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The Stories You Need to Know: Nigerian App Developer Wins Top Engineering Prize, Nollywood's Crop of Female Directors and More

Nigerian app developer wins prestigious engineering award, Steve McQueen's star-studded thriller gets a release date and more.

NIGERIA—Tuteria, a Nigerian tutoring app created by 27-year-old Godwin Benson, has won the UK's Royal Academy's award for innovation in engineering. Benson earned a $32,000 cash prize for his app which links students with qualified tutors in their area. He beat out 16 other participants to claim the prize.


"We're proud to have him as our third Africa Prize winner, and we trust Tuteria will go on to change the lives of millions of people who are eager to learn and develop new skills," said Malcolm Brinded, one of the competition's judges.

Read more on this via BBC Africa.

NIGERIA—Female directors are leaving a much-needed imprint on the Nollywood scene. Isoken, the latest film directed by the industry's growing crop of female talent, is premiering in London this week. It's directed by Jadesola Osiberu and stars Dakore Akande who plays a 34-year-old woman whose family is uncomfortable with the fact that she is unmarried. When she does bring someone home, they are even more shocked to find out that he is white.

SOUTH AFRICA—One of South Africa's top investigators, Brigadier Piet, has died from lung cancer. He was 67.

The celebrated police officer responsible for the arrest of some of the country's most infamous serial killers. He served on the force for 38 years before retiring in 2010.

ZIMBABWE—President Mugabe's daughter has been appointed head of Zimbabwe's  censorship board, in what actor Silvanos Mudzvova, has described as "the final nail in the coffin for artistic freedom in the southern African state," New Zimbabwe reports. Her appointment has been highly contested by Zimbabweans.

Read the full story here.

DIASPORA—An official  release date for Widows—Steve McQueen's forthcoming thriller starring Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya and more—has been set. The highly anticipated film will hit theaters on November 16, 2018, Shadow and Act reports.

 

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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