the road with radio interviews and is Miss South Africa’s first crowned bald beauty.

She was crowned with the Ubuhle Bethungo Lenkosazana which means “Beauty in the rainbow” in  the Zulu language. The crown is said to represent  the diversity of South Africa and is embellished with thousands of Zirconia stones.

Tall and voluptuous, Musida started modelling from the age of 17 and has previously worked with international companies Eucerin and Woolworths. She has also featured in Vogue Italia’s catalogue shoots. While Miss South Africa has an extensive modelling portfolio, it is current Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi who inspired Musida to enter Miss South Africa. Tunzi’s beautiful dark skin and edgy haircut broke history by being the first Black Miss South Africa to win without hair extensions. Musida took it a step further by going completely bald.Shudufhadzo Musida

The bald look is one favoured by both sexes in South Africa and is affectionately known as chiskop. Black South Africans are known for being militant about challenging Eurocentric beauty standards. It is South African’s Black beauty advocacy that saw an insensitive hair advert targeted at Black people pulled out due to public backlash. The infamous TRESemme hair advert described Black African hair as “damaged” and “dry” whilst Caucasian hair was described as “fine” and “normal”. Tunzi took to her public platform to slam the company and local beauty store Clicks for running the ad which had evident racist undertones.

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Musida is currently studying towards an honours degree in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. Congratulations have been pouring in from prominent South Africans and followers of Musida’s journey. She takes over the reins from Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier. The first and second runners-up are Tato Moselle and Natasha Joubert.

The Crowned Miss South Africa 2020 is passionate about Mental health awareness and the economic and educational empowerment of women and children.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing her do greater things!

 

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in the serenity of Jos Plateau. Beautiful mountains. No ethnic divide. As pupils and students we lived on mangoes, tomatoes, oranges, guava, raw sweet potatoes and carrots. We were never hungry because Jos Plateau people had a philosophy that as long you’re entering a farm to source for what you will eat, it was not trespassing.

Jos is also hugely cosmopolitan as a result of the tin mining that occurred during colonial times so

It seems as if a new audience is about to get introduced to Nollywood. What would you like them to know?

The Nigerian film industry is huge and have been serving audiences with compelling stories since the birth of what we now know as Nollywood. I’d like people to know that the industry is getting bigger and better and apart from the big feel-good films we are serving the world, there are other filmmakers they should research and look out for their films. Filmmakers like Abba Makama (Green White Green, The Lost Okoroshi), Nodash Adekunle (The Delivery Boy), CJ Obasi (Hello, Rain), Ishaya Bako (4th Republic), etc, are making enthralling alternative cinema.

When and how did making movies become an integral part of your life?

I was still in film school when I made the short film Mummy Lagos, which is probably Nigeria’s only entry into the Berlinale Talent Campus. That was 2006. The film was such a hit at the festival that a writing mentor asked me if I wanted to work with the BBC. They were coming into West Africa for a big-budget series. This was Wetin Dey.

He linked me up with the iconic John Akomfrah and David Lawson of Smoking Dogs. I had an interview, they saw my sample and that was that. I got into the industry after working on such an important series.

In 2010, as greenhorn filmmakers without a real producer, we applied for the Hubert Bals Fund film grant from theNetherlands and got a digital production grant to make Confusion Na Wa.

The film went on to win Best Film at the AMAAs in 2013 as well as the Jury Prize at the prestigious Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. As I mentioned earlier, it was one of the very first films from Nigeria to be picked up by Netflix and was a reference point for modern African studies in some American universities. Making that film was important to my growth as a filmmaker.

How long have you been directing for?

I started working professionally since 2006 on BBC’s Wetin Dey. I shot my first film in 2010 with funding from Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film was not released until 2013 where it went on to win Best Film and Best Nigerian at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards, the biggest accolade for our homegrown cinema. It also won 2014 Jury Prize at the Pan African Film Festival in LA. So directing for me has been for 14 years now but I have only three released films- Confusion Na Wa, The Lost Café and Oloture.

What has been the general reaction to your new film “Oloture” in Nigeria?

