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The Twelfth Wife of King Mswati III of eSwatini has Died

Nothando Dube, formally known as Inkhosikati LaDube, lost her battle with skin cancer.

The Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is in mourning after the passing of King Mswati III's twelfth wife, Nothando Dube. Her death follows the tragic suicide of King Mswati III's eighth wife, Senteni Masango, last year.


Dube, who was being treated for skin cancer at a hospital in South Africa, was 31-years-old when she passed away. According to the SABC, the news was announced on eSwatini Broadcasting and Information Services by the traditional governor of the king's palace.

It has been reported that Dube will be laid to rest on Sunday.

King Mswati III obtained a new bride in then 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama, the daughter of his cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama, back in 2017. At that time, Mashwama became the king's fourteenth wife although it is claimed that at present, he now has fifteen wives in total.

The monarchy, as is the case with so many others, has been accused of living a lavish lifestyle and spending millions of dollars over the past few years whilst the country is battling with poverty and inequality. It didn't help that on the king's 50th birthday last year, he wore a suit decked out in diamonds and a watch worth USD 1.6 million.



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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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