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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's New Short Story Articulates What We All Think  About Melania Trump

Melania Trump is a clingy, Michelle Obama-obsessed loner in Adichie's new short story for New York Times' T Magazine, "Janelle Asked to the Bedroom."

In a new "micronovel," published in The New York Times' T Magazine, in conjunction with their recent "The Greats" issue, Nigerian novelist Chimamada Ngozi Adichie offers a thought-provoking, fictitious account of an encounter with Melania Trump.


The shorty story entitled Janelle Asked to the Bedroom, paints a pitying image of the first lady from the perspective of a back woman named Janelle, who we're made to believe is one of the first lady's aides. Janelle is summoned to "Mrs. T's"—as Melania is referred to throughout the story—bedroom, where she finds a melancholy Mrs. T nestled in bed, watching Michelle Obama videos.

It paints a picture of the first lady, which plays into the popular narrative that she's somewhat of a discontent pawn. A "wannabe" Michelle Obama—with none of the makings to even be compared to her cherished predecessor—thrust into the debauchery of the American political spotlight, perhaps unwillingly. None of which excuses her, however, from blindly supporting her husband's stupidity and hate-fueled agenda. The story substantiates—to a degree—the complex yet ambiguous feelings that many have about the first lady, and further complicates her image by imagining an ordinarily human side of her—something we don't often see behind her largely robotic demeanor.

The fact, though, is that we don't really know what goes on inside the first lady's head, but if we were to imagine, it might be largely along the lines of what Adichie writes about her in her short story.

Why an entire story centered on Melania Trump? We're not sure either, but we have a feeling that the story is larger than just her experience, and more so a subtle commentary on loneliness, empathy, fate, racial tensions and power. Read the full, six part story below, via T Magazine's Instagram page.

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Mozambique's Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

Fears continue to be on the rise as more attacks by militants are anticipated in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date.
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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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​DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small Enlist Tresor on Their New Amapiano Album

"Rumble In The Jungle", the latest project from dynamic duo DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, in collaboration with singer TRESOR, offers a refreshingly mature and pan-African amapiano sound.

Acclaimed South African production duo, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, popularly known as Scorpion Kings, recently released their new album Rumble In The Jungle in collaboration with TRESOR, a Congolese-born but South Africa-based vocalist. The album's two lead singles "Funu" and "Fola Sade" are already popular with music fans. By roping Tresor into their latest amapiano offering, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small aimed to create a musical experience that would unite Africans.

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Announces 2021 Shortlist

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