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5 South African Web Series You Should Be Watching

The best web shows created by young South Africans, for young South Africans.

Young South Africans have used the web series format to create eclectic and authentic South African stories. From animated hip-hop tales and food, to spirituality and discussions on modern African society, check out some of the best web shows created by young South Africans, for young South Africans.


Reconnecting Pangaea

Reconnecting Pangaea is a four-part documentary series aimed at exploring the positive and negative effects the internet is having on a modern African society. The brainchild of filmmaker Bokang Sibolla, Nadine Kutu (producer, co-writer), Lee Molefi (director, co-writer) and Moipone Tlale (video journalist, co-writer), the series takes a practical look at how technology and the advent of the internet have affected industries like culture, politics, business and education. The first episode, hosted by video journalist Moipone Tlale, explores how urban culture and its inhabitants have shifted from organic influence to online social currency. She speaks at length with former YMag editor Siphiwe Mpye and cultural entrepreneur Mpumelelo ‘Frypan’ Mpula about this shift and how it will affect urban culture going forward.

Kronikles Of Hip Hop

Kronikles of Hip Hop is an animated comedy web series created by Phaa Toonz, an online portal that produces sketches, animations, music videos and quirky web series that are, as per their slogan, "Mzansi-mnandi". The web series injects some humour into the often melodramatic SA music scene, poking fun at major events in the industry like the AKA/Cassper feud, the Cashtime debacle with Ntukza and South Africa’s most popular creative collective Boyzn Bucks. KO regularly provides content for the web series as does Cassper Nyovest, who has starred as a caricature of himself on the show. Of course, the series is just one of the brands the production house owns. They recently collaborated with Khuli Chana to create an animated video for his single "Respek."

The Spirit Series

The Spirit Series, hosted by the daughter of ANC stalwart Zweli Mkhize, Nokulinda Mkhize, explores critical aspects of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. A trained sangoma and spiritual healer, Mkhize puts a modern spin on a largely traditional aspect of African spirituality, giving out her consultations mainly over Skype. The series sees Noksangoma, as she’s affectionately known, discussing the role our ancestors play in love, sex and money.

Africa on a Plate

Africa on a Plate is a web series that incorporates cooking with travel and culture. Hosted by up-and-coming chef Lentswe Bhengu, the show is a celebration of South Africa’s vast and beautiful heritage and cuisine, which Bhengu indulges in every episode. The program was ultimately picked up by The Africa Channel as a full TV series, broadcasting weekly episodes in the U.S., Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada and other islands throughout the Caribbean. The show has since expanded into a cross-continental TV series that follows young African chefs as they travel and explore Africa.

Broke Niggaz

Broke Niggaz is a web series about a group of friends in their early twenties living in Johannesburg navigating everything between varsity, girls and the social life of the typical ‘cool kid’. Mostly set in intimate settings, the majority of the show features conversations between a group of friends interrogating their own convictions and the pitfalls of being young and cool and what that means in 2016. The brainchild of vlogger Menzi Mzimela, the show has since spawned 30 episodes.

Thapelo Mosiuoa is a Johannesburg-based copywriter, lifestyle writer and the author of an unfinished book. Follow him on Twitter at @ThapeloMosiuoa.

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Introducing OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020 List

Celebrating African Women Laying the Groundwork for the Future

It would not be hyperbole to consider the individuals we're honoring for OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020 list as architects of the future.

This is to say that these women are building infrastructure, both literally and metaphorically, for future generations in Africa and in the Diaspora. And they are doing so intentionally, reaching back, laterally, and forward to bridge gaps and make sure the steps they built—and not without hard work, mines of microaggressions, and challenges—are sturdy enough for the next ascent.

In short, the women on this year's list are laying the groundwork for other women to follow. It's what late author and American novelist Toni Morrison would call your "real job."

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else."

And that's what inspired us in the curation of this year's list. Our honorees use various mediums to get the job done—DJ's, fashion designers, historians, anthropologists, and even venture capitalists—but each with the mission to clear the road ahead for generations to come. Incredible African women like Eden Ghebreselassie, a marketing lead at ESPN who created a non-profit to fight energy poverty in Eritrea; or Baratang Miya, who is quite literally building technology clubs for disadvantaged youth in South Africa.

There are the builds that aren't physically tangible—movements that inspire women to show up confidently in their skin, like Enam Asiama's quest to normalize plus-sized bodies and Frédérique (Freddie) Harrel's push for Black and African women to embrace the kink and curl of their hair.

And then there are those who use their words to build power, to take control of the narrative, and to usher in true inclusion and equity. Journalists, (sisters Nikki and Lola Ogunnaike), a novelist (Oyinkan Braithwaite), a media maven (Yolisa Phahle), and a number of historians (Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Leïla Sy) to name a few.

In a time of uncertainty in the world, there's assuredness in the mission to bring up our people. We know this moment of global challenge won't last. It is why we are moving forward to share this labor of love with you, our trusted and loyal audience. We hope that this list serves as a beacon for you during this moment—insurance that future generations will be alright. And we have our honorees to thank for securing that future.

EXPERIENCE 100 WOMEN 2020

The annual OkayAfrica 100 Women List is our effort to acknowledge and uplift African women, not only as a resource that has and will continue to enrich the world we live in, but as a group that deserves to be recognized, reinforced and treasured on a global scale. In the spirit of building infrastructure, this year's list will go beyond the month of March (Women's History Month in America) and close in September during Women's Month in South Africa.

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The 20 Essential Burna Boy Songs

We comb through the Nigerian star's hit-filled discography to select 20 essential songs from the African Giant.

Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with his chart-topping single, "Like to Party," and the subsequent release of his debut album, L.I.F.E - Leaving an Impact for eternity, Burna Boy has continued to prove time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with.

The African Giant has, over the years, built a remarkable musical identity around the ardent blend of dancehall, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and afropop to create a game-changing genre he calls afro-fusion. The result has been top tier singles, phenomenal collaborations, and global stardom—with several accolades under his belt which include a Grammy nomination and African Giant earning a spot on many publications' best albums of 2019.

We thought to delve into his hit-filled discography to bring you The 20 Essential Burna Boy Songs.

This list is in no particular order.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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