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Phenomenal African Women Celebrated In Posters For Women's Day

Zimbabwe-born artist Ruramai "Rudo" Musekiwa celebrates phenomenal African women with a poster series for Women's Day in South Africa.

Lupita Nyong'o, Miriam MakebaAlek Wek, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Wangari Maathai are just a few of the dynamic women featured in Ruramai "Rudo" Musekiwa's Sibahle poster series. The Zimbabwe-born, Johannesburg-based artist and activist created the collection to acknowledge the contributions made by both well-known and unsung heroines from the continent in time for South Africa's National Women's Day on August 9th.


The Sibahle Poster Series is an ongoing body of work paying tribute to phenomenal African women," Musekiwa said in a press release. "The statement it seeks to make, is that our young girls can and should find inspiration right here, within the continent, within our context as a people. Women are the pillars of our society and it is imperative that we pay homage to inspirational women that not only radiate authenticity and passion within their respective crafts, but also understand how their purpose is connected to others (Ubuntu)."

Also spotlighted in the collection are Lira, Mpho SebinaAlbertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela MandelaNoni Gasa, Simphiwe Dana, Claire Mawisa, Lebo MashileLufuno Sathekge and Nandi Mngoma. "These are some of the most exceptional and influential African women of today," Musekiwa says.

The posters are part of Musekiwa's larger Sibahle movement, which you can learn more about here and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid and civil rights activist

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning Nigerian novelist

Lupita Nyong'o, Academy Award-winning Kenyan actress and director

Alek Wek, South Sudanese British model and fashion designer

Lufuno Sathekge, South African marketing and brand consultant and stylist

Simphiwe Dana, South African singer/songwriter

Nandi Mngoma, South African TV personality and singer

Mpho Sebina, Singer/songwriter from Botswana

Lira, South African singer

Lebo Mashile, South African-American poet and performer

Claire Mawisa, South African journalist

Winnie Madikizela Mandela, South African activist and politician

Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental, political activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Noni Gasa, South African fashion and media personality

Albertina Sisulu, South African anti–apartheid activist

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The Artist Is Present: Williams Chechet Utilizes Pop Art To Remind You To Know Your History

Meet the Nigerian multi-hyphenate creative whose work speaks for itself—check it out with OkayAfrica.

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He seamlessly speaks through his vibrant visuals. Chechet's past work and due props include a series centered around leaders in Nigeria, a renowned celebration of heritage called We are the North on Northern Nigeria, a CNN Africa feature, a mural for Hard Rock Cafe Lagos, live art on MTV Base, album covers for M.I., Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, clothing with Pop Caven and an American streetwear brand we can't disclose just yet. More recently, he's collaborated with Cameroonian pop artist Fred Ebami on an icon series.

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11 South African Hip-Hop Songs About Weed

4/20 Special: Here are 11 South African songs to get high to.

You can't separate hip-hop and weed. Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic was named after the herb and the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Quasimoto pretty much made careers off rapping about weed.

The tradition is alive wherever hip-hop exists. In South Africa, weed has been rapped about just as much as the aforementioned artists have. And according to Lord Quas on "America's Most Blunted" from the album Madvillainy, listening to music under the influence of weed makes it sound better.

"Listening to music while stoned is a whole new world. Most cannabis consumers report it second only to sex. And grass will change your musical habits, for the better."

In light of 4/20, we list some South African hip-hop songs, both old and new, about weed. If you're a smoker, these songs could come in handy for you today.

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