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Belgium's First Black Mayor Is a Congolese Immigrant

Pierre Kompany, who came to Belgium from the DRC as a refugee in 1975, was elected mayor of a Brussels borough this week.

Pierre Kompany, a Congolese immigrant and father of professional football players Vincent and Francois Kompany, has been elected mayor of the Ganshoren borough in Brussels, BBC reports.

This is a history-making moment, as this victory makes Kompany Belgium's first black mayor.


Kompany came to Belgium from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1975 as a refugee and first became involved in politics in 2006 as a councillor; then as Brussels regional parliamentarian in 2014.

For him, this feat shows Belgium has taken more steps to integrate a community of people who've been systematically oppressed, exploited and nearly wiped out, says The New York Times. Belgium was one of the harshest colonial powers that especially wreaked havoc in the Congo.

"My success, my election, shows the direction of the march of history, which is towards a more peaceful history," Kompany continues. "I think one has to regard this as a victory for humanity as a whole."

Kompany's sons took to Instagram to congratulate him. "It was long overdue, but it's progress," they say.

Ganshoren is a predominantly white community that Kompany has served as city councillor for 12 years. He ran his election promising locals to help the elderly, expand child care accessibility and improve soccer fields.

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Ma-E and K.O Share Visuals For Their Collaborative Single ‘Navigator’

Watch Ma-E and K.O's music video for 'Navigator.'

Ma-E and K.O's reunion on "Navigator" was welcome by fans when the two rap veterans released the single in April.

In the song, the two rappers prove they still have chemistry. Not unexpected from artists who have been part of two crews together—Cashtime Fam and Teargas.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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Listen to Mr Eazi's New Song 'I No Go Give Up On You'

The Nigerian artist also recently announced an upcoming EP.

Mr Eazi is back with his latest track, 'I No Go Give Up On You," his latest song since the release of "Kpalanga" at the top of the year.

The track, is a mid-tempo love song, with Eazi singing sweetly to his lover about his unwavering feelings for her. He released the track under his ever-growing emPawa initiative, with a humorous visualizer to accompany it. The song was produced by Blaq Jerzee.

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