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African Celebrities Who Inspire Us

African Celebrities Who Inspire Us

ZOLA MASEKO

The Swazi director is known for his documentaries about Xenophobia. Born in 1967 when his parents were in exile, he spent his childhood and teenage years in the UK.

His first documentary Dear Sunshine was released in 1992. Moving to South Africa shortly after that, he experienced severe attacks of Xenophobia.

This inspired him to portray the issues in South Africa through documentaries.

His documentary about Sarah Baartman, a woman of Khoisan descent who was taken to London as a performer because of her ” unusual looks”, received critical acclaim.

He also won the Best African Documentary award at 1999 Pan-African Film Festival. He is currently working on a TV series called Homecoming about three MK fighters, and a movie called Liverpool Leopard.

 

PHYNO

The Nigerian rapper and songwriter Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born on October 1986 in Enugu.

He developed an interest in music in secondary school and became an expert in piano and drums. After studying Public Administration at university, he moved to Lagos to pursue a music career.

Phyno recently released his third album tyitled Deal With It featuring top Nigerian stars like Olamide, Zoro, and Don Jazzy.

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WILLY PAUL

Born in September 1993 in Mathare, the Kenyan songwriter had a rough childhood since his father died and he dropped out of school to earn money and support his family.

He was discovered by Kenyan producers at a young age and had his first single Rabuka come out in 2010.

His first album You Never Know launched in 2013, as well as four commercially successful singles from the album. His US tour in 2014 earned him worldwide success.

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The same year saw the release of the song Tam Tam that earned 2 Mdundo Awards, the Most Downloaded Gospel Artist, and the Most Downloaded Male Single.

Another famous song from Paul is the duet “I do” featuring singer Alaine, to whom he later married.

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TEKNO MILES

 

The Nigerian Musician was born on December 1992 in Bauchi. He relocated frequently within the country during his childhood years since his father was a member of the army.

His parents sent him to a music school where he learned to play guitar and piano. After graduating from this prestigious school, he was signed under K-Money, which released his first single Holiday.

The single was a commercial success. In 2012, he met the managers of the Lagosian company Made Men Music Group, who signed him in 2013.

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His singles “Dance”, and “Anything” were so successful that they received award nominations at 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

His 2015 singles Duro and Wash helped him gain recognition in the US and win awards at MTV African Music Awards in 2015. He is currently signed under Universal Music Group Nigeria…

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SIZE 8

 

Linet Masiro Munyali, a.k.a Size 8, was born on August 1987 in Nairobi.

Upon ranking the first in her class, she received a scholarship to continue with her education. After university, she auditioned for the Kenyan Producer Clemo who signed a contract with her.

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She released her first album in 2013 with successful singles like Shamba Boy, Silali and Vidonge.

Her music style changed gradually into Gospel music, and her single “Mateke” received nationwide acclaim, receiving the Video Of The Year award at 2014 Groove Awards.

 

 

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