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The Stories You Need To Know: South African Insurance Company In Trouble For Racist Father’s Day Video, Zimbabwean Musician Dies, And More

OUTSURANCE was dragged on Twitter for posting a Father’s Day video that showed mostly white dads, and more.

SOUTH AFRICA–Insurance company OUTsurance was dragged on Twitter for posting a Father’s Day video that showed mostly white dads. The company has since deleted the video and apologized. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA – Singer Shekhinah is working on some music with R&B star Jason Derulo. This is part of the Coke Studio Africa series the artist has been part of. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Musician Dickson Chingaira, who was popularly known as CDE Chinx, has died at 61. Read the full story here.

SWAZILAND–Singer Sands’ album Sands Of Time recently went gold in South Africa, which is a first for a Swazi artist. This was after the success of the singer’s record-breaking single “Tigi.” Read the full story here, and revisit our interview with the artist from earlier this year, here.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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