Released worldwide on Netflix on the 2nd of October 2020, Oloture became Nigeria’s first major international crossover film, consistently staying in the top 10 of diverse countries like France, Brazil, Iceland, Oman, Israel, Kenya, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Jamaica and over two dozen countries. After a few days of release, it peaked at number 7 worldwide on the planets biggest streaming platform. Such a incredible attention for an African film.

The reaction in Nigeria has equally been massive. Oloture was number 1 for two consecutive weeks! Most people who saw the film recommended it to their friends and also came on social media to talk about sex trafficking and how Nigeria and the international community should take the issue serious. It has been one of Nigeria’s most talked about films, ever.

 

Is it a true-life story? What propelled you to bring attention to that specific story?

Yes it is loosely based on a true life story inspired by a premium times report and as it is written at the end of the film, other investigative journalists around the world as well.

What would you like viewers to take away from this film?

The international menace of sex trafficking is still huge out there and we need people to channel the anger of how the film ends towards policy makers who have the power to raise awareness and also protect these ladies.

John Boyega has sign a deal with Netflix to produce a slate of non-English language films focusing on West and East Africa

The impact of Netflix on African Filmmaking?

In 2016, Reed Hastings said the most exciting thing about global Netflix is finding local storytellers and giving them a platform. That’s it. We now have a platform to showcase authentic African stories to millions beyond the continent as is the case with Oloture.

 

What would you say are the biggest triumphs and challenges of the Nigerian film industry?

The Nigerian film industry is a huge global phenomenon and we continue to make giant strides internationally but we have our challenges especially filmmakers who are pushing to tell compelling third cinema stories.

The irony, is sometimes I have to go all the way to Europe to source for money to make a movie because there isn’t a funding body here..

Confusion Na Wa got funding from Netherlands. The Lost Café, produced by Regina Udalor, had support from Norway and France. I have been clamouring for a National Endowment Fund for Arts, an independent federal agency that will fund, promote and strengthen the capacity of artistes by providing opportunities in Artsparticipation.

Investing one naira in the intellectual development of a Nigerian could augment the national revenue more than one naira invested in another field. Many countries provide that opportunity for their filmmakers and I think Nigeria needs to look at that model.

Are there any filmmakers who have particularly influenced your work?

Diverse filmmakers have inspired me but the works of Gaston Kabore, the late Idrissa Ouedraogo, Abderrahmane Sissako, Fernando Meireless and Alfonso Cuaron greatly appeal to me.

What are some of your Favorite African films?

I love Gaston Kabore’s Wend Kuuni and  Buud Yam, Djo Munga’s Viva Riva, Fernando Meireles’ City of God, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men and a host of other third cinema films.

 

President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $330 million to American terror victims and their families, but some hurt in the attacks weren’t happy with the deal.

The compensation is for alleged terrorist attacks on US embassies in both Tanzania and Kenya in 2008. BBC reports that Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok confirmed that the funds have been transferred and is “awaiting confirmation of receipt” from the US. The country is still reeling from over 17 years of civil wars and has been unable to engage in international trade due to having been blacklisted by the US.

Trump tweeted: “GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!”

Gen. Abdel-Farrah Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, welcomed Trump’s announcement as a “constructive step.” He said in a tweet the removal would come “in recognition of the historic change that has taken place in Sudan.”

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to overthrow autocratic leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. A military-civilian government now rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said getting off the list would help his government benefit from debt relief and access foreign loans and investments, which are seen as the country’s gateway to economic recovery. The country has more than $60 billion in foreign debt, he said.

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“It’s a long way,” he said. “It needs serious planning and hard work to achieve the maximum benefit of this opportunity.”

Once the compensation money has been deposited, Trump is to sign an order removing Sudan from the terrorism list, on which it has languished under heavy American sanctions for 27 years.

Twitter responses have been contrary to Hamdok’s optimism about the payment opening doors for Sudan. Many believe the payment should not have been made in the first place.

Felabration, the annual festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of Africa’s foremost musical icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

This year’s edition themed, ‘Fight to Finish, Fight to Win’ is scheduled to hold virtually from 15 to 17 October.

