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Disgruntled Zimbabwean civil servants march while carrying protest banners rejecting current salary payments in the local currency and demanded to be paid in United States Dollars so they can a meet their basic cost of living in Harare, on November 6, 2019.

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Here are Their Personal Stories

We highlight the experiences of 10 Zimbabweans impacted by the ongoing unrest in the country and the significance of the Zimbabwean Lives Matter movement on their lives.

Since July, there have been scenes of chaos in Zimbabwe's capital Harare and in other regions across the country as police officers assault and arrest protesting citizens. Long queues outside of supermarkets are common as people attempt to buy food they can no longer afford. The homes of journalists, opposition leaders and anyone who criticizes the government are being ransacked. The mere threat of reprisals for those who dare to mobilise and stage demonstrations is enough to keep many holed up in their homes.

Over the past few months, Zimbabwe has been embroiled in anti-government protests both online and on the ground in an attempt to raise awareness about human rights violations and media censorship at the hands of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government. The celebrations of 2017 that followed after longtime President Robert Mugabe stepped down, and the hope that permeated the air at the time, seem like a distant memory.

From mass arrests and detainments to documented instances of police intimidation and brutality, the online movement Zimbabwean Lives Matter has and continues to shine a light on the volatile socio-political and economic troubles of Zimbabwe. And while the government insists there is no national crisis, every day the rest of the world learns that this is untrue.

And so OkayAfrica asked Zimbabweans both in the country and the diaspora to share their personal stories with us. These are stories illustrating the complex realities of real people and their fears, frustrations, suffering, and the sliver of hope they continue to cling to in the hopes of tangible change for their country.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Names have been kept anonymous where requested.

Tendai, Student, 21

MDD, Student, 29

David Orpen, Software Engineer, 36

Anonymous, Engineer, 27

MDM, Self-employed, 56

Anonymous, Lawyer, 27

Anonymous, Unemployed, 41

Nhari Unendoro, Civil Servant, 33

Robert Jones, Digital Marketer, 32

Jongumuzi Lobati, Graphic Designer, 36


Tendai, Student, 21

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

I've been in Zimbabwe my whole life.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

I would describe it as an escalation of human rights violations in the form of abductions, torture and lawfare whereby dissenting voices are detained for months using bogus charges as punishment for speaking out. There has been an escalation in corruption too.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

I would say I am afraid for both my life and livelihood as well as that of my relatives because the economy is in a freefall. Civil servants now get about 40 USD per month and hospitals are closed during this pandemic because doctors and nurses are on strike. The only way out is to call for the resignation of this government as it has all the levers of power but no intention to fix things. However, if you call for this, you risk being kidnapped, tortured and raped (if you are a woman). We are between a rock and a hard place. If you get sick in Zimbabwe, you die even if it's something minor and this is what the normal citizen is facing.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

I think it has not helped the situation as of yet because the authorities continue to persecute critics. However, it was never meant to be a solution to our problems. It was meant to get the world's attention so as to pressure the relevant international organisations (SADC, AU, UN, UNSC) to intervene or elicit unilateral action from powerful nations like neighbouring South Africa. So far, we haven't gotten the forceful action we were looking for but if it is sustained and intensified, the campaign can be the first step in resolving the decades-old crisis in our country.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

I haven't had any connections to the protests so far.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Nothing has changed in terms of government action. The spotlighting of heinous crimes on social media is the only change that has occured but nothing is happening which hasn't happened before. Abductions, the killing of opposition members, the detention of opposition figures, nepotism in government, hyperinflation and grand corruption have always existed in Zimbabwe since independence.

Mr Mnangagwa is carrying on his party's traditions. Zanu-PF is irredeemable and incapable of any form of reform because they are all compromised. They have committed serious crimes since the Mugabe administration so they themselves can never stop corruption in Zimbabwe. They are the problem and are used to acting with impunity.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

I want the rest of the world to know that Zimbabweans are suffering and in need of their help to amplify #ZimbabweanLivesMatter until it reaches the right desk so that we can get help. The world helped free us from white minority rule and so we call upon it again to liberate us from the liberators themselves. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

I would like to see electoral reforms so that for the first time in history, the Zimbabwean people get to choose their leader without any fear of reprisals. Additionally, institutional reforms so that the presidency is never allowed to capture the two other branches of government. I also want to see economic reforms so that Zimbabweans rise out of poverty and get to enjoy a life of dignity.

MDD, Student, 29

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

The unrest and dissatisfaction has always been there. What is beautiful is seeing people speaking out i.e. the general populace, activists, the church, politicians and civic society. People are speaking in one voice..united under the #Zimbabwean Lives Matter banner.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

Politically, [I have been affected] as a supporter of the opposition. I have witnessed consistent electoral irregularities. Currently elected MPs are being recalled from parliament and replaced by individuals aligned to the ruling party. Economically, my family income and savings have been eroded.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes. In certain cases you have to hide your identity before speaking out for fear that your family will be victimised.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

Yes. The region, the continent and the world are now aware of what the people of Zimbabwe are going through. We have managed to destroy ZANU-PF's propaganda machinery and tell the world the correct narrative. People now know who ED Mnangagwa is.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

I make sure to keep the awareness going through daily tweets and the sharing of information.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

The state has become more militarised. ZANU-PF has captured the state i.e. courts, the army, electoral commission, parliament and police. Zimbabweans can't breathe.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

The ZANU-PF government is corrupt, murderous, repressive and predatory. Democractic means such as elections and courts are now captured by the party. Activist activity in some cases leads to torture, arrest or murder. We need regional help.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

[I want to see] the opening up of the democratic space and a return to constitutionalism, the demilitarisation of the country and free and fair elections.

