“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart… ~ Nelson Mandela
What black people went through during South Africa’s apartheid era was REAL and should it be taken for granted. The suffering, pain and the mental torture and torment…
”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’
Most people were horrified to see what did and took to twitter to express their views
My grandfather was a survivor of the holocaust. My family have learned from history to fight against all forms of racism. Rachel Riley is disgraceful for attacking Corbyn – a principled anti-racist – in the way she has #sackRachelRiley
Just seen #sackRachelRiley was trending. Oh dear. Privileged white woman deleting the text on anti apartheid placard and replacing with her own slogan to have a pop at @jeremycorbyn. Well that distasteful.
The first president of the Republic of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda who died on June 17, 2021, of pneumonia has been mourned in a special memorial service in Zambia.
The incumbent president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu declared three weeks of official mourning for the late former president of the country.
Honoring one of Africa’s forefathers against apartheid in South Africa, the president of Zambia suspended all entertainment activities as part of the state’s last respect to the late Kenneth Kaunda. His body remains were then moved around the regions of Zambia for the citizens to pay tribute to the father of the land.
On Friday, July 02, 2021, at the Lusaka show grounds, the government of Zambia held a memorial service graced by several heads of state and dignitaries for the late former president of Zambia.
Dr. Kaunda, Zambia’s founding father’s coffin was adorned with the flag of the country and was carried by the Zambian military at the memorial grounds.
The military bid the former commander in chief of the army a farewell with a 21-gun salute at the memorial ceremony.
‘when an old man dies the villages loses its library’
Members present at the memorial were made to wave their white handkerchiefs in honour of the former president as a sign of victory in remembrance of the times he held white handkerchiefs, following his imprisonment at the time of struggle for freedom.
States officials including the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat among several others paid their last respect, recounting the legacy of the late father of the land of Zambia and the African continent.
His final funeral rites and burial service will be held on Wednesday, July 07 in a private ceremony with his family. He was 97 years old.
Kenneth Kaunda was born in April 1924 in Northern Rhodesia, present-day Zambia a politician and a teacher. He completed his education in the year 1940 and took a job role in teaching at Lubwa.
President Kaunda was then upgraded to a housemaster and then to a headmaster at the same school. Between 1947 and 1948, he moved to the coper mining area as a mine welfare officer and founded farmers Cooperative. In 1949, he worked as a Boarding Master at the Mufulira Upper School.
His political career began in the year 1950s where he contributed to founding the African National Congress (ANC) which sought to fight against racial discrimination in Central Africa. He took up the role as a general secretary for five years after it was founded in 1953 under the administration of President Harry Nkumbula.
I have been joined by fellow African Heads of State and other dignatories from across the world for a state funeral for our beloved founding father, Dr. Kaunda, in Lusaka.
Dr. Kaunda was not only a national asset, but an African icon whose influence was felt across the continent pic.twitter.com/TK1NknFCqb
Later, he separated from President Nkumbula and became the president of the Zambia African National Union from 1958 to 1959. His party was then banned over the civil war and was incarcerated for nine months. Upon his release, he founded the new United National Independence party in 1960 and took the position of president.
Two years later, he was elected to the Legislative Council. He formed an alliance government with Nkumbula’s ANC where he was offered the ministerial role of local government and social welfare.
In the process of Zambia’s independence, the country went through series of hitches but became successful with the help of the skillful diplomacy of Kenneth Kaunda over the European and smaller Asian community.
Zambia then gained independence in October 1964, Kenneth Kaunda as its president. He served as president for 27 years
Credit: Ghana Education/History/Zambia News/Research/First-hand Info
Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, the most celebrated traditional leader of South Africa’s largest tribe, Zulu has passed on.
‘When an Elder dies, a library burns to the ground’~ African Proverb
The king who stood for social justice, since apartheid era in the country and served as the major voice between the Zulu ethnic group and the government of South Africa for national unity, died at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital in Durban, South Africa.
The spokesperson said, the sad incident happened on Friday March 12, 2021 at the central hospital where he was receiving treatment for diabetes.
However, his statement did not give details of the exact cause of King Zwelithini’s death. He was 72 years.
Upon hearing the heart-breaking news, the citizens of the country especially, people of the Zulu tribe with sincere heart, have expressed their condolences to the bereaved family and the entire Zulu clan for their loss.
President of the land, President Cyril Ramaphosa also paid his tribute and on behalf South African state officials as well as the entire nation for losing such a charismatic son and leader of the land who played significant roles in the social development of South Africa.
Nothing has been discussed about his funeral arrangement yet despite, the citizens’ plea on social media to adjust a little with the coronavirus protocols to observe a well-deserved burial from the state for His Majesty, Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu.
Born on July 14 1948, King Zwelithini inherited the Zulu throne in 1968 after the death of his father, Cyprian Bhekuzulu who was then the reigning King of the Zulu tribe from 1948 until his demise in 1968.
Officially, King Zwelithini was sworn in on December 3, 1971 as the eighth monarch of the Zulu Kingdom. He gained an in-depth knowledge in traditional ruling at the Bekezulu College of Chiefs and subsequently home-schooled at the Khethomthandayo royal palace.
As an influential leader, he led the Zulu Kingdom, in resisting invasion of the territory by British soldiers in the 1800s. He also remained the voice of peace for South Africans during violent political transitions between 1980’s and 90’s.
