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Screenshot of Lupita Nyong'o at Comic Con 2017 in San Diego.

Comic Con Is Heading to the Continent For the First Time Ever This Fall

The first ever 'Comic Con Africa' will take place in Johannesburg from September 14-16.

African comic lovers rejoice!

The creators of Comic Con New York, Reed Pop, are bringing their annual comic convention to South Africa this fall for the first time ever.

Gamers, comic book lovers, cosplayers and more will gather at Johannesburg's Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Center for two days at the newly established "Comic Con Africa." The event will include gaming, panels, eSports, and special appearances from cast members of Game of Thrones, and the Big Bang Theory, reports Channel 24 News.


With the monumental release of Black Panther—which racked in record-breaking R16.8 million at South African box offices opening weekend—and the announcement of the upcoming convention, it's certainly not a bad time to be a comic lover on the continent. The film's global influence is undeniable.

Comic Con Africa is currently accepting applications from folks in the comic book, film, television, video game and collectibles industries looking to be exhibitors at the convention. Ticket information and a confirmed list of exhibitors is still on the way.

To celebrate the news, revisit that one time Lupita Nyong'o hilariously took over Comic Con San Diego incognito in a Pink Power Ranger costume.

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Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.

Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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