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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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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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