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Daniel Kaluuya Has Been Nominated for the 2018 BAFTA Rising Star Award

Give him all the trophies!

Ugandan-British actor, Daniel Kaluuya has been nominated for this year's BAFTA rising star award.

The star of Get Out has been shortlisted alongside four other young actors, including Tessa Thompson, Josh O'Connor, Timothée Chalamet, and Florence Pugh. Previous winners include, John Boyega, who took home the coveted award in 2016.


In December, Kaluuya earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy for his role in Get Out. He's also been nominated for best actor at the upcoming Critic's Choice awards.

The breakout star is also set to star alongside Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong'o, amongst others, in the most anticipated film of the year, Black Panther.

It looks like 2018 is already shaping up to be a tremendous year for the young talent. Give him all the trophies!

The 24 Best South African Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Riky Rick, K.O, AKA, Prince Kaybee, Makhadzi, Zanda Zakuza and others.

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention in October.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Blackbird Books Publishes 'Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction'—a Must-Read

'Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction' is the delightfully risqué anthology from Blackbird Books and HOLAAfrica!. The anthology features queer writers from across Africa including Nakhane.

South African publishing house Blackbird Books has, in collaboration with HOLAAfrica!, recently published Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction. The delightfully risqué anthology is a compilation of stories from queer African writers across the continent. Both fresh literary voices and established ones such as the notable Nakhane, give the project a delicious mixture which is sure to cater to everyone's literary needs.
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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.