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Ugandan climate advocate, Vanessa Nakate, is photographed at her home in Kampala, during an interview with AFP on January 28, 2020.

Davido, Amoaka Boafo, Vanessa Nakate, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr & More Make 'Time 100 Next' List

The 2021 'Time 100 Next' list features Davido, Olugbenga Agboola, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Amoaka Boafo, Nsé Ufot, Vanessa Nakate and more outstanding Africans.

Time has announced its annual Time 100 Next list. The highly coveted list, currently in its second year, recognises outstanding people from across the world in different sectors such as politics, entertainment, literature, leadership and innovation. Nigerian singer Davido, Seirra Leonean politician Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Zimbabwean-born actor Regé-Jean Page and Ugandan activist Vannesa Nakate are just a few of the Africans representing the continent.

Read: Here are the African Women on the 2020 BBC '100 Women' List

Ghanaian painter Amoaka Boafo is the only African-born artist featured in the artist category. His work, according to Time "highlights Black identity and the African diaspora with complexity and warmth". Boafo is listed alongside African-American actors John David Washington and LaKeith Stanfield.

Regé-Jean Page of Bridgerton fame and Davido made it into the "Phenoms" list for their outstanding talent. African women have represented on the leaders category with Vannessa Nakate and Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr recognised for their climate activism and political activism respectively. The Nigerian-American writer Ijeoma Oluo, who writes on race dynamics in America, flies the banner high in the advocate category.

Nigeria's dominance on this year's Time 100 Next list is undeniable. Damilola Odufuwa, Odunayo Eweniyi, Feyikemi Abudu have made the list for their advocacy during the #EndSARS protests. The three women, who are founders of the Feminist Coalition, used technology to collect funds for #EndSARS at a time when Nigerian banks had allegedly closed down bank accounts of protestors. They reportedly raised more than 387,000 US dollars in Bitcoin.

Technological innovator Nigerian Olugbenga Agboola has clinched a spot in the innovator catergory. Agboola's silicon valley company, Flutterwave, assisted many small businesses with online transactions during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nsé Ufot, who was born in Nigeria, stands along with Agboola in the category for her work that ensured the dismantling of voter suppression in the U.S. Ufot is recognised for starting a non-profit to register voters in the state of Georgia where she grew up.

This year's Time100 Next list is remarkable and the above is only a summation of the outstanding people. Read the full list on Time magazine's website.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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