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The Omotoso Trial is Resuming After a Long Postponement

The trial had been postponed after the presiding judge was asked by the defence to recuse himself.

Controversial Nigerian Pastor, Timothy Omotoso, is back at the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth as his trial resumes today. He is on trial for 63 charges of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking.


Timothy Omotoso is the well-known televangelist of the Jesus Dominion International Church which was subsequently shut down shortly after his trial began last year. The trial has taken South Africa by storm because it highlights how alleged 'holy men' constantly take advantage of their congregants.

South Africa is fertile ground for these charlatans because of the crippling poverty, unemployment and inequality that is the reality for their congregants. There have been congregants whose 'holy men' have had them eat grass, ingest petrol, have insecticide sprayed on them, all in an effort to 'heal them'. Another controversial 'holy man' in South Africa, Shepherd Bushiri, was arrested along with his wife, for money laundering and fraud. He is also set to appear in court today.

Omotoso allegedly kept about 30 young women at his home in Umhlanga Rocks where he allegedly forced them to perform various sexual acts on him. There will be 49 witnesses testifying against Omotoso in the trial. The first witness, Cheryl Zondi, testified last year at the beginning of the trial and was cross-examined by defence lawyer Peter Daubermann in what was a disgusting display of a man claiming to be ''doing his job''.

READ: The Omotoso Rape Trial Shows Why South African Women are in Crisis

The presiding Judge Mandela Makaula was asked to recuse himself by Daubermann who cited that he was not impartial and hence the postponement of the trial. The application to have Judge Makaula recuse himself has since been thrown out.



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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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Image courtesy of Adekunle Adeleke

Spotlight: Adekunle Adeleke Creates Digital Surrealist Paintings That Celebrate African Beauty

Get familiar with the work of Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Adekunle Adeleke, a Nigerian visual artist, using digital mediums to paint dream-like portraits of Africans. Read more about the inspirations behind his work below, and check out some of his stunning paintings underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

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