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Watch Samba Yonga's Kick-Ass TED Talk on an 'African Superhero Curriculum'

The co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum speaks about the importance of indigenous knowledge in creating Africa's own superheroes.

Co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum, Samba Yonga, is on a mission to reclaim Africa's history and indigenous knowledge in a way that allows Africans to centre themselves in their own narratives and become their own superheroes.

She recently spoke at TEDxLusaka about developing a "blueprint for the African superhero curriculum". It's the TED talk that you definitely need to watch this year.


Yonga starts off by talking about what she terms Western "superheroes"—the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Mahatma Gandhi and even Disney's Cinderella. Naturally, everyone in the audience knows each one. She speaks about how the rest of the world has modelled what it means to be an extraordinary character or "superhero" after figures such as these.

Yonga then goes on to mention Gundu Bedyango, who was "responsible for brokering a co-leadership with the invading Chief Mukuni in Zambia's southern province" in the 18th century, Mansa Musa of the 14th century Malian Shongai empire and the more contemporary Chika Ezeanya Esiobu, a researcher from Nigeria who firmly believes in the power of Africa's indigenous knowledge.

Proving her point, not as many people in the audience are as familiar with these African "superheroes" compared to their Western counterparts.

"The West has a very good way of teaching us their "knowledge" and they demonstrate that unless we learn knowledge, we won't attain much in terms of development or achievements. I believe that even if the West has done so much to improve the world that our own indigenous knowledge would have had an impact," Yonga says.

Proposing what she feels is the way forward, Yonga adds, "We need to acknowledge and then restore this indigenous knowledge so we can create our own superheroes. I call them superheroes because had this information been retained, and cultivated, it would have existed together with modern systems of knowledge."

Watch her full TEDxLusaka talk below:

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Britain Will Return a Stolen Bronze Cockerel to Nigeria

The Benin bronze or 'okukor' was stolen from Benin City, now Nigeria, in the 19th century and given to Cambridge University's Jesus College.

Cambridge University's Jesus College will return a bronze cockerel which was looted by the British in Benin City, now Nigeria, in the 19th century. The cockerel, which is referred to as the Benin bronze or 'okukor' was removed from display back in 2016 after students and academics who are part of the Legacy of Slavery Working Party (LSWP) took a vote and insisted it be repatriated to Nigeria, according to the BBC. This was shortly after students at Oxford University had called for the removal of the statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes from Oriel College.

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Watch Bonang Matheba's Interview With The Breakfast Club

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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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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

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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