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'Black Panther' Rakes In R16.8 Million In Its Opening Weekend In South Africa

Numbers do not lie.

Black Panther opened in South Africa on Friday.

The hype didn't just end on Twitter, as the movie's box office numbers are impressive and record-breaking.


According to a report by SowetanLIVE, Black Panther earned R16.8 million ($1.4 million) in its opening weekend (16 to 18 February), and attracted more than 200k viewers.

This is the biggest ever opening for a Marvel Studios movie in South Africa. It is also the third biggest opening weekend in the country.

Black Panther has received mostly positive reviews from both media and the general public alike in South Africa.

Issues of representation, great depiction of Africa and Africans and the visibility of black women, are among some of the many things the movie gets right. And the humor is great, too.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.