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South Africa's BLF Party Has Been Found Guilty of Hate Speech

The political party's controversial slogan 'Land or Death' has been found to constitute hate speech by the Equality Court.

South Africa's minor political party, Black First Land First (BLF), has been ordered by the Equality Court to remove their 'Land or Death' slogan from their public platforms including social media, regalia as well as website within one month of the court's ruling.

The slogan refers to any opposition to the land expropriation without compensation that will soon take place in South Africa.


The BLF has been causing quite a media storm this year. What began as more of a Black radical political movement has now become a fully fledged political party that only Black South Africans may join.

READ: South African Black Twitter is Freaking Out Over the Upcoming Elections

Just last year, Andile Mngxitama, the leader of the BLF, was in trouble after he claimed that his party would "kill five White people for every one Black person killed because of taxi violence", according to News24.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) subsequently reported him to both the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Equality Court for inciting violence against White South Africans.

Now, the same Equality Court has ruled that the party's slogan constitutes hate speech and that they should remove it.

However, BLF's Deputy President, Zanele Lwana, has responded to the court's ruling by saying:

"We are not going to apologise for having 'Land or Death' as a slogan. We are not going to remove 'Land or Death' from any of our platforms or T-shirts. We are going to take this matter on appeal. We believe we are protected within the confines of the Constitution in terms of freedom of expression and association. We believe a different court will get to a different judgment."




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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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Photo still courtesy of Chika Okoli.

This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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