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Nakhane Touré Is Scared For His Life After Online Death Threats

The actor had to cancel a film shoot in the Eastern Cape because he feared for his life.

South African singer and actor Nakhane Touré cancelled a film shoot in the Eastern Cape last week, City Press reports.


Touré fears for his life after receiving multiple death threats online, especially on Facebook, for starring in The Wound, a movie that, according to some Xhosa men, disrespects the sacred initiation custom.

Touré told the paper that he can’t go to the Eastern Cape and Cape Town, where there is a high Xhosa population, and a lot of the threats have been coming from.

The singer, however says he doesn’t regret being part of the movie, as he feels it doesn’t reveal any initiation secrets, and most of the people who are angry have only seen the movie’s trailer.

He also commented on the double standards of the people who are attacking him online. “These men are nowhere to be seen when Xhosa initiates are sexually assaulted during initiation,” he was quoted as saying by City Press. “Instead, they hide behind their secrecy. Where is your anger when women are raped and murdered?”

Read Touré's full interview with City Press here.

 

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The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

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The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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