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Ajara Nchout of Cameroon celebrates following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Cameroon and New Zealand at Stade de la Mosson on June 20, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For the First Time Ever, Two African Teams Have Qualified for the Knockout Stage of the Women's World Cup

Both Cameroon and Nigeria have progressed to the knockout rounds and will face England and Germany, respectively.

Cameroon's Indomitable Lionesses and Nigeria's Super Falcons will both head to round 16 of the Women's World Cup, marking the first time ever that two African teams have progressed to this stage of the games.

The Lionesses earned their spot in the next round of games after beating New Zealand in a memorable 2-1 game on Thursday, which saw star forward Ajara Nchout deliver an impressive last-minute goal to close the game in Cameroon's favor. Nchout's goal has been one of the most memorable of the tournament so far.


READ: Nigeria's Chiamaka Nnadozie Set a Women's World Cup Record

After the Super Falcons lost 1-0 to France earlier this week, the team had to await the outcome of the Chile vs Thailand match to secure a spot in the next round. Thankfully, the results were in their favor, allowing the team to qualify for the knockout round.

Earlier in the tournament, the Super Falcons edged out South Korea, winning 2-0.

Next Cameroon will face England, while Nigeria will take on Germany. As always, we'll be rooting for every African team on the roster. Congrats to the Lionesses and the Super Falcons for making Word Cup history!

Keep up with our 2019 Women's World Cup coverage, and stay posted for more updates as the games continue.

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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