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Someone Put a Gele on This Popular Patrick Meme and African Twitter Went Crazy with the Jokes

The jokes that have come with this meme show our common struggles as African kids.

We can't reach the end of the week without providing you with some laughs.

For some reason, characters from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants have become evergreen memes that young adults, who grew up watching the show, use on the internet for various purposes. The latest, is this one of Patrick—or Savage Patrick.

Aside from generating hilarious memes using this photo, there are people who take it upon themselves to remix it in their own way. Once someone decided to photoshop a gele with gaudy jewelery on him, like your typical African auntie, it was a wrap.


African Twitter commenced going down memory lane with our daily struggles as African kids with the women in our lives, as well as referencing Nollywood notables and a classic Vine. Despite our tears from laughter reading these triggering jokes, we realized how much our shared experiences truly connect us more than we think.

Here are some of our favorites below.

Twitter user @jesuisjoy_xo won this meme—hands down.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Black Motion, Blxckie x Nasty C and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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Interview: Tecla Ciolfi On The Journey To Starting Her Popular Podcast ‘Texx Talks’

South African music journalist Tecla Ciolfi launched her podcast 'Texx Talks' at the height of lockdown in 2020. Since then, it has become one of the most notable music platforms in the country.