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South Africans are Remembering the Late Anti-Apartheid Veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Today marks a year since her death.

Last year, the "Mother of the Nation", Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away after being ill for some time. South Africans were in mourning as they bid farewell to a woman who had fought her entire life for the liberation of Black people and consequently endured all manner of torture by the Apartheid regime.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife to the late struggle hero Nelson Mandela, was an unapologetic and militant freedom fighter. She was political way before she married Mandela. However, her contribution to South Africa's democracy was overshadowed by what many South Africans have come to know as Stratcom, a group during Apartheid whose sole purpose was to spread misinformation and carry out smear campaigns of the leaders of underground opposition parties.

In Madikizela-Mandela's case, this is said to have been evident in the controversial trial where she was accused of killing a teenage activist named Stompie Seipei. Although she was found not guilty and Jerry Richardson was instead charged and sentenced for Stompie's murder, the occurrence of the trial itself followed her negatively for the rest of her life.

In efforts to continue to honor the late anti-Apartheid struggle veteran, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been spearheading the motion to have Cape Town International Airport named after Madikizela-Mandela. After a major road was named after the struggle hero earlier this year, the motion to rename Cape Town International Airport may not be too out of reach.

Described as a figure of tremendous strength and resilience, South Africans everywhere are remembering Madikizela-Mandela today and all that she meant to each of them personally.

READ: A Tribute to the Late Apartheid Struggle Veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela











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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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