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A Court in Angola Has Ordered the Assets of Isabel dos Santos To Be Frozen

Angola is looking to reclaim $1 billion that Isabel dos Santos and her associates allegedly owe.

A court under the administration of Angolan President Joao Lourenço has ordered the assets and banks account of Isabel dos Santos to be frozen, BBC reports.

The daughter of former president José Eduardo dos Santos has been dubbed the richest woman in Africa due to her billionaire status (Forbes notes she's estimated to have a fortune of $2.2 billion). However, due to the current administration's effort to clean up corruption, Angola is looking to reclaim $1 billion that Isabel dos Santos and her associates allegedly owe—which she has vehemently denied during her father's time in office.


DW adds that the court will be looking into inconsistencies involving state-run companies including oil company Sonangol and diamond-marketing firm Sodiam. "The state through its companies...transferred enormous quantities of foreign currency to companies abroad whose beneficiaries are the defendants, without receiving the agreed return," the court order states. "The defendants recognize the existence of the debt but allege that they do not have the means to pay."

The other assets included in this order that have been seized and frozen include her stake in telecoms company Unitel and bank Fomento de Angola (BFA). Isabel dos Santos currently oversees a big business empire with stakes in Portuguese and Angolan companies, including cable TV outlet Nos SGPS. She chooses to lives abroad as she says she fears for her safety in Angola.

Brother José Filomeno dos Santos is also currently on trial facing corruption charges.

"I would like to leave a message of tranquility and confidence to my teams," she says in a statement on Twitter Monday. "We will continue, every day, in every business, doing our best and fighting for what I believe in for Angola. The road is long, the truth will prevail. United we stand stronger."

All eyes were on the daughter of the former president in 2016 when he selected her to be the head of Sonangol. This appointment was met with controversy, where Lourenço dismissed her from the role a year after her father handpicked him to be his successor.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Renowned South African Traditional Healer Credo Mutwa Has Passed Away

Heralded as the "Father of Indigenous Knowledge", Credo Mutwa passes away at age 98.

Renowned South African sangoma (traditional healer) and author Credo Mutwa has passed away at the age of 98, the SABC reports.

Tributes have been pouring in from South Africans on social media since the news of Mutwa's death emerged.

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Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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