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John Boyega Debuts His 'Pacific Rim' Character Ahead of the Film With New Comic Book

The actor stars as Nigerian character Jake Pentecost in the upcoming prequel to 'Pacific Rim: Uprising.'

If you're like us, and can't wait for the upcoming sequel to Pacific Rim, we have some good news that might hold you over until then.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated film's release, staring John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the star will debut his character in an upcoming comic book, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, a prequel to the second film, which tells the story of what happened between the two films. The plot follows Jake as he searches for answers about the death of his father, Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba. The comic takes place one year before Pacific Rim: Uprising, and nine years after the original, reports Konbini.

The comic series will consist of six issues. Boyega announced the news on Instagram on Monday, and shared a preview image image of his character, who the actor previously confirmed is of Nigerian descent.

Though initially set to be released on January 17, the comic will now drop on March 21, two days ahead of the Pacific Rim: Uprising. Revisit the film's trailer below!

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End of an Era as Last South African Music Shops Set to Close

South Africa's Clicks Group has announced the imminent closure of its Musica stores—the last music stores in South Africa after 29 years.

South Africans are bidding farewell to Musica, yet another cultural giant which will be closing shop soon. Musica stores, which are owned by the South African Clicks Group, have been the leading music retailer in the sales of physical CDs and DVDs for close to three decades. Musica admittedly provided a home for many South Africans to leisurely browse through their favourite music in very much the same way book lovers do in book stores. However, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and having been outcompeted by the digital music world, all Musica stores across the country will be closing permanently.

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South African Military Ends Controversial Ban on Hijabs

The South African National Defence Force has ended its longstanding ban on hijabs. This follows the recent court victory of Major Fatima Isaacs who was fired for wearing a hijab.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has reportedly ended their longstanding ban on hijabs, this according to IOL. The move comes just after Major Fatima Isaacs, a Muslim woman, won her two-year court case following her dismissal from the military for wearing a hijab. Th SANDF has reportedly amended its military religious dress policy—a win for Muslim women serving in the South African military.
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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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