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Watch Nelson Makamo's Interview on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' for a Dose of Inspiration

Get to know how the South African artist uses imagery of the joyous African child as a language to communicate universal truths with the world.

It seems that Trevor Noah has been putting on for African creatives on The Daily Show more often and we're here for it.

South Africa's very own Nelson Makamo recently made an appearance on the show, where he talks about his journey from making his own toys out of clay to showing his family and community that he can establish himself as an earning artist independently.


"You've gone from being a successful South African artist to a world-renowned artist," Noah says to Makamo. "People come to South Africa to view your art, to purchase your art—from Alicia Keys to Oprah Winfrey."

Makamo also explains how he developed his noteworthy work into his own universal language, especially since his travels have revealed to him that we're all going through and aspiring for the same things as human beings.

He then goes in detail as to why he uses imagery of African children:

I had to use a reference that was too close to me which is of the child—an African child. If you look at how the African child was portrayed globally, it was portrayed either hungry, disadvantaged and all of that. But if you've been to Africa...it's like a taboo. I had to go back and reintroduce how we are as Africans—to actually say that we are more or less the same as any other person in the world.

As Noah summarizes, Makamo is well on his way to create a world where young African artists can access the world with their art rather than the gatekeepers telling them how their art should be accessed.

Watch the full clip here or below.

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The Rwandan Woman Who Made Football History

We talked to Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga, who is the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations' 65-year history.

On the 18th of January, 2022, a woman stepped into the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon, whistle in hand, a walkie-talkie tucked behind her shorts. Taking up her post as central referee for the Zimbabwe-Guinea game, she would make history as the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations. Chit-chat occupied the stands, as spectators waited for the curtains to be drawn at 17:00 hours for the match to begin. Whispers of “Hope she will deliver,” could be heard, as Salima Mukansanga prepared to take to the field.

During the match, some spectators counted the 34 yellow cards she handed out at the end; others found her soft and tender with no serious refereeing issues in the game. Mukansanga leads a quartet of women match officials for this year's AFCON, with Carine Atemzabong, from Cameroon, Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi, both from Morocco, present as assistant referees. Until this year’s tournament, in its 65-year history, an all-women team of refereeing officials had yet to be designated for an Africa Cup of Nations match.

With this accomplishment, 35-year-old Mukansanga has emerged as a trailblazer for other women who aspire to step out and break sporting bounds. Her role in this year’s tournament signals a major moment in the development of women refereeing in football, on the continent and for the sport as a whole.

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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.