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Meet the 5 African Innovators Who've Been Named TED2018 Fellows

This group of African innovators will "spread ideas worth spreading" at TED2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

TED2018 will take place on from April 10-14 in Vancouver, Canada, and this year's fellows have just been announced.

This year's theme is "The Age of Amazement," and like every year, the list of fellows is an enthusiastic group of bright, game-changing thinkers from across the globe who will receive TED's support in amplifying their groundbreaking work. The network of TED fellows currently includes 453 entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, teachers, doctors, journalists and more, from 96 different countries.

For the first time, this year's fellows includes forward-thinking individuals from Thailand, Syria and Ukraine. Once again, the list includes a bevy of innovators from across the African continent and diaspora whose work is shifting culture and offering bright, technologically driven solutions to some of society's most pressing challenges.

This year list includes a total of three fellows and two senior fellows from the African continent, learn more about them below.

Faith Osier

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Kenyan-German doctor, who studies the effects of malaria. Osier is using her research to develop groundbreaking malaria vaccines.

Yasin Kakande

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Ugandan author and investigative journalist working to uncover the human rights violations against migrant workers. He has produced several critical reports on issues impacting Ugandan women and children. Kakande was named fellow last year, but will present this year in Vancouver.

Saran Kaba Jones

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Liberian clean water advocate and founder of FACE Africa, an organization that brings water and safe sanitation to rural communities across the continent through local-based WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) initiatives. Kaba Jones was also named a fellow in 2017, but will head to Vancouver this year to present her work.

Senior Fellows

David Sengeh

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Kenyan and Sierra Leonean biomechatronics engineer designing and utilizing new healthcare technologies to fight disease in Africa.

Aziza Chaouni

Moroccan civil engineer and architect using technology to create sustainable environments in the Middle East.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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