For over 50years of powerful ruling and the only longest serving King of the ethnic group, King Zwelithini will be greatly remembered for what he stood for particularly, the highly impact he made in the social, political, economic and cultural identity of the land of his birth.
Fare thee well, King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu.
Meet Emmanuel Neba-Fuh and his PAN-African Memorial (PAM) Project
Project overview — PAN-African Memorial, also known as the Black Memorial, is an international memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world, terrorized and humiliated by colonialism and white supremacy.
Background Work on the memorial began on January 11, 2018 after President Donald Trump unleashed a vile word in reference to Africa that Americans aren’t accustomed to hearing from their president. “Shithole” entered the presidential lexicon, snatched the headlines, and sparked international outrage.
While much of the world was focused on rebuking the U.S President and insisting African countries are not “shithole,”
African enthusiast and award winning refugee rights campaigner, Emmanuel Neba Fuh argued that though it is easy to place the triumph of racism on Donald Trump‟s shoulders, he is just a manifestation of the ugliness of white supremacy.
Emmanuel began investigating the racial hierarchy white-supremacists-colonial-masters constructed with the loathsome word five centuries back that is still alive.
He was interested not only in how the word built a mysterious allure in an effort to paint Africa as a savage, untamed land for looting, dishonest acquisition of property and great human hunting, but in understanding how millions of black folks were massacred simply because they showed dignity, humanity, and just wanted to be respected as human beings.
Emmanuel Neba-Fuh pictured right with the Rt. Hon Nicholas Hurd MP, then British Minister for Civil Society and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the House of Commons (UK Parliament) / file photo
Racial terror by means of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Belgian genocide in the Congo, German genocide in Namibia, French genocide in Madagascar, Algeria, and Cameroun;
British Ethnic Cleansing in Kenya and Apartheid in South Africa, Portuguese massacres in Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique, the various wars of independence, racial segregation and Jim Crow in the U.S. (not exclusively), were especially effective because it allowed the entire black race to acknowledge their inferiority status, and know the consequence of not submitting to the white man.
It was intended to send a message that if Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world try to resist slavery, if they try to prevent the partition of their villages, if they insist on gaining independence, if they try to gain the right to vote, if they do anything that complicates white supremacy, white dominance and political power, they will be killed.
Intended to acknowledge centuries of racial terrorism, the research ultimately produced “Triumph of Racism:
The History of White Supremacy in Africa” an 800 page legendary classic book that is soon to be released. Beautifully written and expertly argued, the landmark in African studies documented racial terror genocides, massacres, and high profile assassinations (not exclusively) across the African continent, many of which had never been documented.
1 – Commemoration: Cognizance of the fact that there is currently no memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin in their ancestral homeland – Africa, Pan-African Memorial was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on Africa‟s history of racial inequality, commemorate the victims and advocate for social justice.
The memorial which is planned to set on a twenty five-acre site in Ghana will have a library dedicated to the history of Africa and the life stories and experiences of some of Africa‟s greatest sons and daughters.
The memorial will provide a sacred space (a Chapel and a Mosque) for visitors to pray and reflect about racial terrorism and its legacy.
In an effort to reshape the cultural landscape with monuments and memorials that more truthfully and accurately reflect the African history, the site will host a mega-memorial pool with a huge slave ship onboard to symbolize millions of African men and women that were transported to the Americas.
Artists will use sculpture, art, and design to capture African men and women at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean who were reportedly thrown overboard by European slave traders either because they were unruly or sick.
Overlooking the memorial pool at the center of the site will be a memorial structure in the shape of the African map. These fifty four space-structures will showcase genocides, Apartheid and massacres, detailing the various countries where the terrorism took place.
The memorial will have a special site for countless Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world who amid mortar burst, whining bullets and the pain of racism, died fighting for European colonial masters in the First and Second World Wars.
Emmanuel in the House of Commons, consulting with Hon Pauline Latham OBE MP, former UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Vice Chair, and Hon. Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng Ghana Member of Parliament / file photo
For the unsung pro-independence revolutionary heroes of Africa – Patrice Lumumba, Steve Biko, Thomas Sankara, Felix-Roland Moumie, Barthélemy Boganda, Mehdi Ben Barka, Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane, Amilcar Costa Cabral, Ruben Um Nyobe, and many others who stood up against European colonialism and were demonized as terrorist and brutally assassinated, soil will be collected in big bottles from either where they were born or buried, and transported to PAM, and public markers erected in their honor.
In honor of African-American leaders who sacrificed their lives for the black cause in the United States of America, and other parts of the world, including Harriet Tubman, Alexander Augusta, Abraham Galloway, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X (not exclusively), soil will also be collected in bottles from where they were buried and transported to PAM.
Key information about these leaders will be saved in the library and documented for future generations. Public Markers will also be erected in their honor.
The memorial will also have a remembrance wall with the names of selfless folks who shown exemplary leadership, and gone beyond their means to promote the black race.
In solidarity with African migrants who have died in the Mediterranean Sea, the jungles of Latin America, and other routes to Europe and America, in an attempt to escape a far-reaching network of state sponsored terrorism, endless civil wars, and extreme poverty/hardship, monuments will also be constructed in the honor.
