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Africa Day Playlist: 10 irresistible African gems to celebrate Africa Day
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Politics and Society Africa Day Playlist: 10 irresistible African gems to celebrate Africa Day

Africa Day was first held in 1963 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, when 32 countries formed the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans. As we commemorate this day here are a few songs from African greats and newer additions to the culture that highlight some of the themes and some that will just make for a good day!

Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon, Dr Ncumisa Jilata
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Africans rising Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon, Dr Ncumisa Jilata

Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata 29, is among the new batch of fellows for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, following their graduation at Glen ridge Church in Stamford Hill, Durban last week. The young achiever completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. Even though there is still a lot to do, it is clear that the face of Neurosurgery is certainly changing in several parts of Africa. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.

Men are Trash vs Not all men
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Lifestyle Men are Trash vs Not all men

On the 29th of April Sandile Mantsoe is alleged to have killed his 22-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, before setting alight and dumping her body in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa. Karabo’s death has sparked a social media outcry with the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The online conversation has given a platform for women to share personal and secondary accounts of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of men.

WATCH: 14 year old Carson Huey-You becomes one of the world’s youngest university graduates
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Africans rising WATCH: 14 year old Carson Huey-You becomes one of the world’s youngest university graduates

Carson Huey-You a 14-year-old boy has become one of the world’s youngest university graduates. He was just 11 when he began studying physics at Texas Christian University, also taking courses in Mathematics and Chinese. Carson is the youngest person to graduate in the University’s 144 year history. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and will return to TCU for his Master’s in Physics.

Afro Beat scion Femi Kuti breaks Kenny G’s 1997 record, narrowly misses world record
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Lifestyle Afro Beat scion Femi Kuti breaks Kenny G’s 1997 record, narrowly misses world record

Femi Kuti was thought to have set a new world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone on 7th May at the New Africa Shrine. Femi’s held a note for 46 minutes 38 seconds. It turns out that the record was in fact broken by Vann Burchfield, a saxophonist in Birmingham standing at 47 minutes and 6 seconds. On finding out he missed out, Femi tweeted: “If this is so, then like I’ve said we will work to achieve the 50min mark. No wahala [no problem]. I believe I’ve still got a bit more energy in my tank.”

Sulley Muntari gets overwhelming support for standing up against racism in Italy
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Politics and Society Sulley Muntari gets overwhelming support for standing up against racism in Italy

Suleyman “Sulley” Muntari’s one-match ban for protesting after being racially abused during a Series A game has been overturned by the Italian FA. Muntari has received overwhelming support from various players for standing up against racism. Muntari’s stand is a step that will hopefully be a catalyst for change in the fight against the racial discrimination of black players worldwide.