Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o participated in the #BlackPanthersChallenge sponsoring 600 school children to watch the film in her hometown Kisumu, Kenya. Lupita said “I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen”. Wakanda Forever!
To coincide with the launch of the wildly anticipated and already acclaimed film Black Panther, Marvel commissioned Kenyan Afro-futurist artist Osborne Macharia to create an exclusive art project. Macharia has titled the project “Ilgelunot”, which, in Maasai, means “The Chosen Ones”.
This new Afro-celebratory sci-fi trendsetter sets out to unsettle and subvert film stereotypes about Africa – and succeeds brilliantly.
As we mark the 2018 international day International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation we need to accelerate efforts of raising awareness and encourage concrete actions to stop the harmful practice.
Good morning Africa and Happy New Year. We take you to our first destination of this year in Nigeria. In the old city of Kaduna lies a castle that reminds you of King’s Landing, Kajuru Castle. This beautiful edifice is the perfect getaway destination.
In 1998, Felabration—an annual musical festival commemorating the life of the late Fela Kuti—was inaugurated by Yeni Kuti, Fela’s eldest daughter. In October 2017, its twentieth iteration was celebrated. Fawning aside, what other valuable gems can be mined from Fela’s life and preoccupations? And what might these gems imply for the future of Felabration?
Mention Nigerian literature and the first names likely to spring to mind are Chinua Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apart”, or the venerable Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
Our #MCM this week is South African musician Cassper Nyovest. He recently filled up the FNB Stadium for a music show, becoming the first South African hip-hop artists to ever receive such a turnout.
The second edition of the Abantu Book Festival took place this past weekend in Soweto, South Africa. These are snapshots from the festival.