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The MTV Africa Music Awards Will Take Place On Nelson Mandela's Birthday

The fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards will be held in Durban on July 18, Nelson Mandela's birthday.


The upcoming fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards is set to take place in Durban, South Africa on July 18 to commemorate Nelson Mandela's birthday. The awards show — which has previously hosted and recognized the likes of 2Face Idibia, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Mafikizolo, Lupita Nyong’oSarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Uhuru, and many more — will be presented by MTV Base alongside Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa at Durban's International Convention Center.

“We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be returning to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 18 July, a date famous for being the birthday of Nelson Mandela - what better day could there be for staging this inspirational celebration of African achievement and creativity that showcases Africa’s best talent on the world stage," mentions VIMN Africa senior vice president and managing director Alex Okosi.

The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015's categories will include the usual Best Male, Best Female, and Best Song awards, the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories, and a special Artist of the Decade award. We're still waiting to hear on who the nominees, performers, and host for the awards will be.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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