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South African Artist Nelson Makamo Will Receive a Vanguard Award from Harvard University

The award will be presented to him by the Harvard African Students' Association.

Renowned South African artist, Nelson Makamo, is heading to Harvard University. Makamo, whose oil painting of a child appeared on the cover of Time Magazine's Optimists issue earlier this year, will be a visiting scholar of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Aside from giving a lecture about the future of art in Africa, he will also be receiving a Vanguard award from the Harvard African Students' Association in recognition of his progressive art.


Nelson Makamo is no small name in the art world with a fan-base including the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ava Duvernay

Mfundo Radebe, President of the Harvard African Students' Association, commented on Makamo's visit saying:

"Makamo's focus on the brilliance of the African child and his vibrant and bold artwork represents that very progress...He will deliver a lecture at the Harvard Art Museums, a talk with the Center for African Studies, as well as be a discussant during the Radcliffe Institute's Beauties exhibition by US artist Willie Cole...We're excited for Makamo to visit Harvard and share with students and faculty his progressive vision for the African art space."

Makamo's unique style draws from the "candid innocence of children", particularly rural South African children. He has exhibited his art in Italy, Scotland and the Netherlands, and is currently based in Johannesburg. Read more about the artist here.



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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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