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Zambia's Namwali Serpell Wins The 2015 Caine Prize For African Writing

Zambian writer Namwali Serpell has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing.


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Zambian writer Namwali Serpell has been announced as the 2015 winner of  The Caine Prize For African Writing. Serpell received the honor and accompanying £10,000 cash prize for her short story, The Sack, during an awards ceremony held at Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries yesterday. Serpell, who is the first Zambian winner of the prize, was first shortlisted for the prestigious award in 2010 for her short story Muzungu.

The Sack, which was first published as part of the Africa39 anthology New Writing From Africa South of The Sahara, is a strange and dark tale dealing with loss, liberation, unrequited love and the bitter relationship between two old friends. Serpell was one of five African writers shortlisted for the award alongside Elnathan John, F.T Kola, Masande Ntashanga and the 2005 Caine Prize winner Segun Afolabi.

In the spirit of "mutiny," the UC Berkeley English professor announced that she will be splitting the cash winnings with her fellow nominees. "It is very awkward to be placed into this position of competition with other writers that you respect immensely," she told BBC Newsday. "You feel yourself put into a sort of American Idol or race-horse situation when actually, you all want to support each other."

Past winners of The Caine Prize include Leila Aboulela, Tope Folarin, Okwiri Oduor, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Binyavanga Wainaina. Read Serpell's award-winning story here.

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Netflix Launches 'Netflix Naija' and Announces First Nigerian Original Series

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria.

After much anticipation, Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Yesterday, the streaming giant, which had been procuring Nigerian content throughout much of last year after acquiring Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart in 2018, announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account.

"N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood,"read the account's announcement tweet. "N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you're looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly...hello, Nigeria!"

The tweet was shared along with a photo of some of the Nigerian film industry's most notable actors and filmmakers, including Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Kunle Folayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli as well as veteran actors Ramsey Nouah and Richard Mofe-Damijo and several others.

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Watch the Music Video for Rema's New Single 'Beamer (Bad Boys)'

The buzzing Nigerian artists shares a catchy new banger.

Buzzing Nigerian artist Rema shares his first single and music video of the year "Beamer (Bad Boys)."

The track is the first single since the release of his 2019 EP Bad Commando. Produced by Rvssianm, the song features a sultry, drum-heavy beat and a catchy hook in which a chorus of female voices sing of their love for "bad boys."

The steely music video features several love interests and flashy cars as Rema moves through the city on an undisclosed mission. The video features crisp, scenic shots directed by Fxrbes.

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South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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