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People protest as the remains of the late South African rugby player Lindani Myeni arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 1, 2021.

Still No Clear Answers Around Lindani Myeni's Murder

Lindani Myeni's remains have finally landed in South Africa following the former rugby player's gruesome murder by Honolulu police on April 14. The recently released 911 call recordings revealed more astounding details around his death.

The bodily remains of slain former South African rugby player Lindani Myeni landed on South African soil on Saturday, May 1. The 29-year-old husband and father of two arrived to a heartbreaking scene at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. In a strong message directed at the Honolulu police, his widow Lindsey Myeni, once again, called for justice to be meted out. Meanwhile, the recently released 911 call tapes revealed more details that lead to Myeni's death.


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The tapesexpose the shocking circumstances that led to Myeni's death. The woman who made the 911 call can be heard complaining about Myeni. When asked if Myeni is armed, she confirmed that he was not. She also speculated that he was 30 years old, a detail that she would not have known without interacting with Myeni. The call reveals that the deceased engaged with the caller, introduced himself and told her he was from South Africa. The 911 responder then enquires about his race and the caller confirms that he is Black. Furthermore, the caller claims that a burglary was taking place, yet Myeni was found standing barefoot outside his car. Myeni's family lawyer Jim Bickerton stated that the police's bodycam tapes showed that Myeni rightfully fought in self-defence as the police had not identified themselves.

According to SowetanLIVE, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government said it received no cooperation from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) on the matter. KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala raised his concerns around the HPD not treating the murder as seriously as they should. Their response, or lack thereof, has cemented the fact that Black bodies mean nothing in America despite civil movements like #BlackLivesMatter.


HPD 🚨 what means nothing to you. Means everything to us. 🇿🇦 I'm sorry they killed you king. 👑 They could never take...
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Myeni was gunned down on April 14, just a stone's throw away from where he lived with his wife and two children. He will be buried on Saturday, May 8 in his hometown of eSikhawini in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Bickerton confirmed that a lawsuit has been opened against the Honolulu Police Department after they stalled on releasing Myeni's cellphone and relevant case files. None of the police officers have been arrested.

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The Best Amapiano Songs Out Right Now

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It's only been few weeks in and 2023 is already promising to be one of the most impactful years for amapiano internationally.

The recent announcements of Uncle Waffles and Major League DJz being billed to play at Coachella and Tomorrowland, respectively, earmarks the continuing steady rise of amapiano on the global stage. Drake (who recently likened listening to Kelvin Momo’s music to a religious experience) included some ‘piano tracks in his DJ set at a listening session in NYC. After its introduction to the festival last year, Afrochella’s Piano People stage is also heading to Miami this coming May with the likes of Focalistic, Musa Keys, Vigro Deep and TxC expected to perform.

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Photo Series: Vic Mensa's Pilgrimage to Ghana

OkayAfrica traveled with Vic Mensa as he visited his father's childhood home, Koforidua. Here's a behind-the-scenes look about what happened.

Back in December, American rapper Vic Mensa went on a pilgrimage back home. The rapper was in Accra, Ghana for his historic Black Star Line Festival, which he was co-hosting with longtime friend and fellow rapper Chance the Rapper.

But, on a hot day before the festival, the rapper traveled two hours from Accra to Koforidua to visit his extended family. There is a lot of history in Koforidua. Highlife trailblazer Chief Kofi Sammy grew up there. Not only was he founder of the famous Okukuseku International Band but Sammy also had a long and fruitful relationship with Afrobeat legend Fula Kuti.

He also happens to be Vic Mensa's uncle. And part of the reason Vic took this trip is to convince Sammy to join him on stage at the Black Star Line Festival in Accra, in front of 50,000 fans. However, while there, Vic made sure he had time to connect with his extended family.

It was a special, intimate moment. One OkayAfrica was lucky enough to witness firsthand. Check out our photo gallery of Vic Mensa's pilgrimage below.

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In December 2022, Vic Mensa took a trip to visit his uncle, legendary Highlife artist Chief Kofi Sammy. It’s about a two hour drive from Accra to Koforidua. A bit longer when you factor in Vic stopping for some of his favorite snacks.

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Ethiopia’s First Superhero Comic is Going Global

Etan Comics is launching a kids version of the kickstarter-backed title, which will be published in 11 languages.


After the successful release of their graphic novel, Jember, Etan Comics is teaming up with the non-profit Open Hearts Big Dreams (OHBD) to launch a special collaboration. Etan is working with the Seattle-based organization, which has produced over 700 bilingual early-reader titles, to turn Jember into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel.

The release of the book coincides with Black History Month, and will be launched in 11 different languages, including Amharic, Arabic, French, Greek, Igbo, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Wolayta. Jember was first published in hardcover format in October 2022, and after its release it garnered +$12K pre-orders on Kickstarter. The comic book is designed to help emerging readers build their reading confidence, and learn more about African cultures and languages. Created and written by Beserat Debebe, it was illustrated by Yonatan Solomon and Michael Okoroagha.

Jember is being turned into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel and will be available in 11 different languages.

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Beginning in mid-February, the books will be available globally on Amazon and IngramSpark. They will also be available at Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, and in public libraries shortly after.

With the release of Jember, Etan Comics aims to make African stories accessible to global readers. The collaboration will also help Ethiopian children, who make up 40% of the Ethiopian population, to be empowered through the story, which speaks to the rich cultural heritage of the Ethiopian history.

With this development, Etan Comics has joined the growing list of new generation of African comic book creators who are sharing African culture through comics to engage readers with various parts of the continent's history.

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