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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl Of Africa' Debuts

Watch the first episode of the 'The Pearl of Africa,' a new documentary series focusing on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu.


Last week we reported on The Pearl of Africa, a groundbreaking documentary series focusing on Ugandan transgender rights activist Cleopatra Kambugu and her decision to transition openly despite rising anti-LGBTQI sentiment in the East African nation. The first installment of the seven-part series has surfaced online this week, offering viewers a firsthand look into the highs and lows of Cleo's life over an 18 month period as captured by Swedish director Jonny von Wallström. The inaugural episode, which clocks in at just over five minutes, introduces us to Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson. The episode also details the changes that have occurred in Cleo's life in the wake of her public outing in Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper and proposed anti-gay legislation from the Ugandan government. There are six more episodes planned for the series, which we'll be posting as they're made available each week. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch first episode of The Pearl of Africa below.

>>>Read: Ugandan Transgender Rights Take Center Stage In Documentary Film The Pearl of Africa

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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