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Trevor Noah Imagines What a Boko Haram RNC Viewing Party Would Look Like

"Absolute Bulls#!t Chris Crispy is giving Hillary Clinton all the credit for our kidnappings."

Let's face it the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio this week has been an absolute shit-show. From Melania Trump's plagiarism controversy (she bit U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's words verbatim during her speech) to Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Donald Trump, the fodder of the RNC has been more entertaining than TV show The Apprentice. 


And we cannot fail to mention New Jersey governor Chris Christie's speech delivered Tuesday night where he labeled Democratic Party presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, "an apologist for an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria." Christie then goes on to blame Clinton for "the capture of innocent, young women," before the crowd erupted, chanting "Guilty!" and "Lock her up!"

So South-African The Daily Show host Trevor Noah imagined what it would be like if meanwhile Boko Haram had a viewing party somewhere in Nigeria. While the exchange makes light of the Chibok schoolgirl kidnappings that sparked viral hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirlswhich isn't so funny because many of the girls remain unaccounted for two years later, it's difficult to deny the hilarity of this scenario.

"Absolute Bulls#!t Chris Crispy is giving Hillary Clinton all the credit for our kidnappings," says one Boko Haram adversary while ironically donning a fitted cap with Trump's slogan, "Make America great again" on it.

Then Noah, dressed like a member of the terrorist group, chimes in, "We here at Boko Haram didn't need any help from Hillary to kidnap those girls. We will call Hillary when we need help deleting our emails."

"Light-skin is right," adds another militant with a belabored Nigerian accent. "You do all the hard work, you achieve your goals and then they give credit to some white person."

Yup, which pretty much describes the story of every black person's life at one point or another.

Grab some popcorn or jollof rice, whichever you prefer, and enjoy below.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Tributes are pouring in for the beloved actor who starred in the popular South African television drama 'Skeem Saam'.

South African actor and former radio broadcaster, Charles Maja, has passed away according to reports by TimesLIVE. Affectionately known as "Big Boy", the name of the character he played on the popular local drama series Skeem Saam, the actor reportedly suffered a fatal stroke earlier this morning while in the northern province of Limpopo. He was just 54.

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Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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