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'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' To Begin Airing In Africa

'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' will begin airing in Africa this September via MTV.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to begin airing in Africa on MTV, who, according to Hollywood Reporter, has secured exclusive African TV broadcast rights to the program. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno previously aired on the continent on CNBC Africa until Leno's departure--but this the first African TV deal for Fallon's version.

Says Dillon Khan, channel director for MTV and VH1 South Africa, "We are delighted that Jimmy will be joining our line-up as star of The Tonight Show, and thrilled to be introducing this entertainment phenomenon to new audiences in Africa. We expect The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to form a staple part of our audience’s daily viewing, with each show driving conversations among fans from the swings in the playground to the water cooler at work and everywhere in between."

Starting Wednesday, September 24th, The Tonight Show will air on weekdays at 18:00 CAT, along with an omnibus edition to air from 17:00 to 19:00 CAT on Saturdays and Sundays. MTV is currently available on the continent in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania.

The move is expected to boost Viacom's presence in Africa. As Hollywood Reporter points out, the parent company of MTV international channels has made a recent effort to begin expanding on the continent, perhaps beginning with the return of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) back in June.

For more from The Tonight Show watch Questlove take Okayplayer TV backstage for Fallon's Tonight Show debut. So far this year Stromae, Ghanaian/Ivorian/Norwegians Nico & Vinz, and the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb! Band have all joined the Roots on stage at 30 Rock.

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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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