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South African Rapper AKA Won the Nickelodean Kids' Choice Award

AKA is the first South African rapper to win the award.

AKA (or should we rather say King Forbes?) scooped up the Nickelodean Kids Choice Award on Sunday at the glamorous ceremony held in Los Angeles. He's since taken to social media to thank his fans, fellow rapper Kwesta and especially his daughter, Kairo, for their unwavering support.


The "Fela in Versace" star beat the likes of TV personalities Nomzamo Mbatha and Somizi, cricket superstar Kagiso Rabada and South African Springbok rugby captain, Siya Kolisi, for the coveted prize in the category of Favorite South African Star.

In his acceptance speech, AKA said:

"I also want to dedicate this award to my brother Kwesta and his wife who got married this past weekend. I couldn't attend because I had to be here in LA. God bless the Vilakazis and cheers to many happy years of more life."

As per Nickelodean tradition, the rapper was slimed as he picked up his award.

AKA's nomination for the award was announced earlier this year and his daughter Kairo, was on a mission to ensure the rapper got as many votes as he possibly could.

Although Kairo could not attend the ceremony because of visa issues, she sent her favorite doll in her place instead. Fans have been congratulating AKA on social media ever since he announced his win.






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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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