2. Historical truth-telling and repair:
Research suggests that while racism had a psychological, multigenerational impact on the era of slave owners, its imprint and the trauma it left – which was maintained by pathological stereotypes and misinformation about black people – became transferrable to subsequent generations including those who never own slaves.
Built into power structures and institutions especially in America‟s Deep South, where white people were taught to propagate racism and not to see it, white supremacy became a reaction to the feeling of white people‟s social status threatened by the advancement of black folks.
The disturbing reality is that racism did real psychic damage not only to black people, but to white people too. In the circumstance of Mr Trump ‟shithole‟ remarks, it can be argued that the legacy that it created is the pattern of racial inequality and inferior status meted out on Africa and the usage of such profane language (shithole) on folks of color.
Publicly confronting the truth about history is the first step towards recovery and reconciliation. A history of racial injustice must be acknowledged and mass atrocities and abuse must be recognized and remembered, before a society can recover from hate. Public commemoration plays a significant role in prompting community-wide reconciliation.
Emmanuel during the Plenary of the Pan African Parliament in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt / fileModeled on important projects used to overcome difficult histories of genocide, apartheid, and horrific human rights abuses in other countries, PAM provides a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terrorism and its legacy in Africa and around the world.
PAM has been designed to promote a more hopeful commitment to racial equality and just treatment of all people.
The opening of PAM will be accompanied by several days of educational panels and presentations from leading international figures, performances and concerts from acclaimed artists, and a large opening ceremony to celebrate the launch of this important new African institution.
Besides the fact that Ghana was one of several West African territories at the heart of the Trans-Atlantic Trade, with a long history racial terror, the country was chosen home to PAM in honor of Kwame Nkrumah, its first Prime Minister and President.
A founding member of the Organization of African Unity, Kwame Nkrumah was an influential advocate of Pan-Africanism, and a courageous revolutionary hero who played a pivotal role in the independence of several African countries. Nkrumah also worked closely with many African-American Civil Rights leaders.
The name of the pre-independence colony Gold Coast was changed at independence to Ghana by Premier Nkrumah in honor of the once celebrated Ghana Kingdom in West Africa.
PAM library will liaise with major universities around the world to assist students with historical truth-telling about the black race. It will also host community events with internationally-acclaimed artists, writers, and scholars, films, and other programming to address a range of topics and issues relating to its work.
“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”
South African business mogul and a real estate developer, Dr. Richard Maponya has passed aways today January 06, 2020.
During the apartheid system in south Africa between 1948 and 1990s, Maponya, was still able to create a business territory and had the willpower to improve the south-western townships (Soweto) economically.
The 93 years old business tycoon who is officially known as Richard John Pelwana Maponya was born on December 24, 1920 in Tzaneen, present day Transvaal in South Africa.
At age 24, Maponya who had a diploma in education was teaching, as well as, taking inventories at a clothing manufacturing company.
In the course of the stock taking, he earned a promotion for his white boss and himself which made his boss appreciated him by selling him stained clothing and offcuts and Maponya resold them in Soweto.
However, Maponya who planned on using the money gained for the things he resold to set up a clothing shop was rejected by the then government and was never granted a license.
The intervention of Oliver Thambo and Mandela’s law firm couldn’t settle the issue regarding the clothing shop license.
Later around the 1950s, he and his wife who was a cousin of the late Nelson Madiba Mandela started a Dube Hygienic Diary business and employed boys to deliver orders to customers who had small or no refrigeration access.
His business grew with different shops including general stores, filling stations and car dealerships in the 1970s.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he became the first president of a political party named National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) he created.
In addition, he was also the founder and chairman of African chamber of commerce (ANC), which he chose green, gold and black as the party colours after being granted the permission to select his horse racing colours.
The Father of black retail as recognized by the South Africans, died after a short illness at the age of 93 this morning.
He owned the biggest shopping mall called the Maponya Mall which was established in 2007…
He also won the honour of the South African National Order, the Grand Counselor of The Baobab (GCOB) in 2007…
If you like our articles about Inspiring African Celebrities To Watch, then you will the Celebs mentioned below as well.
The current president of South Africa, Ramaphosa was born in Johannesburg in 1952. After attending primary school and high school in Soweto, he studied law at the University of the North in Limpopo.
During his university years, he joined South African Students Organization and the Black People’s Convention. He was detained in solitary confinement in 1974 for organizing pro-Frelimo rallies for Mozambique.
After being released, he became a law clerk in Johannesburg and continued pursuing higher education at the University of South Africa. He then joined the Council of Unions of South Africa as a legal adviser.
He then founded the National Union of Mineworkers in 1982 where he worked until 1991; however, he had to resign when he was elected as the Secretary General of the African National Congress.
In ANC, he served as chairman of the National Reception committee and coordinated arrangement for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was also the head of the negotiation team to end the apartheid through negotiations with the National Party government.
After losing a race to become the President to Thabo Mheki, he resigned from his political positions in 1997. Moving to the private sector, he became the director of New Africa Investments Limited.
In 2012, he reclaimed his political positions in ANC and entered the race for Deputy Presidency, which he won.
He was appointed Deputy President by Jacob Zuma in 2014 as well as the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly. Throughout the next four years, he worked on improving the international trade relations with Vietnam and Singapore.
His second run for Presidency was in 2017 (20 years after his attempt). Following Jacob Zuma’s resignation in 2018, Ramaphosa was elected as President of South Africa. He subsequently removed the cabinet members whose names were tarnished through the Zuma era.
