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Serious Flooding Has Submerged South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province

At least 32 people have died with many others injured and numerous houses destroyed by mudslides.

Just after Cyclone Idai brought destruction to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, heavy rains in South Africa's coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have resulted in disastrous flooding. Houses have been destroyed by mudslides and swept away in the raging waters whilst bodies are continuously being retrieved from the rubble of collapsed structures.


According to News24, the death toll has risen to 32 people. The rains show no signs of slowing down and an even heavier downfall is still expected in the days to come. Rescue workers are doing their best to ensure the safety of those who are still in inaccessible parts of the province.

Speaking about the current provincial crisis, member of the Executive Council (MEC) Nomusa Dube-Ncube said:

"Last night, the weather conditions worsened significantly across KZN and the heavy rain culminated in various parts of the province, claiming at least 21 lives and 32 patients in and around Durban. Over 2 000 emergency calls were logged last night."

Social media has been in a frenzy with every emerging detail from the crisis. Unlike the flooding which occurs in the city of Johannesburg and often only affects those living in townships especially close to rivers, the KZN floods have affected almost everyone—from the townships to affluent suburbs.

One Twitter user lamented at how climate change is not being taken seriously whilst its deadly effects are clearly there for everyone to see whilst another pointed out that the crisis is not being taken seriously by other South Africans in the rest of the country.


Many South Africans on social media have expressed their distress and issued condolences to the families affected.







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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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Photo still courtesy of Chika Okoli.

This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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