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Documentary: Malawi's Joyce Banda in 'Madam President'

Short documentary on African president Joyce Banda's challenges to transform Malawi in just two years before the 2014 election.


Filmmakers Nick Francis and Marc Francis present "Madam President" a Speakit Films Production. The short film follows Malawi's first female president, Joyce Banda. Assuming office as President after the sudden death of  President Bingu wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda has just two years to convince Malawians to support her efforts to transform Malawi. As the film commences Banda expresses her trepidation of the work she has ahead:  It's heavy on me because my fear is that we've wasted fifty years. There's been little progress of changing the status of people at grassroots. It's heavy, but I'm able to carry it. Why? Because I'm an African woman and that is how we are trained. To carry heavy loads. We are brought up that nothing is unbearable."

Produced in association with The Guardian and supported by WorldView, the documentary situates itself as an introduction to Joyce Banda, outlining the challenges she faces and in some ways ends where it starts. Particularly interesting moments of the film feature Banda's preference for working with the Chinese, who make deals happen in the now- as opposed to Western countries with long lists of demands making it difficult to comply without delay. Check out the documentary below to get an insight on Malawi's first female president as she prepares to show her country that she's the woman for the job.

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This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.

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DJ Spinall's New Album Is A Star-Packed Afrobeats Party

DJ Spinall assembles afrobeats' biggest names for his new album, 'Dreams.'

For his third album, Dreams, DJ Spinall assembles some of afrobeats' biggest names.

The first track features Niniola, who's made house music her mainstay, keeping her fashionably out of step with whatever is on-trend. "Thinking About Your Love" might be reminiscent of Kenny Thomas' 1991 song of the same title, but save for this phrase and accompanying melody, the song is very much Niniola's particular way of grafting Yoruba and Nigerian English onto South African house.

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Photo courtesy of Art X Lagos.

Art X Lagos: West Africa's International Art Fair Returns Bigger and Bolder

We catch up with Art X Lagos founder Tokini Peterside on what to look forward to as West Africa's international art fair returns November 3.

One of West Africa's largest art fairs, Art X Lagos, is back for its second installment with bigger and bolder offerings. The three day event running from November 3 to 5 will showcase contemporary African art from 15 countries and feature 14 galleries representing African artists on the continent and the diaspora.

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