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Daniel Kaluuya made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut tonight, and his funny monologue skewered a serious topic, made fun of a Golden Globes glitch and served as a thank-you to a long-running cast member of NBC’s late-night staple.

The London-born actor started off by saying, “First of all, I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking, ‘Oh no, he’s not Black — he’s British.” After affirming that he indeed is both, he said, “Basically I’m what the royal family was worried the baby would look like.

”The joke — which elicited some of the biggest laughs of the night — was in reference to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s high-profile interview with Oprah in which they alleged that an unnamed palace official questioned them, while she was pregnant, about supposed concerns over their baby’s skin tone.

Kaluuya ran with the topic, saying people ask him what’s worse — British racism or American racism. “Let me put it this way,” he said. “British racism is so bad, white people left. They wanted to be free — free to create their own kind of racism. So that’s why they created Australia, South Africa and Boston.

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He then talked about his Oscar-nominated supporting role as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in Judas and the Black Messiah, and a clip was played of his Zoomed acceptance speech.

“I was muted — can you believe that? I told the best joke of my life, and I was muted. I felt like I was in a sunken place,” a reference to his other Oscar-nominated role in 2017’s Get Out.

Turning semi-serious, Kaluuya said he was grateful to be hosting and name-checked a certain 1990s Nickelodeon series.

“When I was 9 years old,” he said, “I wrote a play that got performed at Hampshire Theatre with real actors and everything. This is a true story — that play was based on Kenan & Kel. And that play led me down a path that got me to this stage tonight with Kenan [Thompson] backstage right now. And I just want to take this moment to in front of Kenan and the whole world to say: Thank you, Mom. Thank you, God. And thank you Kel.”

Aw, here it goes.

Watch Kaluuya’s monologue

African stars, Burna Boy and Wizkid both won at the 2021 Grammys which took place last night. They join Sikiru Adepoju as the only Nigerian artists to ever win a Grammy Award.

Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category with ‘Twice As Tall’ album. Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl.

Burna Boy was nominated alongside albums such as Fu Chronicles by Antibalas, Agora by Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Amadjarby Tinariwen,

Burna Boy had previously been a one-time nominee for his African Giant album under the Best World Album category at the 62nd edition of the Grammy which held in the last year,

“This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world and this should be a lesson to every African out there, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, and no matter where you’re from you can achieve it because you’re a king,” Burna said in his acceptance speech.

Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album emerging victorious over Life Is Good by Future featuring Drake, Lockdown by Anderson Paak, and Adore You by Harry Styles & Goliath Woodkid

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The 63rd Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles and was hosted by SA’s very own, Trevor Noah.

Other highlights include; Beyonce breaking the record for the most Grammy wins after picking up her 28th award  and Megan Thee Stallion won best new artist.

The ceremony had no audience, and performers were separated to maintain social distancing.

The Nigerian star is nominated in the Best Global Music category.

The African giant Burna Boy will perform at the 2021 Grammy pre-show which will be livestreamed on GRAMMY.com at 3 p.m. EST on March 14.T

The 2021 Grammy Awards were originally scheduled to take place in January before they were postponed to March due to the “deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles.” In December, it was announced that Talking Heads, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and more would receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys.

The premiere ceremony will be hosted by Jhene Aiko. It will kick off with an ensemble of previous Grammy nominees including Gregory Porter, Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Regina Carter, and Kamasi Washington performing “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” in tribute to the late legend Marvin Gaye.

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Burna Boy  is nominated at the 2021 Grammy Awards in the Best Global Music Category alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto, and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Previously known as the international category of Best World Music Album, the category was renamed to “make it more modern and inclusive.”

Other nominees include Beyoncé, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion up for Record of the Year, H.E.R for the Song of the Year, Buju Banton for Best Reggae Album, and more.

This is Burna Boy’s second Grammy nomination after losing to the iconic Angelique Kidjo during the last ceremony. Considering the praise Twice as Tall has received, we hope this is the year he takes the award home.

 

 

Tobago-born actor Winston Duke is set to play celebrated Jamaican nationalist Marcus Garvey in an upcoming movie for Amazon Studios that will also see Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu on the director’s chair, Deadline reported.

Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, advocated for Black nationalism in his native country as well as the United States. While alive, he spearheaded a Pan-African philosophy which galvanized a global mass movement known as Garveyism .

Garvey died at the age of 52 in London in 1940 from complications brought on by two strokes.

Titled Marked Man, the upcoming project – which is reportedly set in the 1920s – will focus on a young Black man who joins the then J. Edgar Hoover-led FBI and then goes ahead to infiltrate Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The character’s loyalty to his race and country is tested during his assignment as he “grows weary of both men’s actions,” according to Deadline

The upcoming project was inspired by a 2008 biography titled Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey. The book is written by Colin Grant. The script for Marked Man is also written by seasoned British playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah.

In an Instagram post on Friday, Duke shared his excitement about the project and how he is honored to portray an icon whose ideology was very instrumental in shaping his development.

“As a Caribbean immigrant, activist, and global citizen, one of the most seminal stories in my development has been the words and works of Marcus Garvey,” the 34-year-old posted. “Today I am blessed to announce that I have the opportunity to bring his story to life, along with a kick ass crew of collaborators.”

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Duke added: “It’s not lost on me how important and meaningful this is, not only for the generations that already know his contributions to the Black liberation landscape but for those who have yet to know and embrace him and what he stood for. Can’t wait to step into this one and bring you all along for the amazing journey.

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Kunga Kihohia went to one of the best schools in Florida. He graduated, was making money, and then one day lost everything. He ended up homeless in Miami, sleeping in his car. Then a trip to Kenya would change his life.

His parents are from Kenya, but he was born and raised and spent most of his life in Florida.

He traveled to Kenya for the first time at the age of 10 and stayed there for about five years, where he learned his parents’ native tongue. He traveled back to the US for high school and college, where he graduated from Florida International University in Miami.

Kihohia didn’t travel to Kenya for more than 15 years once he was back in the states.  After spending some time working in corporate America, he told Travel Noire in an interview that he realized he was “psychologically unemployable.”

“I was in the business-world chasing money, making a lot of money, but I was really unhappy because I had moved away from my purpose,” he said, adding that he found himself overweight and overall, unhappy.

So, Kihohia went on a journey to Kenya to find himself and, ultimately, save his life.

“I started this journey of coming back to nature and coming back to my own peace, which involved coming back to Africa. The lifestyle I had gotten involved with was putting me on a path of self-destruction.”

The trip was only supposed to last for three weeks.  It took him some time to adjust, as it was his first time back to Kenya in more than a decade.  As he began to settle, he realized that people in Kenya were far more content despite some challenges, than people in America.

Back To Nature Organic Farm

Kihohia said he’s always been a serial entrepreneur, but Back To Nature Organic Farm grew out of his interests and passion.

“The farm is only part of a larger vision, and a larger movement called the “Back to Nature Movement.” It’s part of our philosophy and ideology that states, “the closer we are to nature, the more whole, happy, at peace and at ease we are.”

Through the organic farm and the movement, Kihohia said that his mission is to inspire, motivate and encourage Kenyans, East Africans, Africans, including those from the diaspora, to adopt a more natural holistic lifestyle approach towards maintaining or regaining health and wellness.

With a few other like-minded individuals, Kihohia decided that they wanted to control the food system as they saw a rise in diseases in Kenya, such as cancer, hypertension, and more.

“When there’s a will, there’s a way. We started learning all the components about the soil water systems,  harvesting and post-harvest losses,  markets, dealing with human resources, human capital […] there are so many components, but we belly-flopped into it.”

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2021 will mark the fifth anniversary of his journey back home and back to nature. During this time, Kihohia went from obese, stressed, and homeless to the founder of one of the largest organic farms in Kenya, where he’s happy and living life with no regrets.

“My advice to anyone looking to make a move abroad, especially to Africa, is to follow your heart. At the end of the day, this life is temporary. No one gets out alive. We all sign a contract unwittingly that no one leaves alive. It’s vital that while you have your time on this earth, to make it as significant as possible, give it meaning,” said Kihohia.

To learn more about Back to Nature, visit the IG page: @backtonatureafrika.

Source: Travel Noire

Late afrobeat legend and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has been nominated for induction into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In arguably the most diverse and inclusive ballot to date, the king of Afrobeat is joined by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and many more favorites.