Meet Ange Kagame, the only daughter of the current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. She is widely known for her causes and charity work.
She is a strong advocate for empowering women, a strong advocate of education and eradication of poverty as well emphasising disease immunization campaigns.
Ange Kagame was born in 1993 in Brussels and completed her education abroad away from the public eye. She went to Wellesley, Massachusetts to study political science with a minor in African studies.
Her first public appearance was in 2014 when she accompanied her father to the White House for a dinner hosted by Former President Barack Obama.
She currently continues her master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, while working for several causes that focus on women’s empowerment, education, mass vaccination campaigns and poverty.
Ange Kagame is a patron of various charitable organisations and women empowerment, disease immunization campaigns, education and eradication of poverty are things she loves taking part in.
Sbahle Mpisane is a South African fitness influencer and lifestyle coach who was born in 1993. His father was a successful tycoon from Durban, which made her somehow well-known from a young age. Her coming of age party saw the participation of then-First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.
In 2018, she had a horrible car crash in Durban which left her fighting for her life for 8 months. After full recovery, she is working even harder to lose the weight she gained during her recovery period. Besides aerobic work outs, she is also interested in martial arts, surfing and running boot camps weekly for women in Durban.
Efya, was born on 10th April, 1987 in Kumasi, Ghana. Her mother is Nana Adwoa Awindor, a renowned Ghanaian Tv host (Greetings From Abroad) and the Development Queenmother of Afigya-Kwabre district in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
During her college years, she attended Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School in Kumasi and later graduated from the University of Ghana Legon majoring in Theatre Arts and minor in music.
She became an instant hit with Ghanaians, this led to her becoming the first runner up in Charter house’s Stars of The Future television show. Efya secured a 3-year recording deal and a collaboration with Irene Logan.
The multi-talented star has since branched on her own. In 2013, she released ‘This Is Not The Album’ (the ‘T.I.N.T. Album’) and has since released many songs including:
Forgetting Me, Until the Dawn, Love, Paper Guns, Make I Love You, Mamee (with Mr Eazi) Love Genesis, Little Things, Nothing and more.
Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini is the current minister of Information and Communication technologies of Eswatini (former Swaziland) and the eldest daughter of the King Mswati III.
She attended primary and high schools in the UK and then went to California to study drama at Biola University.
Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamin then completed a master’s degree at Sydney University in digital communication. During those years, she was the center of debates in Swaziland, because 1- there were alleged rumors about her parents having spent close to 100000 USD on her trip and 2- of her Westernized lifestyle and rebellious attitude towards her family traditions.
Despite her controversies, she managed a successful business career by launching the Imbali Foundation that emphasizes health education in Eswatini.
She is currently a member of the board of directors of MTN Swaziland (a mobile telecommunications company from South Africa)
SELLO MAAKE KA-Ncube
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is one of the most reputable South African actors. He was born in 1960 in Soweto. He grew up in Pretoria before moving to London. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and participated in plays like Othello, the Suit and The Lion King.
He also started making appearances in movies in early 1990s such as Dark City, The Rutanga Tapes and Taxi to Soweto. He rose to fame in South Africa on ETV soap opera called Scandal.
Sello’s portrayal of the villain Lucas Daniel Nyathi received critical acclaim. The show was one of the longest running soap operas of South African Tv. He received awards in early 2000s for his performance in the TV series.
He currently stars in Mzansi Magic’s TV dramas; The Wueend and Rockville. He also performs in theater plays both in South Africa and abroad.
It might be hard to imagine the fusion of hip hop, pop and traditional African music, but Esau Mwamwaya is the best example of that in Malawi.
He was born in Malawi, but he moved to London in his teenage years. His success was a result of his outgoing personality and networking abilities.
While he was working at a second hand shop in Clapton, he sold a bicycle to a producer who was working with a band called Radioclit.
This opened the doors to their studio, where he collaborated with the band members and formed a project called The Very Best. Even though the lyrics were in Chichewa, the album became a commercial success.
The band featured many indie artists such as M.I.A and Vampire Weekend, which contributed further to their success. The album won several awards at the 9th Independent Music Awards.
Reggae was introduced to Malawi by the Rastafarians that lived around the lakefront, but its popularity has elevated in the nineties. Lucius Banda, one of the reggae pioneers, was born in 1970 in southern Malawi.
His singing career dates back to 1983 when he started singing with his brother who was the lead singer of the band Alleluya.
After completing primary education, he was admitted to Dorkey House in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spent one year. Upon graduation he released his first album “Son of A Poor Man” which was a commercial success.
During the recording, various reggae and gospel singers provided back vocals for him. This inspired him to shift toward reggae and led him to form his own band Zembani in 1997.
Their music put a strong emphasis on socio-economic struggles faced by Malawians, social injustice and corruption within the government units. Due to this political aspect, they became one most loved and celebrated bands in Africa…
If you like our first article about the African celebrities, here is the second edition that includes well-known and controversial figures of Africa, media personalities and R&B song writers.
Born in 1942, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is a South African politician. He served as the fourth President of South Africa between 2009 and 2018.
Although he didn’t receive any formal schooling, he started engaging in politics from the age of 17 by joining ANC as an active member of the armed wing.
He was imprisoned and convicted of conspiring against the apartheid government. He served ten years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.
