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Who Should Be On Our 100 Women 2019 List? Vote Now and Let Us Know.

Here's how you can nominate game-changing African women for our 2019 list.

This spring OkayAfrica will launch its third annual "100 Women" list honoring accomplished African women from across the continent and diaspora. For the first time we're opening the nomination process to you, our readers! For 100 Women 2019 we'll be highlighting women who are impacting Youth Culture in unique ways.


OkayAfrica's annual 100 Women list recognizes women in a number of fields, ranging from music to STEM, to activism, beauty, media, politics and more. Our 2018 honorees included a women form various backgrounds like media maven Joy-Ann Reid, Ghanaian tech heavyweight Bozoma St. John, legendary Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Malawian poet Upile Chisala, Nigerian beauty guru Jackie Aina, as well as actress Uzo Aduba—just to name a few. You can revisit our full list of 2018 honorees here.

As we begin the selection process for our third edition of the list, we want to include our readers in the process. Which African women making waves in there respective industries would you like to see on the list? We want to hear from you directly so head to our 100 Women nomination form here to let us know which women you think should be on the list. Or fill it out below:

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Veteran Somali Musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein Has Died

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music and affectionately known as 'Hudeydi', the musician has passed away from the coronavirus at age 92.

Veteran Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein has passed away at the age of 92 according to reports by the BBC.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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Black Coffee Is on a Mission to Raise Funds for Coronavirus Relief

The South African musician is raising funds in an effort to donate a million rands to organizations fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.

DJ Black Coffee is on a mission to help raise funds for organizations fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Having already raised R90 000 (approximately USD 5000) in just five days for the government's Solidarity Fund, the South African artist wants to raise a total of 1 million rands (approximately USD 55 000), according to reports by TimesLIVE.

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Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single 'Sub Zero'

The Ghanaian heavyweight rapper shows up with the fire bars over an Altra Nova-produced beat.

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of "Sub Zero."

"Sub Zero" follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.

"Sub Zero" follows Sarkodie's turn-up single "Bumper," which dropped bak in February.

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