Fela Kuti‘s estate has been keeping the Nigerian icon’s name and legacy alive and well over the past few months. With a recent collaborative merch drop with Online Ceramics, and the resurgence of Finding Fela! , the documentary detailing his life, the Kuti name is one that won’t be losing heat anytime soon.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF) is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development. An act is eligible 25 years after their first commercial recording is released and this is Fela’s first nomination into the hall.

if Kuti wins, he will make history as the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Fela Kuti is remembered as an influential icon who was brave enough to boldly voice his opinions on matters that affected the nation through his music. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers.”

According to the chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Skyles, “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates.

“These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Fans vote for up to five nominees daily from today till the 30th of April on the Rock Halls website while the winners of the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take in Cleveland, Ohio will be inducted in May 2021.

“The Greek Freak” can’t wait to go learn more about his roots.

His roots in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from,” Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo told The Undefeated. “A lot of people think my mom or my dad are from Greece, but no. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerian.”

Charles and Veronica Adetokunbo moved from Lagos to Greece in 1991 in hopes of a better future for themselves and their family after struggling to find employment. The Adetokunbos’ eldest son, Francis, was left behind in Lagos to be raised by his grandparents. Charles Adetokunbo worked as a handyman and wife Veronica as a baby sitter in their struggle to make ends meet for their family, which was the only black one in the area, according to The New York Times. The Adetokunbos had four more sons, all born in Greece, including Giannis on Dec. 6, 1994. (Antetokounmpo became Giannis’ surname after it was spelled that way on his Greek passport instead of his birth name of Adetokunbo.)

Antetokounmpo grew up in Greek culture learning the language, going to school and eventually starting to play basketball at age 7. But when he was home with his family, he learned and lived the Nigerian way.

“I grew up in a Nigerian home,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals.”

Veronica Adetokunbo spoke to her sons in the Nigerian language of Igbo, which is one of the four official Nigerian languages and is spoken by about 18 million people in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, according to several websites

“I can understand it a little bit. I can count. It’s not like I’m fluent,” Antetokounmpo said of Igbo. “It’s not like I can go back home to Nigeria and they can understand what I am saying. It’s kind of funny.

“Both my parents are from Nigeria. But Nigeria is like 250 dialects, so my mom and my dad don’t speak the same language.”

Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who is arguably the greatest international basketball player of all time and one of the greatest NBA players, also has a Nigerian connection with Antetokounmpo. Olajuwon told The Undefeated that he and Antetokounmpo are Yoruba.

“I know from his last name that we are from the same tribe, the Yoruba tribe. His last name, which in Yoruba is spelled Adetokunbo, means ‘the crown has returned from overseas,’ ” Olajuwon said.

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With the Bucks owning the best record in the NBA, Antetokounmpo appears to be the front-runner for the 2019 NBA MVP award, competing against the likes of the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and six assists and led the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes.

“I’m sure Nigerians are very proud of him, especially because of the way he has conducted himself and how he is dominating the league,” Olajuwon said. “He has accomplished a great deal in such a short period of time.”

Antetokounmpo wasn’t projected to be a superstar when he was selected 15th overall in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft by the Bucks. But former Warriors center Festus Ezeli, also a native of Nigeria, believed Antetokounmpo would be special after seeing him score a game-high 22 points for Team Africa in the first Africa Game in Johannesburg, on Aug. 1, 2015. The exhibition was Antetokounmpo’s first trip to Africa.

“Oh, my God, he took over for Team Africa in South Africa,” Ezeli said. “We were talking about it on the bench, ‘This kid right here. …’ I was thinking, ‘Yo, this kid is really special.’ Just the ease of how he did things and the way he was getting to the cup, the athleticism was there. And in a friendly game in Africa, the competitiveness and edge were there.”

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Netflix has reportedly cited filming challenges that have been brought on by the pandemic as the reason for their decision to cancel the second season of the spy-thriller series, ‘Queen Sono’

According to The Citizen, Netflix has decided that Africa’s first Original Series, Queen Sono, will not go ahead for a second season. This comes after initial reports in April of this year that Queen Sono had been given the thumbs-up for a second season. Speculations on the possible reasons for halting the show vary, according to IOL. However, Netflix cited difficulties in filming due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queen Sono lead, Pearl Thusi, released a bittersweet statement to The Citizen in response to the news.