After his release, he continued his political activities first as a member of ANC National Executive Committee, then as the Deputy Chief Representative in Mozambique and finally the Chief Representative.
However, the pressures of the apartheid government led to his exile from Mozambique into Zambia.
After returning from his exile in 1990, he was elected as the Chairperson for the Southern Natal region where he fought to end the political violence between parties.
When ANC became the governing party in 1994, he was elected the National Chairperson and then the Deputy President of ANC. He served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 1999 to 2005.
This was when the rumors and charges against him started. In 2005, his financial adviser was convicted of soliciting a bribe for Zuma.
He was later charged with rape but the charges were dropped later on. With his election as the President of South Africa in 2009, the charges were completely dropped although this was faced with objection from the opposition parties.
Through the extensive research and investigation in the following years, Zuma was involved in racketeering and corruption that cost South Africa’s economy 83 billion USD. Upon the election of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa in 2017 as the President of the ANC,
Zuma was pressured to resign in 2018 through a motion of no confidence in parliament. To this day, he is still facing charges for corruption and appearing in the court.
HIP HOP PANTSULA
Most people know him by this stage name, but his real name is Jabuani Tsambo. As his name suggests, he was one of the leading figures of the African Hip Hop in the 90s and 00s.
He was born in 1980 in Mafikeng, South Africa. After graduating from high school in Pretoria, he joined an amateur hip hop group called Verbal Assassins, but the group only released one album before they split up in 1997. His career path elevated with the release of alums such as Introduction in 2000, Maf Town in 2001, O Mang in 2003, Acceptance Speech in 2007 and Dumela in 2009.
He also collaborated with other South African rappers. He received MTV Africa Music Awards for the Best Video in 2009 for his song “Mpitse”
In the following decade, his career wasn’t going as expected which led him into depression. During those years he attempted committing suicide three times. Sadly, his fourth attempt succeeded in 2018 and he was found dead in his home in Johannesburg.
WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA
Winnie Mandela is the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid activist. She was born in 1936 in a village in the Eastern Cape Province. She studied international relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
When she met Nelson Mandela, he was still married to Evelyn Mase. Upon getting a divorce with Mase, he and Winnie married the following year and had two daughters from the marriage. Although the couple separated in 1992, their divorce procedure took four years.
During her husband’s imprisonment, she was a leading opponent of apartheid. Due to her opposition she was imprisoned for 1.5 years at Pretoria Central Prison where she was subjected to physical abuse. Between 1977 and 1985, she was banished to the town of Bradfort in the Orange Free State.
During the years of her banishment, she worked with NGOs and clinics, trying to raise awareness for equal rights. However, she was also involved in violent acts against the police informers and black citizens who were apartheid government collaborators.
Her group of bodyguards called Mandela United Football Club was known notoriously for their brutality against people who opposed her ideas.
After ANC became the ruling party, she was appointed as the minister of arts from 1994 to 1996 and a parliament ember from 1994 to 2003. She also was the head of the Women’s League in ANC.
She passed away in 2018 due to a severe kidney infection. Despite her conflicted past and acts of violence, she is well-regarded for her role in ending South Africa’s apartheid regime. Her life story inspired many books and films. She was portrayed by Jennifer Hudson in the 2011 movie Winnie.
Zari Hassan is a Ugandan musician and businesswoman who runs chains of schools and hotels in South Africa and in other African countries. Born in Uganda in 1980, she spent her childhood years in Jinja and then moved to London to attend a beauty school. She graduated with a diploma in cosmetology.
Her music career started in 2007 when she recorded her single Oliwange, which was nominated for the Africa Channel O Awards. However, her music career was rather short-lived.
She later moved to South Africa where she married South African socialite Ivan Semwanga. The couple had three children.
She currently has holdings for tertiary education institutions and cosmetic stores in South Africa and Tanzania…
Zodwa Wabantu is a South African Media Personality and dancer who was born in 1985. She spent her childhood years with her mother who passed away when she was eleven. Basically, her teenage years and early 20s were all about working at several jobs and trying to make ends meet.
She started dancing at clubs in Durban at the age of 28. She quickly gained recognition with her signature moves and her stage personality. She started performing at dance festivals and events.
She also appeared in the season premiere of MTV South Africa’s Behind the Story.
Her dance performances were met with mixed reviews across Zimbabwe and Zambia due to the fact that she admitted to not wearing panties during her shows.
In an interview, she also admitted to having sexual intercourse with men for money, stating the severe nature of her poverty.
She also has an 11 year old son from one of her previous relationships.
Huddah Monroe is a Kenyan Media personality who has arisen to fame with Big Brother Africa 8 show in South Africa.
She was born in 1991 in Nairobi to a father of Somali origin and a mother of Kikuyu origin. Her father passed away when she was young and her mother remarried soon after.
After allegedly being exposed to domestic violence from her step father, she ran away from home. During her teenage years, she worked as a freelance model to make a living.
Although she didn’t win the Big Brother contest, she gained enough recognition and fame among Kenyans and even across the world. She was known for incorporating western culture into Kenyan youths.
Her endless attempts to make a living earned her the nick name “the Boss Lady”. In early 2010s, she transitioned from being a model into being an entrepreneur.
