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Halle Bailey Casting On “The Little Mermaid” Draws Backlash On Twitter

Movie star, Halle Bailey will appear in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” and this thing is causing some racists — who can’t fathom how a person of colour could be made to play “mermaid” — to lose their mind. Even though, mermaids are not peculiar to one particular race, some users of social networks think “The Little Mermaid” should have been white. They even went to various extremes to express their dissatisfaction with the choice of choosing Halle Berry as the lead cast in the movie. Since the announcement became public, so many people on Twitter and

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Tutankhamun’s Bust Sells For $6m In UK Despite Protest From Egypt

The quartzite head of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun has been auctioned off for almost six million dollars in the UK. The auctioning happened despite fierce opposition from Egypt which claimed the piece was possibly stolen from the country. Al Jazeera reports that Christie’s auction house sold the 28.5cm relic for 4.7 million pounds ($5.97m) on Thursday. Egyptian officials had called for the return of the treasure to the country while demanding that the auction be stopped. They had asked the United Nations cultural body, UNESCO and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to intervene, saying the head was

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What Did You Hear About Mami Wata, The African Water Spirit?

“If you see mami wata, eh, never never runaway Victor Uwaifo,” Nigerian singer Sir Victor Uwaifo sings on his popular Akwete tune “Guitar Boy”. The singer says the song was made after his encounter with a Mami Wata in the 1960s. Mami Wata is a water deity well-known especially in Nigerian and other African coastal communities. It is highly respected and her appearance is symbolic to her duality; a representation of her capacity to mete out evil as well as good. In several Mami Wata stories, the creature is said to be after men to satisfy her lust. She makes

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Disney Releases Photos Of The Lion King Cast With Their Animal Characters

After many months of waiting, the live-action remake of “The Lion King” is now set for release. The movie comes out this month and the countdown has already begun. Audience are already anticipating the release of the film. As part of the promotional efforts, Disney shared stunning photographs of the film’s cast with their animal counterparts. Some of the most popular casts come face to face with their animated character. Donald Glover and Simba come face to face with each other; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter comes face to face with Nala. Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon meet their actors John Oliver, Seth Rogen

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Cape Town Authorities Move To Fine Homeless People

Homeless people in South Africa are now paying fines for living on the street. Many have found that living on sidewalks comes at a fee when authorities slammed them with hefty fines. News24 reports that several Cape Town residents have lodged numerous complaints about the inconvenience caused to then by homeless people. Authorities in Cape Town soon swooped to action to enforce a by-law against street, public places and noise nuisances, which the homeless people have contravened. This by-law prohibits people from erecting a shelter or sleeping or camping overnight in any undesignated area. It also prohibits anyone from “in

Netflix acquires Kunle Afolayan's Mokalik
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Netflix acquires Nigerian Director Kunle Afolayan’s movie “Mokalik”

‘Mokalik’, the latest movie by critically acclaimed Nigerian director, Kunle Afolayan has joined the growing list of Nollywood movies on Netflix. The news of the acquisition of the rights was recently announced by the actor, director, and producer at the maiden edition of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days which held on July 2-3. ”I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired Mokalik and some of my other films,” Afolayan stated. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByIf6qxDoDl/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The movie, Mokalik, predominantly set in an automobile repair workshop (mechanic village) tells the story of an 11-year-old boy named Ponmile, a young middle-class boy whose parents send him

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UN Declares Attack On Libyan Detention Center A “War Crime”

The United Nations (UN) has called an airstrike on a migrants detention centre outside Tripoli, the capital of Libya a war crime. According to several reports, 44 migrants were killed while 130 were injured after the airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre. The Tajoura Detention Centre houses around 600 migrants and it’s located just outside the capital city of Libya, Tripoli. A report by the BBC confirmed that many women, including a UN official and children were among those killed by the airstrike on the detention centre on Tuesday evening. The United Nations has since described the attack as “amounting

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Yemi Alade becomes First African Female Artist To hit 1M Youtube Subscribers

Yemi Alade has hit the milestone of becoming the first African female artist to get a million subscribers on the video sharing platform, YouTube. With her fourth studio album “Woman of Steel” on its way; the ‘Johnny’ singer continues to set new records with her music. The singer recently celebrated her YouTube channel having over 1 million subscribers; making her the first female African act to achieve this and placing her ahead of the likes of Wizkid who has 813k subscribers and her fellow female fellow pop star, Tiwa Savage with 391k. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzTyop9nIC0/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Yemi Alade is not new to setting

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Rwandan War Criminal Bags 8-year Sentence In US Court

A court in the United States has sentenced a Rwandan man to jail for immigration fraud and perjury after lying about his role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 47-year-old Jean Leonard Teganya was convicted after it was found that he lies about his status as a war criminal to win asylum in the country. US attorney, Andrew E Lelling confirmed in a statement released by the department of justice that Teganya: “was convicted and sentenced for the most serious form of immigration fraud: lying about his status as a war criminal to win asylum in the United States.” The

