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Africa’s First Ever Fencing Medalist Dedicates Bronze to Arab Women

Tunisian fencer Ines Boubakri clenches a Bronze medal in a foil match against Russia’s Aida Shanaeva. She's the first African to clench a medal in fencing.

Fencer Ines Boubakri is the first athlete from the African continent to earn a spot on the winner’s podium in fencing.


The Tunisian athlete had a major win against Russia’s Aida Shanaeva, scoring a bronze medal in an individual third-place foil Wednesday, First Post reports.

Boubakri dedicated the medal to “the Tunisian woman, the Arab woman...who had her place in society.”

Her win was an epic one as she initially struggled against her Russian opponent. Shanaeva, who had beaten Boubakri at the world championships in Moscow last year, went up 7 to 4 by the end of the first period, and Boubakri had to battle back before she triumphed over her rival 15 to 11.

“I hope that this will be a message for all Tunisians, especially our youth, all Tunisian women, the Arab woman,” the 27-year-old Olympian says. “A message which says that you must believe that women exist and they have their place in society.”

Boubakri’s triumph in the Rio games brings to mind Queen Bey's lyric, “A winner don’t quit on themselves.”

You can check out a compilation of the bronze-medalist’s signature screech from the London Olympics here along with catching Boubakri's match and medal ceremony below.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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