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South Africa's Spy Agency Tried to Censor a Book About Zuma and It Backfired

The State Security Agency issued a cease-and-desist on a book about corruption in the Zuma administration but it's only making people want to read it more

A publishing company in South Africa has been threatened with a cease-and-desist by a South African government agency for a book it published this week on corruption in the Jacob Zuma administration. But the government's attempt at censorship is only adding to the book's appeal.

"The President's Keepers," by Jacques Pauw exposes the government of Jacob Zuma as "a gangster state," undergirded by "a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers" who actively work to keep Zuma in power and avoid imprisonment, according to the book description.

The state agency demanded the publishers, NB Publishing Company withdraw the book from stores and retract sections. The company tweeted about the incident along with a copy of the letter.

The SSA cease-and-desist asserts that the Pauw's work poses a threat to the South African government. It claims that the book was in violation of the Intelligent Service Act, which endangers the safety of government officials.

Even if you're not a big reader, whatever is in the pages of the book that is causing the government so much fear makes you want to take a peak.



Here's how the sales are looking at one bookstore:




"As our client is constitutionally mandated to protect ensure the security of the state and protect it the identity of its members and its agents, it has a duty to act in instances where such security has been breached," said the SSA.

In the book, Pauw uncovers the secrets of Jacob Zuma's compromised government, says the description. The book summary also refers to the administration as a dangerous network that "eliminates the president's enemies and purges law-enforcement agencies of good men and women." But Pauw's work also shows that the line of who's controlling who is blurry.

As a means to suppress and control, the government's method has definitely backfired.

Not only has it signaled the possibility of increased book sales, but it has already sparked a larger conversation about the unfortunate irony of a government attacking the freedom of information in order to keep their own actions under wraps.



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Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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Mini Cho and the Renaissance of African Surf Culture

Competitive surfing helped Mini Cho find his place in the world. Now he wants to bring other Mozambicans into the fold.

While competitive surfing may be relatively new for much of coastal Africa, the existence of wave-riding has always been embedded within the rich diversity of African cultures. The recently released book Afrosurf, explores the renaissance of African surf culture, and the communities that have cultivated it.

The origins of surfing are commonly associated with Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, but historians, like University of California history professor, Kevin Dawson, have collated documented evidence of the independent history of African wave-riding from as early as the 1640s.

Yet, the development of professional surfing has created a surfing culture that has been predominantly framed from a Western perspective.

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