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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 06: Somizi Mhlongo during the Idols SA S15 Top 7 performance at the State Theatre on October 06, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. Viewers have seen many highly talented individuals who are all fighting for the prize as well as the title of South African Idols Season 15.

Somizi's Mouth-Watering Cookbook Secures Top Spot

Popular South African media personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung's 'Dinner at Somizi's - I Am Not A Chef' is the highest selling cookbook in South Africa.

According to News24, Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung's cookbook Dinner at Somizi's - I Am Not A Chef has held the highest selling spot since November of last year. The book sales for the cookbook have reportedly toppled over veteran chef Jamie Oliver's cookbook. Mhlongo-Motaung, who is one of South Africa's most prominent media personalities and dance choreographers, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

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The success of the cookbook follows the popularity of Mhlongo-Motaung's Shomax television show, Dinner at Somizi's, where guests are interviewed while making a scrumptious dinner. The culinary variety show garnered a huge following when it debuted during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in July of last year. However, Dinner at Somizi's was not entirely embraced when it first came out as some criticised the show for not having a trained chef as the host.

Dinner at Somizi's- I Am Not A Chef comes as cultural upswing in South Africa's literary scene. Mhlongo-Motaung reportedly wanted to create a book for his fans to show off how easy it is to make authentic and aesthetically-pleasing meals. The media personality and author follows in the footsteps of other famous published South African chefs and cooks, Siba Mtongana, Cape Town chef Zola Nene, Lorna Maseko and musician, J-Something.

Mhlongo-Motaung thanked his fans for buying his first cookbook and making his dreams come true. In 2017, he released his first autobiography titled Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit - The Somizi Mhlongo Story. The book tells of the up and downs Mhlongo-Motaung has faced in his tumultuous public career from starring in South Africa's hit film Sarafina to losing all of his money and rising back to popularity.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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