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Wizkid and Stormzy Win Best International Act, Issa Rae Slays and Other Highlights From the 2017 BET Awards

From Issa Rae's "awkward black girl moment" to Solange's acceptance speech, here are the highlights from this year's BET Awards.

DIASPORA—The 2017 BET Awards went down last night in Los Angeles and it was a rather eventful night to say the least.


Starboy, Wizkid, beat out Mr Eazi, AKA, Nasty C, Davido and more, taking home his second Best International Act: Africa award. While grime heavyweight, Stormzy won his second Best International Act: Europe award. Sadly, it seems that despite some artists best efforts and angry tweets from previous years, these awards were still not televised.

Nonetheless, some of our favorite African celebs were in attendance. Some as presenters, others as performers and some were just there being black and beautiful.

As with any award show, the 2017 BET Awards offered a healthy does of awkward mixups, humor, technical difficulties, and also top-notch entertainment.

Below are some highlights from this year's award show.

Our favorite showrunner, Issa Rae had quite the "awkward black girl" moment when MC Lyte mistakenly introduced her as Black-ish star, Yara Shahidi. I guess things come full circle? There was nothing awkward about how fly Rae's looked in her outfit though!

French Montana enlisted The Ghetto Kids for an "Unforgettable" performance of his hit song with Swae Lee. It was great seeing the Ugandan dance crew on stage with the two rappers, but the overall performance did have a few questionable moments. Insecure star Yvonne Orji summed things up nicely with this tweet:

You can watch the performance for yourself here:

Ghanaian actor Kofi Siriboe showed up looking like this:

Princess Vitarah and comedian Michael Blackson were also in attendance.

OkayAfrica favorite, Solange won the Centric Award, and her acceptance speech was just as gracious as you'd expect.

Mahershala Ali won Best Actor for his seminal role in Moonlight and Beyoncé, of course,  lead the pack with seven wins.

Congrats to all the winners!
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Spirit Of Humanity Gives Hope To Young Boy Mauled By A Hyena

A 9-year-old Zimbabwean boy Rodwell Nkomazana has a shot at a normal life, again, after a horrific hyena attack left him with half of his face missing.

It takes a village to raise a child and sometimes that village comes from thousands of kilometers away, and consists of committed surgeons, passionate nurses and generous international donors. Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was asleep at an all-night church service when the unthinkable happened. The little boy was attacked and mauled by a hyena outside Harare, in Zimbabwe.

The medical team at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, where he received his initial treatment, did all they could to save his life and stabilise him. However, due to a lack of resources and expertise, it was all they could do.

With half of his face missing, including an eye, his upper lip, his nose and part of his forehead, Rodwell was set for a life full of challenges. Not only would he have lost his childhood, but he would have probably spent most of his time in seclusion — isolated from the rest of society.

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