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'Whispering Truth to Power' is an Important Documentary for Women's Month

The award-winning documentary featuring former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, reminds us of the true spirit behind South Africa celebrating women during August.

August is Women's Month in South Africa. Filmmaker Shameela Seedat's award-winning 2018 documentary, Whispering Truth to Power, is the perfect way for South Africans to not only celebrate Women's Month but to also remind them why the country even celebrates it in the first place.


Women's Day, which is celebrated on August 9th, commemorates the 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1950 in protest of the "pass laws" that had been introduced by the then Apartheid government. Women's day has always been an honoring of the spirit of protest, resolve and courage displayed by South African women in their fight for the liberation of Black South Africans, vastly different from what it has become nowadays.

What better way to honor the spirit of protest and liberation than to watch Seedat's Whispering Truth to Power? The documentary follows the last year of Thuli Madonsela's last year in office as the country's Public Protector. It details how she took on former President Jacob Zuma in a battle that brought to light how Zuma had misappropriated R246 million (USD 16 million), all of which was taxpayers' money, on upgrades to his personal home in Nkandla. Madonsela's work was instrumental in South Africans calling for Zuma to step down and demanding that he #PayBackTheMoney.

Over the years, and understandably so, there has been growing criticism around South Africa failing to protect its women throughout the year and then launching into an abrupt and often pretentious celebration of women during a single month. With alarmingly high femicide, rape and domestic violence statistics, South African women have pointed out that much more needs to be done to actively address the challenges facing women in the country, significantly more than just bouquets of flowers and endless posts on social media.

Watch the trailer for Whispering Truth to Power below. You can also stream the full documentary on Showmax.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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