Due to the COVID-19 realities, the organizers decided to go ahead with the event, adapting to the “new norm.” Felabration 2020 will be running for three days, (not for a week as in the past) on different internet platforms that include, Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, Hip Tv and others.

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This year’s musical guests include Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Made Kuti, Niniola, Wande Coal, Joeboy, Antibalas, WurlD and more, who are all on deck to get the crowds moving.

Organised by the Felabration Organising Committee, the week-long musical event is on it’s 22nd trip around the sun, as it was first organised and celebrated by Kuti’s eldest daughter, Yeni, in 1998. And since 2005, the annual event has transformed into seven days of connecting through concerts, carnival parades, lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions, seminars and workshops, all in varying spaces across Lagos. While the festival originated in Fela Kuti’s home country, it quickly became a global celebration as the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and many other countries joined in in later years.

Over two decades after his passing, Kuti’s influences are still clear as day through the growth of the music festival. And his political messages still ring in the ears of those closest to him and his art, “My father’s political views were expressed in his music”, his daughter Yeni says, “You can’t divorce the two. You cannot honour Fela without recognising his social and political activism at the same time.” And the emphasis on ‘Symposium’ this year highlights the importance of African conversations with speakers like Her Excellency Arikana Chihombori Quao, Dr. Vincent Magombe, Dele Farotimi and Kweku Mandelalending their voices towards the conversation around “Colomentality”.

 

Felabration 2020

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#EndSARS: How it started Vs How it’s going

Written By Itty Okim

Gently lying underneath the uproar, arrogance and agitation – barely an inch below the angry, excited and aggressive surface – is the brokenness of Nigerian people. Both at home and in diaspora, the entire planet has almost become inhabitable for Nigerians and Black people as a whole due to phenomena including racism, bad governance and this which got to number one on global Twitter’s list of trending issues – police brutality.

 

“…only for them to waste my son. There was no war, there was no fight, there was no riot,” lamented the father of a twenty year old boy who was killed by some policemen in Rivers state in a video that recently resurfaced on the internet. “…not that he was stealing or robbing. Just cold-bloodedly, they wasted this boy for me,” he said, this time with tears rolling down his eyes as he appealed to his God to avenge the unnecessary, gruesome death of his son.

 

The (Federal) Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) is a suspended unit of the Nigerian police force that is notoriously known for brutalising innocent Nigerians; especially the youth and any young person who showed some level of wealth or happened to posses gadgets like iPhones, expensive laptops and jewellery, designer clothes or a flashy car. There have been so many riots and protests recorded since 2016 by Nigerians who couldn’t bear the injustice and unjust killings of Nigeria’s future.

Apparently, the end of SARS is not the end of Nigeria’s problems. After each protest since 2016, the unit has been ‘disbanded’ officially, but the officers still went about, carrying their “normal” activities of oppressing young Nigerians. The same “disbanding” was announced by the Inspector General of Police on Sunday 11 October, but Nigerian youth do not seem to be having it this time. They have created a list of five things they demand from the federal government of Nigeria concerning police reform and foundations for a better Nigeria.

Nigeria: Protesters demand scrapping SARS police unit

With fire in their eyes and an obviously very willing heart, Nigerians have refused to back down in this fight as peaceful protests are still being organized nationwide – regardless of the fact that some of the demonstrators have been killed by some members of the police by stray bullets. The hot water dispensed by the police on the protesters as a method of crowd control doesn’t seem to be quenching their hunger for a better nation. They have promised to keep up their campaign seeking justice for victims of police brutality and an overhaul of the security apparatus, even as authorities announced the immediate disbanding of a notorious anti-robbery unit that has long been accused of grave human rights abuses.

The end of SARS might not be the end of corruption and bad governance in the federation, but the unity and togetherness expressed by the protesters (mostly millennials and Gen Z-ers) is capable of redeeming Africa and the entire world from its ills.

 

Yet, SARS must go.

