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Today Marks What Could be Caster Semenya's Last Race

The South African athlete will be competing in the 800m category at the Doha Diamond League.

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) ruled in favor of the IAAF, which wants Caster Semenya to lower her naturally high testosterone levels in order to continue competing, the athlete finds herself at a crossroads. She can concede and lower her testosterone, compete as she is in other long distance categories aside from the 400m, 800m and 1500m or walk away from athletics altogether.


A double Olympic gold medalist, Semenya is set to compete today in the Diamond League in Doha alongside Burundian Olympic silver medalist, Francine Niyonsaba, who will also have to take medication to lower her naturally high testosterone levels if she wishes to compete.

While it is likely that she will appeal the decision made by Cas and take it further to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, the process will of course take some time and the new IAAF regulations will officially take effect from the 8th May.

READ: #JustDoItForCaster Shows How South Africa is Rallying Behind Caster Semenya

However, the World Medical Association (WMA) has ordered doctors not to issue testosterone-lowering drugs despite the ruling by Cas. They stressed that the new regulations were based on a single study with weak evidence and went against a number of the medical body's ethical statements.

According to Sport24, the president of the WMA, Leonid Eidelman, said:

"We have strong reservations about the ethical validity of these regulations. They are based on weak evidence from a single study, which is currently being widely debated by the scientific community. They are also contrary to a number of key WMA ethical statements and declarations, and as such we are calling for their immediate withdrawal."

For almost a decade, Semenya has faced constant humiliation for her wins and her intersex condition. She was even subjected to a sex test following her win at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The ruling by Cas has been rightly termed by many as a gross violation of Semenya's human rights.

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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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