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Video: What It Means To Be Human By Chris Abani

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“The world is never saved by grand messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible, acts of compassion” says writer/poet Chris Abani (of "Graceland" fame) in this tender-hearted TEDTalk given a few years ago. Part-biographical, part-philosophical exploration on what it means to be human, Abani shares anecdotes about growing up under a military dictatorship in Nigeria in the 1980s and sharing a prison cell with inmates on death row. Throughout all this he discovers one important truth: “there is no way for us to be human without other people.”

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5 Books by African Writers You Need To Read This Summer

Add these books to your summer reading list.

It's summer now, the days are finally longer and its warm enough to enjoy some reading outside. Here is a list of books by African writers that have recently come out this May and June, just in time to be added to your summer reading list.

Since the novel often dominates discussions about African literature, we've added some poetry, nonfiction, and short stories for those looking to branch out into different genres.

Take a look at the five books by African writers you need to read this summer below.

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The Okayafrica 2016 Year-End Book List

We look back at the biggest, baddest books of 2016 by African and Diasporan writers.

We’ve been wanting to wish 2016 good riddance almost immediately upon its arrival and now it’s nearly time. But before we bring out the von Trapp children to bid it adieu, let us acknowledge something that didn’t disappoint us in 2016: books.

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Watch Zozibini Tunzi's Interview on 'Sway In The Morning'

The newly-crowned Miss Universe says that "if we start instilling leadership in young girls, then they grow up to be the leaders we need in the future."

It's been a few days since Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned this year's Miss Universe. While South Africans and the world are still reeling from the fact that a dark-skinned woman wearing her natural hair (in a fade, mind you) was crowned Miss Universe, Tunzi has already hit the ground running with her international press tour.

Currently in New York City, she stopped by for an interview on Sway in the Morning.

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Kwesta and Rick Ross’ Collaboration is Finally Here

Kwesta releases new single featuring Rick Ross, accompanied by a music video.

Around this time last year, Kwesta shared images from a video shoot for a song that features Rick Ross. Today, the South African rapper finally shared the song accompanied by a music video.

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