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George Clooney Is Giving $1 Million to Investigate War Criminals In Africa—But Who Asked?

"If it walks like a 'white savior' and talks like a 'white savior'—it usually is."

Tuxedo in human form, George Clooney, announced today that he will give $1 million towards an investigation into governments and authorities that benefit from continued support of conflict in Africa. He's doing so through his "The Sentry" initiative which the actor launched in 2015 to "end wars" in Africa.


"Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don't pay," said the actor in a statement. "We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives." "When we're able to go after the warlords' wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption."

As BBC Africa reports, this is far from the first time that Clooney's inserted himself in African affairs. Clooney along with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, was part of the bizarre 2012 honey trap scheme to arrest Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony. In 2011, the actor took part in a program that used satellites to monitor the Sudanese-South Sudanese border. He was also one of the most vocal celebrity advocates during the 2006 crisis in Darfur.

His constant involvement in African politics comes across as a fixation with aiding "poor, helpless Africans"—an approach more rooted in self-seeking, white maleness than anything it might purport to be. And since when has male whiteness ever benefited Africa? What proof is there that any of his actions have ever truly payed off? Has he helped end a single war? Did Clooney save Darfur? I'm sure we all remember how "Kony 2012" turned out.

This is not to say that his efforts are completely in vain, it's merely a suggestion that he not regard the continent as a playing field that he can visit whenever he wants to practice being a good samaritan, especially when he lives in a country with an excess of its own political troubles. It's as if for him, fighting social ills within an African context give his efforts more validity, which, once again, plays into the ever-harmful, "Africa as foreground for despair" trope.

As Clooney is all too aware, there are indeed very real issues affecting the continent that deserve our vigorous action and unreserved attention. What he should, perhaps, be more cognizant of is the fact that his efforts come off as if he is relentlessly vying to be the captain of "Team Save Africa," and he cannot humanly fulfill that role, nor is anyone asking him to.

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The 6 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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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.

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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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Watch Wizkid's Historic Performance at London's O2 Arena

The Nigerian superstar made history by being the first African artist to sell out three shows in a row during his Made In Lagos tour.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid's fourth studio album Made In Lagos has not left our sight (or eardrums) since its release in October 2020. Now, the album filled with record-breaking hits has gone on to bag the king of afrobeats another honor: Wizkid became the first African artist to successfully sell out London's infamous O2 Arena this year, boasting three consecutive sold-out shows this week.

High off of the global success and obsession with hit single "Essence," featuring Nigerian sweetheart Tems, Wizkid's European leg of his Made In Lagos tour sold out in 12 minutes (very Beyoncé of him) as fans geared up to hear their favorite afrobeats hits. The show itself was jam-packed with fireworks, high-energy performances, and guest appearances from some of our favorite Wizkid features.

In the line-up, we saw fellow Nigerian hitmaker Burna Boy show up on stage to perform a passionate rendition of their collab "Ginger," while a bright and sunny Tems lent her talent and time to perform their hit. British pop cutie Ella Mai turned out to perform "Pieces of Me" which features on Made In Lagos, while UK favorite Skepta made Wizkid feel at home, as the two stars pumped the crowd.

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