All you need to know as Big Brother Naija Season 4 begins
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Here is all you need to know as BBNaija 4 starts today

The fourth season of the TV reality show, Big Brother Naija returns on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Following the success of the previous three seasons, fans have been anticipating this year’s edition of the show and after several months of teasings, screening and building a new house for the show in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria, BBNaija 2019 returns to our screens with the launch episode tonight. According to the organizers of the show, Multichoice Nigeria, this year’s edition of the reality TV show will last 92days of intense drama, romance, and spice. https://twitter.com/Ebuka/status/1135532664046403587 The show, which retains Ebuka Obi

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Many Die As Cobalt Mine Collapse In DR Congo

Congolese authorities have said 36 people were killed in a copper and cobalt mine collapsed at the Lualaba province in south-east DR Congo recently. According to BBC Africa, most of the victims were unofficial miners. The provincial governor, Richard Muyej blamed the accident on “clandestine artisanal diggers”. “Clandestine artisanal diggers who have flooded and engaged in an anarchic exploitation,” Muyej told Reuters. Unofficially mining is common in the region and people do it as a means to earn a living. About half of the world’s cobalt, which is a key component in mobile phone batteries, were mined from the southern

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw To Play Jamaican Nurse Mary Seacole In New Movie

The actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will bring the life of pioneering Jamaican nurse and businesswoman, Mary Seacole to the big screen. The film is yet to be titled, however, Racing Green Pictures, film company, is hoping to launch with the film. The upcoming film is RGP’s first incursion into making prestige films, many of which will have “strong social messages”. Billy Peterson’s Racing Green Pictures said according to a report by Variety, that it will be making more of these kind of films. “Mary Seacole was an extraordinary woman, and I’m proud to bring her story to today’s audiences with the

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Ghanaians Can Now Travel Visa-free To Jamaica

From July 1, 2019 Ghanaians and Jamaicans can now enter each other’s country without needing an entry visa. Just pick your passport, enter plane and go. The new development was announced during a press conference by Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness following bilateral discussions in Kingston, Jamaica last Saturday. President Akufo-Addo explained that Ghana and Jamaica now have opportunity to build strong ties imposed by culture and history. He added that the two nations can use their bilateral relationship to drive maximum economic value for their respective populations. “We cannot have visas

Burna Boy wins big at 2019 BET Awards
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Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi win big at 2019 BET Awards [Full Winners List]

Nigeria’s Burna Boy and South Africa’s Sho Madjozi were among the big winners at the 2019 edition of the BET Awards. The BET Awards which was held on Sunday, June 23 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles seeks to recognize winners across 20 categories in a “celebration of black culture.” Burna Boy emerged winner in the ”Best International Act” category while, Sho Madjozi edged the likes of Nigeria’s Teni to win the ”Best New International Act.” See below for a full list of winners. Best New International Act Headie One (Uk)Jokair (France)Nesly (France)Octavian (Uk)* ShoMadjozi (South Africa) WINNERTeni (Nigeria) Best

Giannis Antetokounmpo named MVP
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Giannis Antetokounmpo gets crowned 2018/19 NBA Most Valuable Player

The Greek-born son of Nigerian immigrants has been named as the 2018/2019 NBA MVP. At the end of the season honors held on Monday, June 24, Milwaukee Bucks forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, beat the likes of Paul George of the Oklahoma City and last year’s MVP, James Harden of Houston to earn the prestigious honors. In a resounding win, he received 941 points and 78 first-place votes in the balloting 165 points more than Harden. Harden finished second with 776 points and 23 first-place votes. Every voter had either Antetokounmpo or Harden No. 1 or No. 2 on their ballot. Paul

Burna Boy's Mother, Bose Ogulu receiving the BET award on his behalf [BET]
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Here is how Burna Boy’s Mother shut down the internet at 2019 BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards is one that many will not forget in a hurry. On a night that saw Cardi B and spouse Offset open things up with a fiery performance, the amazing Mary J Blige honor, a Nipsey Hussle tribute and many other stellar performances, the brightest star on the night was Mrs. Bose Ogulu, mother and manager to superstar Burna Boy. After he was announced as the winner of the ”Best International Act” category, Burna was nowhere to be found and his mother stepped up to receive the award on his behalf delivering an iconic acceptance speech that

Femi Kuti to perform at AFCON 2019 opening ceremony [Femi Kuti]
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Femi Kuti to perform at 2019 AFCON opening ceremony

Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti is set to perform at the opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nation 2019 holding in Egypt on Friday, June 21. The Confederation of African football’s organizing committee made this announcement on its Twitter handle on Wednesday, June 19. https://twitter.com/TotalAFCON2019/status/1141330045912436737 Femi will be performing alongside Hakim and Dobet Gnabore from Egypt and Ivory Coast respectively. The trio will jointly render the official theme song for the event, titled, ‘Metgamaeen,’ which translates to ‘We Are Together’ in English. https://twitter.com/Femiakuti/status/1141485125307437057 While Femi’s verse will be delivered in English, Hakim will be singing in Arabic, and Dobet will

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People Are Mistaking This Popular Black Hair Care Product For Cooking Oil

Some Londoners are using ORS Olive Oil Sheen Spray to cook. This was definitely not its intended use when the manufacturers made the product. The popular oil spray is actually made for hair. A viral post on Facebook and Twitter revealed this wrong use of the product after one student found out about it during an outing to celebrate the end of her exams. https://twitter.com/reauxbae/status/739369187743784961 20-year-old Coral had enjoyed her time alongside her friend when she found what she thought was unusual in her friend’s kitchen. What she found was ORS Olive Oil Sheen Spray, a popular hair spray for

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Here’s What Oprah, Ava Duvernay & Gayle King Think Of The “Auntie” Tag

One of the world’s most powerful women, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have weighed in on this matter of young people calling them “auntie”. The duo recognised that it’s a mark of respect, but they just don’t like being addressed that way. Winfrey and King are not the only women slapped with the tag which a lot of millennials use when referring to them as a sign of respect. Winfrey and King were asked about the nickname after Ava DuVernay, who’s also called auntie, spoke about the term in a recent interview. Oprah Winfrey is 65, but she’s not ready

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah creates Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women blog [CNN]
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Ghanaian writer creates blog where African women can talk about ‘good sex’

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Ghanaian feminist writer and blogger. 10 years ago, she started a blog, ”Adventures from the bedrooms of African women” with her friend Malaka Grant as a space where African women can share experiences of Sex and our diverse Sexualities. The blog is managed by Sekyiamah who writes for the blog alongside Malaka and various guest contributors. Posts on the blog are generally based on the personal experiences of contributors, as well as random sources of inspiration including interesting articles, conversations with friends, good sex, bad sex, bad kissers. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah ”Within the international development

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Suicide Bombing Leaves 30 Dead In Nigeria

A suicide bombing in Borno State has left 30 people, including 3 suicide bombers — 2 girls and a boy — after they detonated explosives attached to their bodies. 39 people were also injured in the attack. According to CNN, one of the bombers detonated his explosive outside a cinema hall where football fans had gathered to see a football match on Sunday night in Konduga. The head of the rescue team of State emergency operations, Bello Dambatta said at least 24 people were killed in that attack. The female bombers whose ages are unknown, detonated their explosives and killed

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Mozambique Reserve Celebrates An Entire Year Without Elephant Poaching

One of the largest wildlife preserves in Africa, Niassa reserve in northern Mozambique is marking a year without a record of elephant poaching. Over the years, thousands of animals had been killed in the reserve. The turnaround in the reserve is the result of the introduction of a rapid intervention police force and more assertive patrolling and response by air, the Wildlife Conservation Society which manages the reserve with the Government of Mozambique confirmed. According to ABC7 monitoring of the reserve with aerial surveys and foot patrols is incomplete and relies on sampling. However, despite the signs of progress recorded,

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Fake American Doctor Sued Over Death of Children In Uganda

A white woman from the United States of America, Renee Bach has been dragged to court after causing the death of hundreds of young children in Uganda. The US citizen based in Jinja, Uganda had pretended that she was a medical doctor despite the fact that she had no medical experience at all. The American “missionary” and her “Serving His Children” (SHC) non-profit organization based in Masese I in Jinja will have to answer to impersonation and murder charges at a Ugandan court. A report by TheSpy Uganda revealed that the case is already in court, as the Women’s Probono

Super Eagles World Cup Kit is back for sale
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Nigeria’s record-breaking World Cup Jersey is back

The famous Super Eagles of Nigeria’s World Cup kit that set a pre-order record when it was first rolled out is up for grabs again. In 2018, ahead of the World Cup in Russia, the Nike-designed jersey which featured a lime green and jagged zigzag pattern became the most demanded fashion item as it had over 3 million pre-order as fans worldwide eagerly anticipated to get a piece, as many lined up ready to spend as much as $90. Nigeria’s national team World Cup collection The jersey sold out so fast, that the only way those who missed out early

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Watch! Missy Elliott Bursts Into Tears As She’s Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

American rapper, Missy Elliott has been inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”. Her induction came decades after beginning his shining song writing career. Her induction into the hall of fame happened recently in New York, United States. This accomplishment makes Missy Elliott the first female rapper to be recognised as such. Also, she is just the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively. According to USA Today, the event saw the recreation of Elliott’s colourful and eccentric music videos, the same way she did in the late

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