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Malian "Spider-Man" Granted French Citizenship After Rescuing Dangling Baby

Malian "Spider Man" climbed four floors to save a baby from falling onto the sidewalk.

By now you have seen the video of the young man who channeled his Spider Man and rapidly scaled an apartment building in Paris, France to save a 4-year-old boy dangling on the verge of falling four floors. The young hero's name is Mamoudou Gassama, who at the time of the incident was an undocumented immigrant from Mali. Today, less than 48 hours later, he is now a French citizen.

After catching wind of the heroic rescue caught on camera by bystanders, French President Emmanuel Macron met with the 22-year-old hero, and offered him a job with the fire department and granted him French citizenship.


Gassama is now a citizen of the French suburb of Montreuil, where prior to his heroic act, he had been sleeping on the floor in a room shared with relatives at a migrant hostel.

"You have become an example because millions of people have seen you. It is only right that the nation be grateful," Macron was quoted as saying by AFPAFP. "Even if you did not think about what you were doing it was an act of courage and strength that won the admiration of all."

The president also awarded Gassama with a medal of bravery.

"I'm pleased because it's the first time I've received a trophy like that," said Gassama.


Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also tweeted her congratulations to Gassama on Sunday. "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night," she wrote to her followers. "He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here. I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France."

While it was a moment of triumph for Gassama, The French president, however, mentioned France wouldn't be offering citizenship to every immigrant, saying he "can not give (papers) to all those who come from Mali or Burkina Faso."



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C.J. Obasi On Bringing the Legend of Mami Wata to the Big Screen

The Nigerian director saw a vision of Mami Wata, then made a film that became the toast of Sundance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

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