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Celebrated Kenyan Author, Dr. Margaret Ogola, Honored With Google Doodle

The author of the seminal novel "The River and the Source" is remembered on what would have been her 61st birthday.

Kenyan author, activist, and doctor Margaret Ogola is the latest African icon to be commemorated with a Google Doodle.

Google Africa unveiled the design, which features a painted portrait of the author admits a purple sunset, on Wednesday, June 12 to mark what would have been the novelist's 61st birthday.

The doodle appears on the Google homepage in Kenya. Google In Africa shared the image on their Twitter, asking followers to share their favorite quotes from her seminal novel The River and the Source.

Born in Asembo, Kenya in 1958, Dr. Ogola released her first novel, The River and the Source, in 1995. The internationally renowned book told the stories of four generations of Kenyan women as they country experienced rapid social, political and economic change.

The book won both the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Africa in the year of its release. It also became part of Kenyan school curriculum.

The award-winning novelist was also a practicing pediatrician who worked closely with orphans affected by HIV and AIDS as the medical director of the Cottolengo Hospice in Nairobi. She received the Families Award for Humanitarian Service from the World Congress of Families for her services.

"Local doodles provide a way for Google to connect with Kenyans about what matters to them and to help celebrate the important moments," said Dorothy Ooko, head of communications and public affairs, SSA. "We celebrated Wangari Maathai and today we're celebrating a literary figure, Dr. Margaret Ogola."

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As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

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July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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