News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: South Africa’s Social Media Boycott Fails, South Sudan No Longer In Famine, And More

#SocialMediaBlackOut ironically trends in South Africa, and more stories from the continent.

SOUTH AFRICA–Yesterday, South Africans were supposed to boycott social media as a way of lobbying for network providers to decrease data prices. In an ironic turnout of events, the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackOut trended. Follow the hashtag here.

SOUTH SUDAN–The country is no longer classified as being in famine after an increase in United Nations aid. Read the full story here.

ANGOLA–Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal after he allegedly bribed a magistrate to drop two investigations against him. Read the full story here.

CAMEROON–Six people were killed in a double suicide attack on Wednesday in Cameroon's Far North, which is regularly hit by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists. Read the full story here.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.