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Stream the Global First Ladies Alliance's #TheFutureOfWomen Awards Live on Facebook

OkayAfrica is teaming up with the Global First Ladies Alliance, Facebook, and M.A.C AIDS Fund to present the 2017 The Future of Women Awards.

OkayAfrica is teaming up with the Global First Ladies Alliance, Facebook, and M.A.C AIDS Fund to present the 2017 The Future of Women Awards.

The Global First Ladies Alliance have worked since 2008 with 45 First Ladies from around the world, working together to shape policy, and encourage collaboration between female leaders and global institutions.

With The Future Of Women Award initiative, the alliance seeks to highlight African women who are leaders in their communities, making an impact in the fields of creative entrepreneurship, technology, and social impact. African women leaders of all ages are eligible for nomination. Head to Instagram and Facebook to drop your recommendations, and find out more information about the nomination process, via the Global First Ladies Alliance's website.

Winners will be announced on September 21 in New York City. You can stream the entire event live on Facebook.

"Given the current political climate for women around the world, this is an ideal chance to bring visible and rising women leaders together to share solutions for creating a more equitable future,” says Global First Ladies Alliance Founder Cora Neumann.

Be sure to tune into The Future of Women Defining Leadership For a New Era event via our Facebook page, and join in the celebration of the trailblazing women building a stronger future for the continent!

Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty.

Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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