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Five African writers shortlisted for Caine Prize, Stormzy helps fan pay for Harvard and more.

DIASPORA—Three Nigerians, a South African and a Sudanese writer have been shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writers.


Nigerian writers, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Chikodili Emelumadu and Arinze Ifeakandu have each earned nominations for their works, which were 3,000 to 10,000 each. Sudan's Bushra al-Fadil, whose work was translated from Arabic to English and Magogodi oaMphela Makhene from South Africa are also nominated.

Read more about this year’s Caine Prize nominees, here.

DIASPORA—British-Ghanaian grime heavyweight, Stormzy made a crowdfunding donation of 9,000 (GBP) to help Fiona Asiedu, a student at Oxford, continue her education Harvard. The musician made the donation after Asiedu, reached out to him on Twitter, and helped her reach her intended goal of 12,000 (GBP) before her four week deadline.

Read the full story here.

DIASPORA—The Billboard Awards are this Sunday (May 21) and Nigeria’s very own, Wizkid is up for seven awards, including “Top R&B Song,” “Top Selling Song” and “Top Collaboration,” for his work on Drake’s “One Dance.” Check below to see all of Wizkid's nominations, and here for the full list of 2017 nominees.

ETHIOPIA—Yonatan Tesfaye, an Ethiopian opposition leader, has been found guilty of “encouraging terrorism” through Facebook statuses which he wrote in December of 2015. In his posts, Tesfaye accused the government of using “force against the people instead of using peaceful discussion.”

It was ruled that his statements did not fall within the parameters of “free speech.” Tesfaye faces up to 20 years of imprisonment. Read more, via BBC Africa.

DIASPORA—Chuck Davis, the artist credited with introducing African forms of dance to America, passed away on Sunday (May 14) at the age of 80. The cause of his death has not been released

Davis was the director of the African American Dance Ensemble and the popular Dance Africa Festival, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Brooklyn. Davis started the festival 44 years ago in May of 1977. Read more on Davis’ life and career, here.

 

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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