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Itty Okim is a Nigerian entertainment writer and Gen Z socio-cultural promoter. He lives in Lagos and takes PR for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can find him on twitter and instagram – @ittyokim

 

Namibia: Demonstrators hit the streets of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, to protest against gender-based violence following the brutal murder of a woman was discovered this week.

The body of Shannon Wasserfall, 22, who went missing six months ago,
was discovered in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay, according to BBC News.

Police found Wasserfall’s body after her father, Tega Mathews, shared a text message he received revealing the location of his late daughter’s remains

Protestors gathered in the city center before marching to the Windhoek Central Police Station and Ministry of Justice on Independence Avenue, before settling outside of Namibia’s parliament building.

Shannon’s uncle Raymond Wasserfall said the demonstrations were to press for more decisive police action in Namibia in GBV and human trafficking cases.

“We will hand a petition over to the mayor. There needs to be some pressure on the police. A lot is happening – especially with human trafficking. Many women are being violated. We need change,” he said.

Black Women and Sacrifice

Gender-based violence has been a burning issue for the country. Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila revealed that police received 107,403 reports of gender-based violence between 2014 and July 2018.

Earlier this year, Hendrick Olivier, the chief inspector of the police’s Gender-based Violence Protection Unit in Windhoek, told reporters that the unit receives between 200 and 300 reports of cases under the Domestic Violence Act each month.

“It was devastating,” Mathews told The Namibian. “My hope was that she would be found. We hoped for the best, but also prepared for the worst …” he said.

National Unity Democratic Organisation secretary-general Joseph Kauandenge believes that the mindset that women belong to their male counterparts is the main drive behind the violence.

“Our society needs redirection and this must start with deliberate programs at primary school to rewire our young people towards a culture of treating [women] as their equals and people to be protected,” he said.

As the battle to bring Wasserfall’s killers to justice continues, local police announced on Thursday morning that a woman has been brought in for questioning in connection with her murder.

Calls grow for scrapping police investigation branch amid accusations of unlawful arrests, torture and even murder

SARS is a branch of the Nigerian police under the criminal investigating department (CID).

The CID is the highest investigating arm of the Nigerian police force.

Many states in Nigeria had a special force tackling violent crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery.

SARS developed from these different forces and now has a nationwide decree under Nigeria’s federal police force to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and communal clashes.

Nigerian social media has recently been flooded with stories of indiscriminate arrests, torture and even murder by SARS operatives.

Today , the hashtag #ENDSARS is trending worldwide on social media.

The protesters stormed police headquarters across the country with placards inscribed with #Endsars, ‘Nigeria police stop killing us’, and ‘say no to brutal injustice’ among others.

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The Nigeria Police Force is in desperate need of a reform, but so is our idea of power and the responsibilities that come with it. Our military past has not been very helpful, it shows in the way citizens relate with politicians — the one who should serve becomes the one who is served, the people answer to the politicians and not the other way around. This call to #EndSARS is the beginning of a long walk, one that will take decades of angry protests — from citizens who are fed up of being treated as less than they are — and systemic reforms. Police trainings and assessments need to be looked at and reinforced, the force needs more funding than it has gotten in the past, policemen have to become more professional and realise what is at stake if they’re not, erring police officers need to be sanctioned based on the gravity of their offences. A lot needs to be done, but it is good that a movement has begun.

 

 

Along with REMA & more.

The nominations for the 2020 MTV EMA (MTV Europe Music Award) are finally out and this time we have African stars on the spotlight.

“The 2020 MTV EMAs is one of the biggest entertainment stages in the world and this year’s African nominees are undoubtedly making their presence felt globally,” said Monde Twala, senior vice president and general manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa.

“This affirms our commitment to ensuring that we continue to celebrate our diverse talent on international platforms. Congratulations to all our African nominees on this achievement.”

It’s without a doubt that Master KG is picked for the success of his worldwide anthem Jerusalema. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa see the nod for owning the South Africa’s music scene pushing the Amapiano wave further.

