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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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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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