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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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Boity's Hometown Takes Centre Stage In Her New Music Video

Boity has released the music video for her latest single 'O18's Finest' which features Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill.

South African rapper Boity has finally shared the visuals for her latest single "018's Finest" featuring Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill. The single comes off Boity's EP 4463, which dropped last December. Marked as a fan favourite "018's Finest" borrows from Boity's hometown dialing code. The 31-year-old rapper hails from Potchefstroom, affectionately known as Potch, a quaint town in South Africa's North West province. The music video highlights the lesser known aspects of hip-hop culture in the otherwise sleepy town.

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Listen to Chimurenga Renaissance & King Britt's New Single 'Zimbabwe', Featuring Nadine Stoddart

'Zimbabwe', the new single from Zimbabwe's alternative band Chimurenga Renaissance, is an effortless fusion of soul and rap.

Chimurenga Renaissance has returned with a new single titled ''Zimbabwe". The Chimurenga Renaissance duo, made up of Tendai 'Baba' Maraire and Hussein Kalonji, have partnered with producer King Britt and added sultry vocals from Nadine Stoddart. The single pays homage to Dumisani Maraire, Tendai 'Baba' Maraire's father.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Tru Hitz and Co Kayn Drop Joint EP ‘The Wave’

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