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Mmusi Maimane, The First Black Leader of South Africa's Biggest Opposition Party, Resigns

It's been resignation after resignation as the Democratic Alliance (DA) collapses into itself.

For about four years, Mmusi Maimane was the leader of South Africa's biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). Maimane took over from the party's former leader, Helen Zille, back in 2015 and became the party's first Black leader. However, he resigned from the party as well as parliament yesterday afternoon. His second-in-command and federal chairperson, Athol Trollip, also stepped down on the same day. The resignations of the party's top leaders come just three days after its Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, resigned.


There are several important issues that need to be highlighted in order to understand what is currently happening within the DA. After Zille was elected mayor of Cape Town back in 2006, she assumed leadership of the DA the following year. Following the 2009 elections which saw the opposition party capturing the majority of the Western Cape province and ousting the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Zille became the premier of the province. However, she handed over the reigns to Maimane in 2015 although she was still an active part of the decision-making structures of the party—a move that left many South Africans feeling that Maimane was simply the "Black face" of the political party long perceived to be a party invested in the interests of White people.

In 2017 and then again in 2019, Zille rocked social media when she tweeted in support of what she termed the "benefits of colonialism". The DA's Federal Council, the structure that oversees the day-to-day affairs of the party, took disciplinary action against her and subsequently asked her to relinquish her decision-making powers. While Zille remained the premier of the Western Cape till May of this year, tensions between her and Maimane have been mounting. More recently, and what has largely triggered the consecutive resignations, is ZIlle having been elected the new chairperson of the Federal Council over Trollip. Effectively, Zille is back at the helm of the party and is admittedly the ultimate comeback queen of 2019.

The DA is reportedly seeking legal advice to address the leadership vacuum. While Zille initially wished both Trollip and Maimane well at the press conference held yesterday afternoon, she then went onto social media and branded Maimane a "coward".

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Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Watch Yilian Canizares & Paul Beaubrun's Beautiful Video For 'Noyé'

"Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Yilian Canizares and Paul Beaubrun connect for the serene "Noyé," one of the highlights from Canizares' latest album, Erzulie.

The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

"Noyé is a song that comes from our roots," Yilian Canizares tells OkayAfrica. "Inspired by the energy of love. The same love that kept Africa's legacy alive in the hearts of Haiti and Cuba. We wanted to do a stripped down version of only the essential pieces from a musical point of view. Something raw and beautiful where our souls would be naked."

The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Watch the new music video for "Noyé" below.

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