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44 African Countries Signed The Continental Free Trade Agreement, Here Are The Ones That Didn't

Africa's two biggest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, withheld from signing the agreement to establish The African Continental Free Trade Area.

The African Union (AU), reached new heights for its Agenda 2063 project in its recent summit where 44 African countries united to sign an agreement to establish The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Two of Africa's largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, withheld their signatures from the AfCFTA, along with nine other member countries. This agreement marks a new, important chapter of the AU's project 2063, which is an outline to transform Africa's socio-economy over the next 50 years. Although, the absence of signatures did not completely halt AfCFTA's establishment, it certainly hurts the image and uniting agenda of the African Union.

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In Conversation with Director Rungano Nyoni of BAFTA Award-Winning Debut Film, 'I Am Not A Witch'

We speak with the Zambian filmmaker about her creative process and the film's continued success.

Rungano Nyoni is the writer and director whose debut feature film, I'm Not A Witch, was awarded the "Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer" by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this February in London. Shot in Zambia, the film is primarily about Shula, an 8-year-old girl played by newcomer Maggie Mulubwa, and her experience at a camp for women accused of witchcraft.

In 2017, Nyoni also won "Best Director" at the British Independent Film Award in the same year the film won "Best Feature" at the African International Film Festival held in Nigeria. In a phone interview with OkayAfrica, the Zambian-born filmmaker talks at length about the nature of her film, beliefs in witchcraft, her filmmaking process and its continued success since its release in May last year.

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Spotify Finally Arrives In South Africa

One of the biggest music streaming companies in the world finally comes to South Africa.

After eleven years in the business, Spotify has finally made the brilliant decision to bring its renowned service to Africa for the first time, starting in South Africa.

South Africans will now join the roughly recorded 159 million individuals already subscribed to Spotify in over 60 other countries.

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