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Ivory Coast Will Host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023

The Confederation of African Football came to an agreement with Ivory Coast to make way for Cameroon to host the tournament in 2021.

Ivory Coast has agreed with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after resisting the appointment for 2 years, BBC Sport reports.

Despite Ivory Coast initially disputing this by filing a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, this realignment makes way for Cameroon to host the tournament in 2021 after being stripped of the opportunity to host this year's Nations Cup due to preparation delays.


The agreement between the CAF and Ivory Coast was locked in after a meeting between Ahmad Ahmad, the president of CAF, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) officials Tuesday, IOL adds.

Guinea was originally slated for 2023 when the original schedule was announced in 2014, but is now set to host the tournament in 2025.

This year's Nations Cup takes off June 21 in Egypt and will run through July 19. Egyptian organizers moved the start of the tournament back a week to give players more time to recoup after the holy month of Ramadan.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be the first year where 24 teams will compete for the golden trophy, including Madagascar and Mauritania making their tournament debut. Other nations set to represent at the competition include the host country Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana, Mali and Uganda.

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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' November Reading with Simone Bresi-Ando

We're back with another Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help guide you through the new month.

It's the first of the month and that means we're ready for a new Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help you navigate your November.

After cleansing the space, Simone will pull five Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards from a deck of 44 Adinkra symbols—these cards help to channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols when read correctly. Remember, as Simone says, "these readings tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know—our ancestors are emotionally pure." Pay attention, this month's reading has multiple cards the ancestors want us to take particular note of.

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Five African Soccer Players Have Been Shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon d'Or

The thirty-man shortlist includes Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane.

Forbes reports that the official shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, the so-called "Oscars" of professional soccer, has been released. The thirty-man list features five African players including Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane. Established in 1956, the prestigious award was previously only given to Europe-based players. However, it is now awarded to the best player in the world.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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