Owning ten acres of land in Kenya, she cultivates food crops that are widely sold in the Kenyan and surrounding markets. She also became the brans ambassador for a beauty product called BrightenMi. Her current net worth is estimated as 3 million USD.
Ali Saleh Kiba was born in Dar es salaam, Tanzania in 1986. His debut album Cinderella in 2006 was a commercial success that broke record as the best-selling album in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
He released many singles in Afropop and R&B genres. He also collaborated with many other R&B artists including R. Kelly.
His career peaked in 2015 when he released two singles Mwana and Chekecha. The singles broke the records in Tanzania as the most downloaded songs of 2015 and won six awards at the 2015 Tanzania Music Awards.
He also received numerous TV awards and nominations from MTV Europe Music Awards, East Africa TV Awards, Watsup Music Awards and many more.
He was congratulated in person by President Jakaya Kikwete for his contribution to Tanzanian music.
The famous Tanzanian afro-pop artist Nasibu Abdul Juma was born in 1989 in Dar es Salaam. He grew up in the western part of Tandale, living with his mother at his grandmother house.
His mother recognized his talent at a young age and supported him by buying albums, helping him practice and taking him to talent shows.
He released his debut single Kamwambie and the album of the same name in 2010 and received critical acclaim due to combining elements of hip-hop, reggae, R&B and traditional African genres like taarab and dansi in his songs.
By the time he released his second album Lala Salama, he was already the highest earning Tanzanian musician.
He received seven awards at the 2014 Tanzania Music awards in categories like Best Male Writer, Best Male Artist and Male Entertainer of the Year. His collaboration with Nigerian R&B duo P-square became a world-wide hit.
Diamond is a dedicated Muslim and a strong supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party CCM…
She’ one of the most talked about athlete, however, she doesn’t let that stop her from losing focus on her goal.
Even though Caster Semenya has really suffered from issues that she’s being facing because of who she is, she still encourage people to
“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.”
Caster Semenya, had her case with IAAF. A decision was reached, now she has to regulate her testosterone levels in order to be qualify to compete in international women’s athletics.
The decision was frown upon by many people people was met with an incredible amount of controversy from the critics and herself. Now, even those without the slightest interest in athletics know about her. So, let’s have a look at her life full of achievements and constant fight against IAAF.
Caster Semenya was born on 7th January 1991 in South Africa. She has a brother and 3 sisters. She is a graduate of a University of North West and majored in sport science.
The seeds of her career were planted when she won the gold in 800 m in 2008 World Junior Championships and 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The following year, she won both the 800 m and the 1500 m races in African Junior Championships, where she also improved her personal best in 800 m. It was a world record at the time. She carried her success onto the World Championships in the same year by winning gold in 800 meters.
Her suddenly escalated success along with her masculine looks raised a lot of questions about her sex. This prompted IAAF to ask her to take a sex verification test. Although the results were not completely revealed in public, it was partially leaked.
There was a strong suggestion about Semenya having an intersex trait and elevated levels of testosterone. More importantly, people believe association failed to protect Semenya’s privacy and human rights and violation of confidentiality was heavily criticized by Africans, especially by South African politicians, activists and civic leaders.
Although IAAF’s statement was that the test was done to reassure that she wasn’t on any sort of steroids, the request for such a test was attributed to racism and sexism.
For the following eight months, she wasn’t allowed to compete in any race until the results were finalized. She was finally able to compete in two minor races in Finland, but she needed some time to reclaim her strength. During 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in women’s 800 meter where she won the silver medal, losing against Russian athlete Mariya Savinova.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency and The Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Savinova’s results which upgraded Semenya’s silver to gold. She continued winning in 2016’s South African National Olympics as well as Rio Olympics.
Although she continued to gain more and more personal records and national records, the question regarding her gender had always remained unanswered.
The controversy reached a peak when IAAF announced a new rule that required hyperandrogenous athletes to take medication to lower their testosterone levels.
Semanya, however, objected this decision stating that such medications had proven to hinder her performance. She decided to legally challenge IAAF’s decision; however, the Court Arbitration of Sport rejected her cause.
Whether the decision was fair or not, it seems that the issue will remain a trending topic all over the world and cause a clash of ideas regarding racism and gender equality.
Now that the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations is just around the corner let’s remember the birth of football in Africa.
Started in June 1956 at the FIFA congress in Lisbon.
The first African Cup of Nations was held the following year in Sudan, but it included only four nations: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. South Africa was struggling with the worldwide boycott due to its apartheid regime, which also explains why their team consisted of only white players.
The country was hence disqualified, leaving Ethiopia to the final match to play against Egypt. In the end, Egypt was the first champion. Egypt –as the winning team – hosted the next cup and won a second time.
The third AFCON was held in Addis Ababa with nine teams competing for qualification. The final four consisted of Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tunisia with Ethiopia winning the cup.
The 1960s marked the entrance of Ghana into the games. Their first appearance was in 1963, where they won against Sudan and became the champion for the first time. Two years later, they competed with a completely different team, yet they managed to win again.
In 1968, the quota of the final tournament was increased from 4 to 8 with 22 teams competing for qualification. Once qualified, the eight teams competed for the semifinals in two separate groups of four. The four winning teams then competed for the grand finale. DRC was the winner of 1968 after beating Ghana.
The matches were aired on TV for the first time in 1970. The 70s was the decade of the first time. The 1974 Cup was the first and only time the final game had to be repeated because the first game ended up in a tie.
