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South Africans Welcome Saray Khumalo Back Home

She is the first Black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Saray Khumalo became the first Black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest two weeks ago. Her fourth attempt at climbing the colossal mountain, Khumalo was determined to prove that Black African women are just as capable as all those who climbed Everest before them.


Khumalo climbed Mount Everest to help raise funds for a variety of organisations and initiatives geared to supporting disadvantaged children. She dedicated her historic climb to African children, urging them to "reach their own individual Everest".

However, the historic climb was not without tragedy. One of Khumalo's climbing partners, Ravi Thakar, died after having reached the peak.

No stranger to reaching some of the toughest summits in the world, Khumalo has also climbed Mount Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, Mera Peak in Nepal and Mount Elbrus traverse in southern Russia, according to News24.

Hundreds of South Africans recently welcomed Khumalo as she arrived at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. At a press briefing, Khumalo said:

"It wasn't just a personal quest. It was something I embarked on in an effort to educate the African child. Everything that I have done, I've done because somebody invested in my education. I believe my achievement means that, in a small way, I took every African, who might have been told that they couldn't consider their pursuit, with me to the top of the world."

Those on social media have also given Khumalo a warm welcome:






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What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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