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The Stories You Need To Know: AfriForum Lays Racism Charges Against Social Media Users, Ugandan Musician Wins By-Election

Afrikaner rights organization AfriForum will lay charges against 100 social media users for racism, hate speech, and incitement to murder and rape.

SOUTH AFRICA–Afrikaner rights organization AfriForum will lay charges against 100 social media users for racism, hate speech, and incitement to murder and rape. Most of the users on the organization’s list are prevalently black, but Deputy CEO Ernst Roets says that not all of them are black. “As far as we can determine, there's at least one person who is white,” he told the HuffPost South Africa. Read the full story here and here.


UGANDA–Ugandan musician Bobi Wine is now the MP of Kayondo East in central Uganda, after he won the by-election with a whooping 78% vote. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Nkosana Moyo, former government minister and one time vice-president of the African Development Bank, has announced that he will be running for president in the 2018 elections. He will be leading his party the Alliance of the People’s Agenda. Read the full story here.

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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