Morocco won for the first time in 1976 while Ghana won for the third time in 1978. This victory made Ghana the first nation to win three championships. Also, DRC became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1974.
During the 1980s, Cameroon made a significant breakthrough, winning two of the five games and reaching the final in a third cup. Algeria was also dominant, reaching the semifinals in almost all of the games except the AFCON in 1986. They eventually won in 1990.
The 1990s was a turning point in AFCON because the concept of the quarterfinals was introduced, for which 12 teams qualified. Ivory Coast was the first winner of this new system.
Another major event of the 90s was the revival of South Africa since they made their first appearance after the boycott was lifted with the end of Apartheid in 1994. South Africa hosted the games in 1996, where the final tournament quota was increased to 16. They won the competition that year and reached the final the following year.
During the late 90s and the 00s, Egypt outshined by winning three more titles and having six in total. Egypt was also the first team to win three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The 2000s was also the beginning of signing overseas players for the African teams; however, this caused severe time conflicts as the other continental football matches clashed with AFCON. Starting from 2013, the tournament has been held in only odd-numbered years to avoid time conflicts with the World Cup.
There were several political conflicts in Africa in the 2010s that disrupted the tournament. The civil wars in North Africa prevented their teams from either hosting or joining the cups. Besides, the 2015 game suffered a few relocations and delays due to the Ebola virus epidemic.
Currently, AFCON continues without further disruption. The 2019 game going on in Egypt. Has 24 teams instead of 16.
When it comes to the entertainment and film industry in South Africa, Hlomla Dandala is one of the first names to come to mind.
Not only did he star in many movies, but he also presented reality shows in the past. Hlomla Dandala was born in 1974.
His father was Mvumelwano Mvume Dandala, was a former bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the COPE candidate for the presidency in South Africa’s 2009 general elections.
The Most sought After Actor In Africa
His debut was in 1998 when he played Derek Nyathi in the soap opera Isidingo which aired for a long time. One year after his exit from the show in 2001, he appeared as the host of a reality show called All You Need Is Love.
The series based on a Dutch TV show with the same premise, where the contestants were allowed to surprise their loved ones through creative surprises.
The show was broadcast in 12 countries including the USA, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Mexico.
In addition, he took a small part in the movie Lord of War alongside Nicholas Cage in 2005.
2007 was a golden year from Dandala since he starred in M-Net’s prime time drama series Jacob’s Cross.
He starred in the role of businessman Jacob Abayomi, a successful businessman and a son of an ANC member.
He later found out that his actual father was a Nigerian Tribal Chef.
The show aired for six years under Africa Magic, SABC, and M-Net. Dandala had a significant role in the medical drama series called Jozi-H, which as a collaboration of South Africa and Canada.
He had some experience as a director, first in 2006 with the TV movie The Bet for The Heartlines and some episodes of drama series such as Hard Copy, Gaz’lam, Generations, and Backstage later on.
Perhaps, his international breakthrough was in 2012 when he starred in the Ghanian film Contract in 2012.
He played a wealthy and successful businessman Peter Poplampo, who avoids having longtime relationships with women. The movie was a significant success in Africa as it was nominated in six different categories at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards, one of them being the Best actor in a leading role for Dandala.
Another recent work of importance is a miniseries called Madiba. Madiba is an American drama series about the life of Nelson Mandela portrayed by Laurence Fishburne.
Dandala portrayed the South African politician and anti-apartheid activist Govan Mbeki who was imprisoned in Robben Island along with Nelson Mandela.
He currently stars in a South African TV series called the River. He is among the main cast as Zweli Dikana, the husband of the businesswoman and mine owner Lindiwe Dikana (the protagonist).
His character serves as the provincial police commissioner in Pretoria…
Inspirational Stories: Inspiring & Exciting African Celebrities to watch in 2019!
Africa is known for being a vibrant and eccentric continent, rich in culture and full of diversity. While Africa is home to magnificent nature and animals it has also been blessed with young change makers who are inspiring the youth to pursue their dreams.
These celebrities have redefined what success means for the next generation and all while making a change in their societies, we have followed their journeys from the beginning, and we are excited to see what’s in store for them.
Here’s a list of 10 Inspiring and Exciting African Celebrities to watch in 2019 in no particular order:
This young South African first burst onto our screens when she entered MTV’s VJSearch in 2012, however she didn’t win the contest and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Nomzamo Mbatha landed her first role as an actress in the hit TV soapy ISIBAYA then she went on to Star in hit Movie Tell Me Sweet Something.
She was born in a small township (KwaMashu) in Durban South Africa and had a challenging childhood as she lost her Father at a young age.
The story of Nomzamo Mbatha is inspiring as it is one of a young girl overcoming adversity to become successful. She has gone on to represent Brands Like Audi, Neutrogena, Puma and was recently named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
This young woman is one to watch in 2019.
Angolan-born Model made history as the first woman of colour to walk the runway with her Afro in 2013 and this has inspired other African models to confidently wear their natural hair on the runway.
Maria was born in the Angolan Civil War and lost her parents at the age of 11. To make a living, she entered the “Elite Model Look Angola” contest where she was scouted by an international agent and this launched her career.
She has walked the runway for Tom Ford, Balmain and has become the Global Ambassador for L’Oréal.