“It’s so incredible that we as a team got a lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will never be another ‘first’ African Netflix original series. I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds.”

The Netflix team reportedly stated that axing the show was a difficult decision because of the “dream vision” achieved through the show. According to The Citizen, Netflix’ spokesperson thanked Queen Sonofans from around the world for their continued and fervent support of the production. Furthermore, Queen Sono creator, Kagiso Lediga, commented on the recent news saying, “We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times.”

Queen Sono is the first Netflix African Original Series to come out this year. The series follows an action-packed story about a South African spy played by Thusi.

Queen Sono is one of many productions to be halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s Americanah series was recently cancelled by HBO Max before it went into production. South Africans, however, can still look forward to the second season of popular Netflix Original Series, Blood and Water

“It’s so incredible that we as a team got a lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will never be another ‘first’ African Netflix original series. I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds.”

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The Netflix team reportedly stated that axing the show was a difficult decision because of the “dream vision” achieved through the show. According to The Citizen, Netflix’ spokesperson thanked Queen Sonofans from around the world for their continued and fervent support of the production. Furthermore, Queen Sono creator, Kagiso Lediga, commented on the recent news saying, “We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times.”

Bunce Island in Sierra Leone, 20 miles up the Sierra Leone River, and a few miles north of the capital Freetown, was home to one of the most profitable slave trading operations in West Africa. Established in 1670 by English slave traders, it was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast where tens of thousands of African slaves were shipped to North America and the West Indies.

It was part of the over sixty slave-trading forts on the West African coast. The island was majorly operated by two companies one after the other — the Gambia Adventurers and the Royal African Company of England — from 1670 to 1728. It flourished during private management by a consortium of London firms from 1744 to 1807. Slave trading ceased on the island in 1808 after the slave trade was abolished but the trading fort was totally abandoned in 1840 and has been uninhabited since.

The selection of slaves from the Rice Coast, which stretches from Senegal right to Liberia through Bunce Island, was not random. In fact, Africans were particularly targeted on account of their skills – rice cultivation.

South Carolina, which became one of the wealthiest states in North America with an economy based on rice cultivation, benefited the most from these enslaved Africans from the Rice Coast. Nearby Georgia also insisted on using slaves from this region. At the time, during slave auctions in Charlestown (now Charleston), South Carolina, Savana and Georgia, slave selling advertisements specifically mentioned slaves from the Rice Coast or Bunce Island to assure buyers that they would get experienced hands. Buyers would then be willing to pay more for them.

Rice cultivation in America saw an uplift as more and more African captives were shipped from Bunce Island to work on rice farms.

Naturally, tracing descendants of enslaved Africans in the diaspora is quite cumbersome. However, slaves from Sierra Leone’s Bunce Island who are indigenes of the West African country can directly be traced to the Gullah peoplein the United States.

According to UNESCO, the Gullah community in South Carolina and Georgia still retain traditions in food, names and stories that draw heavily from their Sierra Leonean roots.

What makes the story of Bunce Island different from the likes of Goree Island in Senegal and The Elmina Castle in Ghana is that it became “the only instance where Africans were particularly targeted for buying and selling on account of their skills,” according to UNESCO.

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Also, US Independence was negotiated, in part, between Bunce Island’s British owner, Richard Oswald and an affluent rice farmer and slave dealer in South Carolina called Henry Laurens.

Laurens served as the business agent for Bunce Island in Charlestown right before the American war of independence. When the war began, Laurens was made President of the Continental Congress. He was then captured by the British and bailed by his friend Oswald.

When the war ended, Laurens was one of the American Peace Commissioners who negotiated the United States’ independence under the Treaty of Paris. His British counterpart and friend Oswald headed the British negotiating team that led to the independence of the U.S.

Today, remains of the once very busy port that can be seen are the bastions, walls of the merchants’ quarters, the gunpowder magazine, and the gate to the slave house.

The remoteness of the island has helped in its preservation as there is no human interference. Nonetheless, a severe local climate has contributed to the degradation of the elements. Lastly, wild growth of vegetation in and around the ruins and coastal erosion are the biggest threats to the preservation of the site. 

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.
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