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The South African Finance Minister Feels the Country is too ''Africanist''

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni seems to be in the bad books of Black Twitter once again.

South African Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, just can't seem to stay away from controversy, particularly on social media. If he's not rubbing South Africans the wrong way with his constant comparisons between South Africa and Rwanda, he's effectively opposing the rights of Black students to learn in a language they can actually understand at the University of Pretoria.


Mboweni's most recent comments are on how he feels South Africa has become too "Africanist". Is this code for the country having becoming too "Black"?

In an interview with local radio station Power FM, Mboweni said:

"Some appointments in government are not broad enough to represent what we call a democratic non-racial, non-sexist society. From time to time, I've had a feeling that we have become too narrow Africanist. Most of the appointments that we make in the public service, for example, are very Africanist."

Whilst the goal for many anti-Apartheid struggle veterans was the eventual emergence of a non-racial and equal society, the truth of the matter is that the current reality shows just how far South Africa still has to go.

From White South Africans stirring racial tensions with false "white genocide" narratives, the increasing establishment of Whites-only settlements to even the likes of Springboks rugby captain Siya Kolisi (a Black man, mind you) making ignorant comments on the racial quota system which is attempting to redress injustices of the past, a non-racial future is not quite within reach as yet.

On one hand, quite a number of South Africans were not impressed by Mboweni's comments:




However, others were in agreement with him:






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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.

July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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