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Former South African President Jacob Zuma Joins Twitter

The former president joined the popular social media platform late last night.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February of this year after a controversial tenure, has recently joined Twitter. He tweeted a video of himself for the first time last night speaking about how he was thrilled to join an important space for conversation.


Clad in a Mandela-esque floral silk shirt, and charismatic as always, Zuma tweeted his first official video on Twitter late last night. In the video, he says:

"I've decided to move with the times and join this important area of conversation because I hear that many are talking about me as well as others calling themselves Zuma. I have felt it necessary to join in and be part of the conversation."


South Africans have welcomed him warmly (respectfully even) and with tremendous excitement. Within the first 15 minutes of Zuma having joined Twitter, he already had about 1000 followers although he is yet to follow anyone himself. He is currently sitting at 12.1k followers with two tweets.



Zuma's second tweet however, was a prompt response to a Twitter follower who had posted fake bank details claiming they were Zuma's and urging the public to raise funds for him in light of the High Court's recent decision that he should foot the bill for his own legal fees and pay back the millions of rands worth in legal fees the state had already incurred.

The news of Zuma's debut on Twitter is trending under "ubaba" which is an isiZulu reference to "father," and has been used many times to address the former president. Even the EFF leader Julius Malema took to welcoming Zuma onto the platform.

"Zion 9, 2018" (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)" by Mohau Modisakeng. Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Netflix Launches 'Netflix Naija' and Announces First Nigerian Original Series

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria.

After much anticipation, Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Yesterday, the streaming giant, which had been procuring Nigerian content throughout much of last year after acquiring Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart in 2018, announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account.

"N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood,"read the account's announcement tweet. "N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you're looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly...hello, Nigeria!"

The tweet was shared along with a photo of some of the Nigerian film industry's most notable actors and filmmakers, including Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Kunle Folayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli as well as veteran actors Ramsey Nouah and Richard Mofe-Damijo and several others.

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