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Disney's 'The Lion King' is More than Just a Film—it's Touching Lives

Disney has launched two programs that will benefit underprivileged South African children and conserve Africa's remaining lion populations.

After the glamorous South African premiere of The Lion King took place in Johannesburg a few days ago, the film hit theaters the following day and has since raked in an impressive R24.5 million. While the success of the Disney film has been colossal, it's about much more than crunching the numbers for the production giant.


At the South African premiere of The Lion King which took place on July 18th—International Mandela Day—Disney Africa announced that in collaboration with the Youthstart Foundation, a division of youth development organisation Primestars, it was launching an initiative that would send 10 000 high school learners from underprivileged communities to watch the screening of the film over four weekends in August. The initiative, which will also partner with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, is meant to spread awareness among the students with regards to the dire plight of lion populations in Africa. Additionally, it also hopes to see the students making their own pledges towards helping conservation efforts in whatever small way they can.

The initiative was inspired by the efforts made by South African radio station 947 in raising over R1 million in donations for 800 underprivileged South African children to go and watch the 2018 box office sensation, Black Panther.

Speaking about the initiative, Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for the Walt Disney Company Africa, said that, "Our hope is that this initiative will be one step towards inspiring and equipping a new generation of conservationists."

Last month, Disney launched their "Protect the Pride" global campaign which seeks to protect the remaining lion populations and their habitats. Since the original version of The Lion King was released 25 years ago, almost half of the lion populations in Africa have disappeared. Disney has already donated USD 1.5 million to the Wildlife Conservation Network's Lion Recovery Fund and hopes that The Lion King fans will come together in the same spirit and raise double that amount in further donations.

It's a responsibility they've taken on that let's face it, they didn't have to and yet, they have. So let's all do our small bit to chip in and keep the circle of life going.

For more information on how you can make your own pledge towards the "Protect the Pride" campaign, click here.

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Watch Zozibini Tunzi's Interview on 'Sway In The Morning'

The newly-crowned Miss Universe says that "if we start instilling leadership in young girls, then they grow up to be the leaders we need in the future."

It's been a few days since Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned this year's Miss Universe. While South Africans and the world are still reeling from the fact that a dark-skinned woman wearing her natural hair (in a fade, mind you) was crowned Miss Universe, Tunzi has already hit the ground running with her international press tour.

Currently in New York City, she stopped by for an interview on Sway in the Morning.

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Kwesta and Rick Ross’ Collaboration is Finally Here

Kwesta releases new single featuring Rick Ross, accompanied by a music video.

Around this time last year, Kwesta shared images from a video shoot for a song that features Rick Ross. Today, the South African rapper finally shared the song accompanied by a music video.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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