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Kagame Shows Off His First African Union E-Passport Stamp

Chadian President Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony offered an occasion for Rwandan President Kagame to pick up his first e-passport stamp.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, one of the first two recipients of the African Union’s new e-passport that launched last month in Kigali, got to use the official document en route to the latest coronation of Chad's president for life Idriss Deby—the second beneficiary of Africa’s new passport system.


While en route to Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony held at the Grand Hotel N'Djamena Monday—which has been met with protest—Kagame tweeted this photo of the first stamp in his snazzy, red and gold passport book.

It’s a rare look at the travel permit that is expected to be rolled out to all Africans by 2018, despite only 13 out of the 54 AU countries having access to the required biometrics technology, while others have yet to relax their visa restrictions. It's hoped that the contactless smart-card passports can increase mobility for Africans on the continent as well as stimulate individual countries’ economies through increased trade and cooperation.

 

"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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