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Koffi Olomide's Show In South Africa Has Been Cancelled

The venue has confirmed the cancellation of the Congolese artist's show after a petition circulated, demanding that the convicted rapist be banned from performing in the country.

UPDATE 06/18: South Africa's Shimmy Beach Club has cancelled the previously schedule performance of Congolese rhumba musician and convicted rapist, Kofi Olomide, following a large public outcry, demanding that the artist be stopped from performing in the country.

He was slated to perform at the venue on June 30. Shimmy Beach Club released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday in response to the group known as the Stop Koffi Olomide Collective, which launched a petition against his performance. According to the venue, the decision to no longer host Olomide was made last week.

The Stop Koffi Olomide Collective has responded asking for further action to ensure the full removal of the artist from promotional posters and ticket-selling sites.

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Koffi Olomide, real name Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, is set to perform in South Africa at the end of this month in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. However, a petition to prevent him from performing is being circulated on the basis of his criminal track record with women especially.


Recently, the Congolese artist was convicted of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers, who was 15-years-old at the time, and given a two-year suspended sentence by a French court, the BBC reports.

Additionally, during the court proceedings, four of Olamide's former dancers alleged that they were repeatedly sexually assaulted by the artist between 2002 and 2006 and held against their will while in Paris. However, the court dismissed the kidnapping and assault charges.

Olomide has a long history of run-ins with the law. In 2018, he was arrested in Zambia after he allegedly assaulted a photographer. Two years prior to that, Olomide was arrested and deported by Kenyan authorities after he allegedly assaulted one of his dancers and in 2012, he was given a 3-month suspended sentence after assaulting his producer.

The petition against Olomide has been shared by the likes of South African poet Lebo Mashile and is steadily gaining traction. A Twitter page @StopKoffiOlomi1 has been created as a means to share the petition further.

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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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