An American Actress of Zimbabwean descent who was born in Iowa to Parents who later moved back to Zimbabwe when she was five. She is best known for her roles in the hit show Walking Dead and as a fierce warrior in Black Panther.
Danai started acting when she attended a children’s performing arts workshop at 13 and has never looked back.
She moved back to the States to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree where she also uncovered her passion for writing.
Gurira said she began writing plays to tell stories that convey ideas about strong women she identifies with.
She has received numerous awards for her plays including the NAACP Theatre award for best playwright. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to in 2019.
King SMADE (Adesegun Adeosun Jr)
King SMADE is one of the African Celebrities putting Africa on the map through Music/Events/Festivals and more.
He’s the only event organiser in the U.K who has been able to bring all the top African Stars to Europe for sold out concerts, the likes of Davido, Diamond, Platniumz, Tiwa Savage and more.
Just like the saying no hard work goes unnoticed, King SMADE was at the House of Commons UK to pick up an award for his contributions and promotion of African Culture & Music.
King SMADE took to his social media handles with the photo below and caption
”such as musSecond time at the House of The Lords this year being a recipient of another award. Thank You #EuroKnowledge#DrAlexItkin.
Thanks to everyone promoting the African Culture & Music. Special Thanks to my Team of soldiers at #TeamSMADE & the amazing Talents & Superstars making us proud.”
This radio personality has successfully built a loyal audience in Nigeria through her radio show The Morning Drive on 93.7 FM. She made her major debut when she appeared on the morning drive which led to more television opportunities.
Toke lost her parents at the tender age of 8 years which she talks about in her book “On Becoming”. Regardless of her struggles, she is one of the most sought-after Nigerian media personalities and that’s why she is the one to watch.
The “Born a Crime” author is known for turning life’s struggles into humorous comedy. Born into the Apartheid era to a black Xhosa Mother and a white Swiss-German Father where interracial relationships were illegal.
Trevor’s parents managed to keep their relationship and their child a secret.
Some of his experiences growing up would become the subject of Noah’s comedic work.
Having appeared on a popular soap when he was 18, Noah began to host a show Noah’s Ark on a popular radio station which he later dropped to pursue comedy.
His career in comedy blossomed, and in 2009, he hosted one man show Daywalker which led him to touring the United States.
International Television shows soon caught up with Trevor Noah and in 2015 he was named the host of the Daily show succeeding Jon Stewart.
Trevor Noah’s journey is one of overcoming life situations regardless of your background.
A fashion model who is known for being one of the first dark skinned models to appear on fashion covers in the 90s.
She was born into the South Sudanese Dinka Tribe in 1977 and was discovered at an outdoor market in Crystal Place at the age of eighteen.
She has been in fashion and advertising campaigns for big brands which include Vogue, Clinique, Victoria Secret just to mention a few. Life wasn’t always easy for her.
She had a rough upbringing as her life was turned upside down by the outbreak of the civil war in 1982 which destroyed their homes.
Wek lost her father and was separated from her family for over four years. She has since gone back home to Sudan to establish a foundation.
She also launched and expanded education, healthcare and agriculture projects where she is impacting the lives of over 700,000 individuals.
A South African fashion photographer with a growing Global footprint. His career blossomed when he was named ELLE Magazine’s first ever style reporter in 2012.
Born and raised in Kimberly, this vibrant Artiste has always had an eye for fashion and story telling.
He has and has had various mediums to portray his stories including big Magazines like Elle and Glamour.
She is one of the Forbes 30 under 30 2018 recipients and was recognized as a writer and actress. Coutinho was born in Kampala, Uganda and has had a passion for writing since she was 17.
She writes shows that tackle issues to do with gender equality and in 2012 she wrote Kawuna..You’re It addressing inequality with regard to HIV/AIDS.
Recently, she was selected as one of Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Filmmaking Fellowship for her script immigration in Africa.
She is one young woman determined to change the narrative for women in Africa and the world.
She is an international filmmaker and actress who made her debut Award Winning performance in 12 years a slave as Patsey. Born in Mexico to Kenyan Parents.
Lupita started acting as a teenager in Kenya and went on to work behind the scenes of the film the constant gardener.
Went on to produce a documentary In My Genes which followed stories of several Kenyans living with Albinism.
Lupita is a symbol of strength and confidence to a lot of young women who are ashamed of their dark skin…but she has come to own her beautiful skin.
She starred as a female lead in Block Buster Movie Black Panther and is one African woman making waves in Hollywood.
“Queen B,” as she is popularly known is a South African TV presenter, entrepreneur, radio personality and philanthropist.
She was born in Mahikeng and got her first breakthrough at the age of 15 on a television show.
She then went to school to pursue a degree in Marketing but was unable to finish because of financial difficulties but she was not deterred.
Her first media job came with her show Live, aired in 2007 which quickly gained popularity and became the most watched show in South Africa.
She went on to host a show called the B-Hive after being rejected for two years. In 2017, she launched the Bonang Matheba Bursary which helps young girls from under privileged backgrounds to access college education.
She also launched her reality show Being Bonang in 2017 and it has been renewed for Season 3, as well as a documentary, Public Figure aired at Cannes Film Festival, which seeks to educate the youth on the use of social media.
We have witnessed her journey from the very beginning, and we are sexcited to see what 2019 brings for her…