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Meet the 8 African Players Who've Been Newly Drafted Into the NBA

These players hailing from across the continent are set to have promising careers as new NBA athletes.

The 2019 NBA Draft went down Thursday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where 60 talented hopefuls from college basketball and international leagues were drafted into the NBA.

As our recent preview mentioned, eight players with roots stemming from the continent were in the running for this next step in their professional careers. Out of the prospects, two new and unexpected faces were selected.

Get to know them below.


Chuma Okeke | Nigeria

Okeke was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round as the 16th pick. The 20-year-old forward was born in Georgia to a Nigerian father and played for Auburn University.

Read his draft board here.

Chikezie 'KZ' Okpala | Nigeria

Okpala, 20, was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round as the 32nd pick. The rookie small forward, who played for Stanford University, was born in California to his Nigerian-born parents—Martin and Mary Okpala.

Read his draft board here.

Rui Hachimura | Benin + Japan

Hachimura indeed made history becoming the first Japanese-born player to be drafted into the NBA. The rookie power forward from Gonzaga University was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the first round as the ninth pick.

Read his draft board here.

Sekou Doumbouya | Guinea

Doumbouya is the French professional basketball player coming from team Limoges CSP of the LNB Pro A league. The small forward was also drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons as the 15th pick.

Read his draft board here.

Mfiondu Kabengele | Democratic Republic of Congo

Kabengele, the nephew of NBA vet and Hall of Fame inductee Dikembe Mutumbo, was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round as the 27th pick. The rookie center grew up in Canada and attended Florida State University.

Read his draft board here.

Bruno Fernando | Angola

Fernando was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round at the 34th pick. The rookie center attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he averaged 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game by his sophomore year.

Read his draft board here.

Bol Bol | Sudan

Although it was anticipated for Bol Bol to be selected in the first round, the center and son of the late Manute Bol was drafted by the Miami Heat head in the second round as the 44th pick. Bol was then traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Read his draft board here.

Olumiye Oni | Nigeria

Oni was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round as the 58th pick, but was then traded to the Utah Jazz. The shooting guard who played for Yale University has made history becoming the first player from the Ivy League to be drafted since Jerome Allen was selected in the second round from University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Read his draft board here.

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

READ: Op-Ed: In Defense of the Black Boogeyman

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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