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Nigerian Teen Gets Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Ifeoma White-Thorpe joins an elite group of students who've been accepted into all eight Ivy League Institutions.

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New Jersey teen, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, is the latest star scholar to gain admission into all eight Ivy League institutions: Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Colombia, Brown, University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

"I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said 'Congratulations' and I was like oh my goodness," said the teen upon receiving the news. "So many of them had great research facilities, so I figured, I might as well shoot my shot."

Well, it certainly paid off.

White-Thorpe, who is student body president at her high school, plans to study biology and purse a degree in global health, reports CNN.

She joins an elite group of first-generation African students who've accomplished this feat. Last year, New York teen Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was also accepted eight out of eight, Harold Ekeh was in 2015, and Ghanaian-American teen Kwasi Enin the year before then.

Ifeoma spoke with ABC News yesterday about her momentous achievement, watch the clip below.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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