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Cameroonian Scholar Olivette Otele Is Now the UK's First Black Woman History Professor

The colonial and post-colonial expert was appointed professorship and a chair in history at Bath Spa University.

This Cameroonian-born scholar and historian has finally been acknowledged for her contributions to academia in a history-making way this week.

Dr. Olivette Otele, a colonial and post-colonial specialist, has been appointed professorship and a chair in history at Bath Spa University, BBC confirms. This makes her Britain's first black women history professor.

The historian also made the announcement on Twitter, where she hopes this accomplishment makes way for black women and women of color to shake more tables in academia and in history.


Dr. Otele earned a PhD in history from Universite La Sorbonne in France. Her concentration included "examining questions related to the transatlantic slave trade, slave societies, identities and post-colonial societies in the Atlantic world," according to her personal statement on Bath Spa University's website.

"I wanted to work on poetry/literature but a huge sense of injustice and the need to inquire into the roots of inequality took over," she says, explaining what made her pursue a career in history, to The History Vault. "I was determined to make African-American historian and activist Anna Julia Cooper proud."

She's currently researching transnational history and the connection between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts.

Afro-Europeans: A Short History is Dr. Otele's forthcoming book. It will be the first academic text that dives deep into the long history of people of African descent in Europe.

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Makhalanjalo has released his highly-anticipated single "Thand'izinto". The single is the latest offering from the the relatively new artist who has swept through Cape Town's music scene. "Thand'izinto" comes ahead of the upcoming album Amanzi.

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Burna Boy's "Destiny" has reportedly been included in the US presidential inauguration playlist. The international Nigerian artist is the only African that features on the 46-track playlist which will usher in the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris. The playlist was produced in partnership with Insecure creator Issa Rae's music label, Raedio. The playlist comes ahead of the inauguration ceremony which will be taking place later this evening. Burna Boy also featured on former President Barack Obama's Summer playlist in 2020.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

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Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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