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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Nominated For A Grammy

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is up for an 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award as part of Beyoncé's album.


Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie could be earning herself an unexpected accolade this weekend at The Grammys, where she's nominated for 'Album of The Year' as part of Beyoncé's self-titled LP. The credit, of course, comes from "Flawless," the Beyoncé single which uses a lengthy sample of Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists' TEDxEuston speech, in which the writer urges audiences to dismiss the notion of feminism being inherently "un-African." As Beyoncé explains in the video below, "I was scrolling through videos about feminism on youtube and I ran across this video of this incredible Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie. Everything she said is exactly how I feel. 'We raise girls to see each other as competitors. Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing,  but for the attention of men.'" The Grammy news comes a few days after Adichie penned 'Lights Out in Nigeria,'  a New York Times op-ed on the quality of electricity in Nigeria, and had a personal piece about her struggles with depression published without permission by The Guardian. Watch Beyoncé speaking about the influence of Adichie's words on "Flawless" below.

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Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".

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