This year’s list seems to be the most contested, African giant and 2019 MTV EMA winner Burna Boy is nominated yet again. Fellow Nigerian rapper, Rema at the age of 20, has also secured a spot. Afrobeats artist Sheeba from Uganda is the only female featured on the list for her song “Nakyuka”. Gaz Mawete is last on the list and flies the banner for Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jerusalema” featuring Nomcebo Zikode has collected over 150 million views on YouTube, countless remixes made from Italy, Germany and Brazil. As if “Jerusalema” was not hot already, a remix featuring Burna Boy was released this year. Master KG released the song in 2019 and it instantly became a hit for its unique Limpopo sound and it was propelled by social media through the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge which saw the whole world participate.

“Jerusalema” is currently the most shazamed song in the world and is being adapted into a short film to celebrate the success of the song and South Africa’s heritage. The nomination is another step to the ever rising success of Jeruselma.

The MTV EMAs will be broadcasted live on the 8th of November 2020 exclusively on MTV and MTV Base. Vote for your favourite African Act here.

Check out the full nominees list below and on MTV EMA.

Best Video
Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
DJ Khaled – POPSTAR ft Drake starring Justin Bieber
Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Taylor Swift – The Man
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Artist
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Miley Cyrus
The Weeknd

Best Song
BTS – Dynamite
DaBaby – Rockstar ft Roddy Ricch
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Roddy Ricch – The Box
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Collaboration
BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez – Ice Cream
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
DaBaby – Rockstar ft. Roddy Ricch
Justin Bieber – Intentions ft Quavo
Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – I’m Ready

Best Pop
BTS
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Little Mix

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Best Group
5 Seconds of Summer
BLACKPINK
BTS
Chloe x Halle
CNCO
Little Mix

Best New
BENEE
DaBaby
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch
YUNGBLUD

Biggest Fans
Ariana Grande
BLACKPINK
BTS
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Best Latin
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Karol G
Maluma
Ozuna

Best Rock
Coldplay
Green Day
Liam Gallagher
Pearl Jam
Tame Impala
The Killers

Best Hip Hop
Cardi B
DaBaby
Drake
Eminem
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Electronic
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Kygo
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Alternative
blackbear
FKA twigs
Hayley Williams
Machine Gun Kelly
The 1975
twenty one pilots

Video for Good
Anderson .Paak – Lockdown
David Guetta & Sia – Let’s love
Demi Lovato – I Love Me
H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
Jorja Smith – By Any Means
Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Best Push
AJ Mitchell
Ashnikko
BENEE
Brockhampton
Conan Gray
Doja Cat
Georgia
Jack Harlow
Lil Tecca
Tate McRae
Wallows
YUNGBLUD

Best Virtual Live
BTS – Bang Bang Con: The Live
J Balvin – Behind The Colores Live Experience
Katy Perry @ Tomorrow Land – Around The World
Little Mix – UNCancelled
Maluma – Papi Juancho Live
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

 

Since March, we’ve all watched as the coronavirus forced the closures of nearly every border around the globe. Countries around the world are starting to welcome back tourism by reopening their borders to international travelers. After nearly six months of lockdown, South Africa is one of the latest countries on that list.

‘We are ready to open our doors again to the world,” South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement announcing the decision, “and invite travelers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities, and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence.”

High-risk travellers: are those who come from countries with higher numbers of COVID-19 infections and reported deaths compared to South Africa.

Medium risk travellers: are from countries with relatively equal number of infections and death toll to South Africa

Low risk travellers: obviously originate from countries with lesser number of infections of COVID-19 and death toll than South Africa.

Leisure travellers from high-risk countries will not be permitted, amongst them includes the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

“Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test,” said Pandor.

Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

However, South Africans are able to travel to any country that currently allows travellers from the country to visit.

Tourism in Africa: Here are the countries on the continent that are currently open to tourism.

Here is the list of high-risk countries:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Luxemburg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Venezuela

Data for the mentioned countries will be reviewed every two weeks, and categories may change based on the data.

All visas that may have expired during the lockdown period remain valid until January 31, 2021.

Three airports will be opened and operational for international air travel. These airports are OR Tambo International (in Johannesburg, Gauteng), Cape Town International (in Cape Town, Western Cape) and King Shaka International ( in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal).