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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Elsa Majimbo and More Win at the 2021 Forbes Woman Africa Awards

The 2021 Forbes Woman Africa Awards' diverse winners include Elsa Majimbo, Ada Osakwe, Professor Rudo Mathivha, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and more.

The 2021 Forbes Woman Africa Awards have announced this years' eight most influential women in Africa. The award show took place over a two-day summit which coincided with International Women's Day. The former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. More standout African women were named winners at the summit which ran under the theme "Africa Reloaded: The Power of The Collective".


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The breakout Kenyan comedienne,Elsa Majimbo, took home the "Entertainer of the Year" award while fellow Kenyan and Olympic athlete, Hellen Obiri, bagged the "Sports" award, this according to Bella Naija. The "Academic Excellence" award was duly received by Professor Rudo Mathivha who is the academic head at the intensive care unit in South Africa's largest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Isabelle Kamariza, the founder of Solid'Africa which provides fresh meals to Rwanda's largest hospitals, was acknowledged with the "Social Impact" award.

Nigerian economist, Ada Osakwe, won the "Business Woman of the Year" award for her agricultural business venture Agrolay Ventures. Temie Giwa Tubosun, founder of health company Life Bank which aims to increase access to blood transfusions in Nigeria, received the "Technology and Innovation" award. Completing the list is South African entrepreneur, Rabia Ghoor, who reportedly founded her online make-up store Swiitch Beauty at the age of 14. Ghoor, has at the age of 20, deservedly won the "Young Achievers" award.

The Forbes Woman Africa winners were announced during the Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit (LWS) which took place virtually. The summit had key guest speakers including amongst the many high profile guests Zozibini Tunzi, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and the University of Cape Towns first Black woman vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

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Moroccan Government Issues First Permits For Legal Cannabis Production

This marks the first time the Arab country is issuing these permits.

The Moroccan government recently gave 10 farmers permission to grow cannabis legally. This marks the first time the country will issue permits following the legalization of cannabis production last year.

According to the Institute of Security Studies, Morocco is part of a growing group of African countries who would like to position itself as a booming international legal market for cannabis. This new legal development will allow farmers in the northern mountain regions of Taounat, Al Houceima, and Chefchaouen to grow cannabis that will meet the legal market's demand. Before now, cannabis had been widely cultivated in Morocco illegally; however, the law passed by the Moroccan parliament last year does not permit the use of cannabis for recreation. The national agency, which regulates cannabis activity in Morocco, issued the permits and said that farmers would be encouraged to increase legal cannabis production to meet the demands of the market.

According to the Morocco World News, the Moroccan government is optimistic that this new development will help to improve the lifestyles of farmers, and increase their livelihoods amid a growing legal global market for the element. The global cannabis demand is growing and is projected to reach over US$ 100 billion in the next five years. If more African countries legalize legal cannabis, the industry could be worth more than $7 billion by 2023.

Because of Morocco's close proximity to Europe, it could potentially become a leading legitimate cannabis exporter. In 2020, Moroccan farmers collectively experienced a drastic income dip that fell from approximately $497 million a year in the early 2000s to less than $321 million dollars in 2020, according to an interior ministry study last year.

Before the legalization was implemented, Moroccan farmers indicated that they wanted the implementation to be sped up. In an earlier statement, Mohamed Abbout, head of the Rif Mountains Association said that the legalization would be a step in the right direction for the country

"Farmers are desperate when it comes to the drug trade,’ said Abbout. ‘That's why they're waiting for the legalization, so we can create a medicinal market."

'Skhanda Republic 3' Is Testament to K.O’s Relentless Staying Power

After 16 years, the legendary South African MC’s pen and musicianship remain sharp-as-ever on his fourth album, SR3.

Never knew, 2022, ngizobe ngisathel’ induku,” veteran South African lyricist and musician K.O raps on “THE CALLING”, from his newly released fourth studio album SR3 (Skhanda Republic 3). While it’s a simple line for an MC with revered penmanship like him, the bar is packed and provides a sneak peek into the rapper’s current state of mind. With more than 16 years in the game, the artist born Ntokozo Mdluli has been through and seen it all.

Really made it back, when these niggas thought it was over. Heart of a soldier, nobody can hold us. Asisenabangani kule game cause a lot of them bogus,” he expresses in the first verse of the song.

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South African Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu on Creating the Sound of Dreams

The internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist is the youngest participant at this year's Venice Biennale, where she is showing her latest work. But, as she tells OkayAfrica, she wants her art to be viewed beyond the parameters of age.

South Africa's Simnikiwe Buhlungu is the youngest artist at this year's International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. But Buhlungu, who hails from Johannesburg, would almost rather speak about anything else — from her daily uniform (all black) to her favorite music (Gospel) and what future passions she wants to pursue (beekeeping).

The 59th International Art Exhibition features Buhlungu's project: And the Other Thing I Was Saying Was: A Conver-something, an interactive sound installation which plays recorded sounds from various sources and explores the relationship between theremins, electronic musical synthesizers, and our bodies.

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