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Destination Festivals:  Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Uganda
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Arts, Culture and Sport Destination Festivals: Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Uganda

Uganda boasts of a thriving music scene, and the multidisciplinary Bayimba International Festival of the Arts recently held in Lunkulu Island serves to bolster the various art forms. The four-day event has become an important platform for the consumption, and authentic experience of various exciting artistic acts.

“Black is Beautiful” proponent Kwame Brathwaite: Photography to restore Black pride
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Lifestyle “Black is Beautiful” proponent Kwame Brathwaite: Photography to restore Black pride

Kwame Brathwaite is a documentary photographer who chronicled the cultural, political and social developments of Harlem and co-founded the African Jazz Art Society and Studios. He staged a series of pageants that featured only black models, which helped popularise the phrase “Black Is Beautiful”. This is also the title of his upcoming book.

Nnedi and Wanuri developing Amazon series based on Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed”
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Arts, Culture and Sport Nnedi and Wanuri developing Amazon series based on Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed”

African sci-fi legend Nigerian Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu are teaming up with Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis for an upcoming series adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel “Wild Seed”. Okorafor and Kahiu will write the script together, while Kahiu will also direct the project.

Lungelo Gumede creates wax statue in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
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Arts, Culture and Sport Lungelo Gumede creates wax statue in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

While South African struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela received a worthy statue befitting of her legacy, Burkina Faso’s former revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara whose statue was unveiled on the 2nd of March 2019 wasn’t so lucky. #Sankara’s statue recently unveiled has no resemblance to the celebrated Burkinabé leader. Many have asked if the infamous Rasta was involved.