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23-year-old Ugandan climate advocate, Vanessa Nakate, is photographed at her home in Kampala, during an interview with AFP on January 28, 2020.

Watch Ugandan Climate Change Activist Vanessa Nakate's Interview with 'Doha Debates'

Ugandan climate change activist, Vanessa Nakate, speaks about fighting climate change as an African, environmental racism and more in an interview with Doha Debates.

Vanessa Nakate is a leading climate change activist from Uganda. In spite of her continued valuable work in climate change as a young African, it was a viral photo faux pas that occurred earlier this year that made major headlines. The Associated Press cropped her out of a photo alongside American climate activist Greta Thunberg and other white activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In her latest interview with Doha Debates, Nakate addresses that incident, environmental racism and what climate change activism in Africa looks like compared to the West.


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"I was cropped [out of the photo in Davos] because of the history of excluding and erasing Black people from leading ecology movements," Nakate begins. She goes on to say that, "I think the climate movement has been idealized to be led by only white activists. We have seen people of colour leading ecology movements from way back. So this is a history of continuous erasure of Black voices, in the leadership of these movements. That is why I think I was cropped out."

Of course, Nakate's experience of erasure as a Black individual is not unique to her––it's universal. The continued erasure of Black people on international platforms continues with the Grammys, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs), the Oscars and other world stages being front and centre. Climate activism, particularly by Africans, is no different despite its own unique challenges.

Nakate also speaks to the difference evident in climate change activism in Africa versus the rest of the world. She says the following:

"Environmental activism is different for the people in the Global South. It's more complicated to do strikes in the Global South because of the politics and how risky it is to go out there and do massive strikes. In the Global North, there's a privilege of people having alternatives. In my country, Uganda, you find that most of the schools use firewood for preparation of food. I have been to these schools, I have interacted with the teachers, and they say they know the dangers of cutting down the trees but they do not have any alternatives. They know the dangers of eating meat, but they do not have any alternatives...Some communities are trapped in systems they cannot get out of."

Watch the full interview below:

Changing the Climate of Environmental Racism | Dear World Live | Doha Debates www.youtube.com

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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