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South Africa's Siya Kolisi Wins Personality of the Year Award

The Springbok captain beat out several others to be named the Rugby Union Writers' Club's 2019 Personality of the Year.

Just a few months ago, South Africa's Springboks brought home the win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating England 32-12. Led by team captain Siya Kolisi, the first Black captain of the national rugby team, it was a moment that inspired genuine hope for many South Africans living within a politically uncertain landscape.

More recently, Kolisi has been named the 2019 Personality of the Year by the Rugby Union Writers' Club (RUWC), according to eNCA.


The RUWC's shortlist of nominees was dominated by South African players. In addition to Kolisi, head coach Rassie Erasmus and scrum-half Faf de Klerk also made the list alongside Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and Japan's Michael Leitch.

Taking to social media to thank fans for their continued support, Kolisi said:

"Thank you so much for this award. I'm really honored to be accepting this award. It's a huge honor and privilege on behalf of me and obviously my teammates, without them I wouldn't have achieved this. I just want to say on behalf of South Africa, thank you for supporting rugby and supporting us as a country as well...It's good to see that rugby is being recognized and the game is growing...This is not just for me and my teammates and South Africa, it's for all rugby players around the world. Let's keep growing the game."

Last year, Kolisi was also awarded the People's Choice Sports Star during the 2019 South African Sports Awards.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

The record-breaking marathon runner has been nominated for the top prize in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

Sport24 reports that Kenyan athlete and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

He's made the prestigious nominations list alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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