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'Chewing Gum' Star, Susan Wokoma  Named One of BAFTA's #BreakthroughBrits of 2017

Susan Wokoma, the Nigerian actress who played Cynthia on "Chewing Gum," was named one of BAFTA's #BreakThroughBrits of 2017.

Tracey wasn't the only painfully funny character on Chewing Gum, her overly pious turned sexually explorative sister Cynthia, played by Nigerian actress Susan Wokoma, consistently had us in tears as well.

The British Academy Film Awards seems to have taken note of her undeniable talent too. They recently named the actress as one of their #BreakThroughBrits of 2017. The Nigerian musical composer behind A Moving Image and Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives, Segun Akinola, also made the list.

In a short clip, posted on the BAFTA's Twitter page, the actress talks about her come-up and discusses some of her other roles.

We've seen Michaela Coel's star grow tremendously following the success of Chewing Gum and we're excited to see Wokoma do the same. Congrats to the young actress!

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South African Designer Thebe Magugu Becomes International Woolmark Prize Finalist

Multi award-winning South African fashion designer, Thebe Magugu, has been named as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize.

Thebe Magugu has reportedly been announced as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize, according to IOL. The multi award-winning fashion designer from South Africa is gunning for the annual prize which is reportedly worth over two million Rand (approximately USD 131 140). Magugu is contesting against five other finalists from around the world including Nigerian designer, Kenneth Ize. Magugu won the highly acclaimed 2019 LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) award and made history as the first African to do so. This might just be another win for the young designer and we're certainly here for it.

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Sho Madjozi Shares Tracklist from New Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi has shared the tracklist for her highly-anticipated new mixtape 'What A Life'. Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi and more feature on the upcoming project.

Sho Madjozi has shared the official tracklist for her new mixtape What A Life ahead of its official release this Friday. The AFRIMMA award-winning rapper revealed she has some fire collaborations with several music heavyweights on What A Life. Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi and Sunglen Chabalala feature on the nine-track mixtape. Sho Madjozi recently took to Twitter to share the colourful mixtape album cover and tracklist.
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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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