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

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

Grammy award-winning singer, Angélique Kidjo, humanitarian and activist, Ilwad Elman, and Booker Prize shortlisted author, Tsitsi Dangarembga, made the list along with many other phenomenal women.

TheBBC has released its annual 100 Women list. The list is a global compilation of formidable and driven women who are change leaders in their respective fields. These prolific women have been actively working unceasingly despite a turbulent year following the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. Grammy award-winning Beninese singer, Angélique Kidjo, Somalian activist, Ilwad Elman and Zimbabwean author and activist,Tsitsi Dangarembga, made the list alongside with many others.

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The 2020 BBC100 Women list selects influential women from around the world in four categories: identity, creativity, knowledge and leadership. Kidjo has been acknowledged for her notable cultural work, having recently won the Grammy for her Celia album in the "World Music Album" category. Kidjo is also a Unicef Ambassador for children's rights and runs her own organisation, Batonga, which advocates for the education of girls.

Elman is listed for her humanitarian work in Somalia. Elman recently won the prestigious German Africa Prize in October of this year for her continued work in rehabilitating child soldiers and sexual violence survivors. Additionally, Dangarembga is on the list for her award-winning writing. Dangarembga was also actively involved in Zimbabwe's anti-governmental demonstrations this past July where she was arrested by authorities. Zambian artist and curator, Mulenga Kapwepwe is acknowledged for marking Zambian's women's historical contribution to the nation. She, along with Samba Yonga, co-founded the narrative-changing Zambian Women's History Museum.

Other notable women on the list are: Ethiopian footballer, Loza Abera Geinort,Moroccan rapper and women's rights activist, Houda Abouz, Mayor in Sierra Leone, Yvonne Aki-Swayerr andclimate change activist, Vanessa Nakate,who recently interviewed with Doha Debatesabout environmental racism and climate change activism in Africa. Somaliland's Ubah Ali and Tanzanian lawyer, Rebeca Gyumi,have also been honoured on the list.

Nigerian filmmaker and LGBT activist, Uyaiedu Ipke-Etim, makes the list for her film Ifẹ́ (which means "love" in Yoruba) and tells the story of two Nigerian lesbians. The film was controversially censored in Nigeria where homosexuality is currently illegal. South African singer Zahara, real name Bulelwa Mkutukana, is also on the list.

BBC100 Women deliberately left a blank spot as a tribute to all the women who have made sacrifices in their respective communities.

Of course, our summation is certainly not an acknowledgement of all the incredible African women featured on this year's prestigious list. Read up on the rest of the list on the BBC.


Wande Coal and Olamide Team Up On 'Kpe Paso'

Nigeria's Wande Coal and Olamide share "Kpe Paso," a colorful, rhythmic display of Yoruba's cultural intricacy.

Afrobeats veteran Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal and industry heavy weight and YBNL boss, Olamide have collaborated on "Kpe Paso," a song that showcases their musical prowess and appreciation for Yoruba culture. In the record, the two artists, who have Yoruba backgrounds bring their renowned style to the forefront, with Wande Coal's signature vocals merging seamlessly with Olamide's sonics. The majority of the song is sung in Yoruba.

The majority of the song is sung in Yoruba, and produced by Nigerian record producer, Kel P Vibes. The music video was directed by Jyde Ajala.

This is Wande Coal's first single for 2023, and in the past the afrobeats icon has worked with Olamide on a record called "Hate Me." Their reunion on "Kpe Paso" showcases their rhythmic chemistry and lyricism.

Wande Coal has created a successful 17-year career that begun under the influence of Mo' Hits Records, a record label that was founded and led byD'banj and Don Jazzy. Ever since the release of his first album Mushin 2 Mo' Hits, the Lagos-born crooner has been on a career upswing ever since.

"Kpe Paso" is scheduled to be a part of Wande Coal's upcoming album Legend Or No Legend which will be released on March 30.

Watch the colorful music video for "Kpe Paso" below 


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The recent announcements of Uncle Waffles and Major League DJz being billed to play at Coachella and Tomorrowland, respectively, earmarks the continuing steady rise of amapiano on the global stage. Drake (who recently likened listening to Kelvin Momo’s music to a religious experience) included some ‘piano tracks in his DJ set at a listening session in NYC. After its introduction to the festival last year, Afrochella’s Piano People stage is also heading to Miami this coming May with the likes of Focalistic, Musa Keys, Vigro Deep and TxC expected to perform.

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