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Lead Actor of ‘Matwetwe’ Sibusiso Khwinana has Passed Away

The young up-and-coming actor was just 25-years-old.

Matwetwe, the South African comedy that has taken cinemas by storm, has suffered a heavy blow. One of the film's lead actors, Sibusiso Khwinana, who plays the role of the shy botany-whizz Lefa, has passed away.


Khwinana was stabbed to death in an attempted robbery where the perpetrator sought to steal the young man's cellphone - a senseless crime. Tributes have since been pouring in on social media. The film's producers, DJ Black Coffee and comedian and actor Kagiso Lediga, have since confirmed Khwinana's passing away.

South Africans are shocked and understandably so. Both Khwinana and his co-star Tebatso Mashishi, who plays the role of the extroverted and street-smart Papi, were in the midst of promoting the film on television, radio and social media.

Khwinana, for whom Matwetwe was his first major debut role, was a promising talent and it is with tremendous sadness and disbelief that we bid him farewell at such a young age.

Rest in power young king.

READ: 'Matwetwe' Captures The Essence of South African Life Without Conforming to the Hollywood Gaze








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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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