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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

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Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola 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.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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