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OkayAfrica and Global Citizen Present 'The Next 100 Summit'

We're partnering with Global Citizen to gather leaders, thinkers and doers from the continent and diaspora to define what it will take to cultivate our next generation of leaders.

In celebration of what would be Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, we are called upon to consider how we can continue his legacy in the next 100 years to come. It's on us to reexamine what advancement means and what progress looks like on the continent—as well as define what it will take to cultivate our next generation of leaders.

OkayAfrica and Global Citizen are teaming up to host The Next 100 Summit—a consortium of thought leaders in order to have a discourse around where we are today and where we are going in the future.


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On Thursday, November 29, 2018, at The Venue at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, The Next 100 Summit will bring together the most influential leaders, thinkers, and doers from across sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora to discuss how we can come together and build a better future. The Summit will consist of thought-provoking panels and opportunities for leaders to share their expertise with one another with a focus on unearthing the opportunities that lay ahead.

After the substantial day of the rubbing of minds, a concert you can't miss will follow featuring South Africa's very own Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Nonku and The Soil. The concert will be hosted by media personality, fashion designer and actress Nandi Madida.

OkayAfrica will be livestreaming The Next 100 Summit on YouTube—lock it this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CAT to catch the Summit and at 5:00 p.m. CAT to tune into the concert.

The Next 100 Summit and Concert www.youtube.com

Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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Croatian Authorities are Under Fire for Wrongly Deporting Two Nigerian Students to Bosnia

The students and table tennis players were in Croatia for a tournament when they were picked up by police and sent to a refugee camp in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Abia Uchenna Alexandro and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, Nigerian table tennis players and students at the University of Technology Owerri, were wrongfully deported to Bosnia after taking part in a sports tournament in Pula, Croatia, The Guardian reports. Organizers of the event are now demanding that the students be immediately returned to their home country.

Chinedu and Alexandro, both 18, were reportedly picked up by Croatian authorities on November 18—the night before they were scheduled to return to Lagos—in the country's capital Zagreb. They had visited for the fifth annual World InterUniversities Championships, which took place outside the capital in the city of Pula, and competed in the table tennis tournament. They were exploring the city afterwards and say they were approached by two officers while getting on a train and asked to provide identification.

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