David Orpen, Software Engineer, 36

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

[I have been in the] diaspora since 2004, about 17 Years or so.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

ZANU-PF is harshly cracking down on peaceful protests engendered by rightful indignation over the state of the economy and the healthcare system. Only desperate people protest in Zimbabwe because ZANU-PF is so good at spreading fear, abducting, torturing and making people disappear. So the fact that there are widespread protests tells you that people are at their limit.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

A friend was abducted a few years ago and she was arrested again more recently. She is brave. Other friends who live in Zimbabwe have seen their lives reduced to a struggle to survive. My parents' generation was hit hard and their children live abroad. My generation is scattered all over the world. It's not uncommon for a family to have siblings on 3 different continents. We make new lives for ourselves but we miss home.

"We make new lives for ourselves but we miss home."

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

I am afraid for my friends who live in Zimbabwe. Life in Zimbabwe is hard even at normal times. Now with the government cracking down and the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and medical care are basically non-existent. The Zimbabwean dollar is collapsing again (predictably). The Zimbabwean government has no interest in improving things. Even without actively murdering people (which they do plenty anyway) they are killing them slowly. Preventable diseases. Starvation. Poverty. No one is immune except for the elites.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

I just hope. All Zimbabweans hope. We hope that things can change. I want to help. This #ZimbabweanLivesMatter movement has made me aware that others feel similarly. We need to take action and organize. Sooner rather than later. We as Zimbabweans must stand up and fight for what was stolen from us.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

Just Twitter. I know it's pathetic. I've also given money as well to a couple of organizations though.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Mnangagwa is not bothering to hide his evil nature. Mugabe was a clever politician. He, for example, would never have taken on the Church directly. Mnangagwa is more of a brute, more inclined to rule by force and less bothered to pretend that he rules for the benefit of all. Of course he goes through the motions.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

To be honest, I am convinced that we as Zimbabweans need to solve our problems. I recently read a book (Gene Sharp's From Dictatorship to Democracy) about how non-violent defiance can bring down totalitarian regimes like that in Zimbabwe and I think we need to do that. It would be nice if more of the rest of the world would notice what an evil bunch ZANU-PF are, but yes, it kind of feels like it's time to go after those bastards and non-violently invite them to get stuffed.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

I want to see a popular democratic movement taking root, which will through non-violent means, overthrow the corrupt and evil ZANU-PF regime and replace it with a truly democratic government. It's important that this is done by Zimbabweans so that we as a population know how to resist if ever another dictator with a bunch of hired guns comes along and tries to hold us hostage again.

Once the new government is in place, I want to see good and transparent governance. Keep the politicians where we can see them. Public accountability. There's a lot of bad stuff to undo. The court system has to be made independent again. The police and army have to be rehabilitated to serve the people. Infrastructure investments will need to be made. Industries like agriculture will need to be restarted. In the short term, food aid may be needed. The rule of law will need to be enforced, but not insensitively and not to serve the narrow interests of the few. Unjust laws will need to be revoked. We'll need to rebuild trust in the banking system. Zimbabweans now suffer from widespread poverty, we're gonna need to address that. Healthcare and education will also be priorities.

These are basic things that anyone can see as priorities for a post-ZANU-PF Zimbabwe. Currently with ZAN-PFU in power, there's no hope that they will take place. They'll talk about it but just like with the COVID stuff and then they'll steal anything that's not nailed down as soon as they think no-one's looking. Once Zimbabwe's back on its feet, I'll be celebrating.

Anonymous, Engineer, 27

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

I have been living in the diaspora for 9 years.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

ZANU-PF has the entire country hostage. They control everything: banks, courts, police, military and transportation. There are rampant murders, disappearances and tortures.We can't protest without being shot at. We can't write without being arrested. We can't do even a one-man protest without being tortured and disappearing thereafter. We can't distribute organizing material without being arrested. We can't attend workshops on organizing without being arrested on arrival. All these sentences are not hyperbole––Itai Dzamara, Hope Chin'Ono, the MDC Trio, Maldives 7––we cannot breathe.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

We all live in different countries. My dad died because we couldn't find meds in the hospital for him. My family in the diaspora sends almost a ton of groceries every month which serves as the main source of food for our family in Zimbabwe. As a child, my parents were intimidated and beaten by ZANU-PF youths.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes. Even tweets under my real name, I am afraid. The arm of the Zimbabwean intelligence is very long and they work with impunity. They have targeted my family before and they can get us and kill us very easily. Heroism is wonderful but many would agree that partial freedom is better than death.

"Heroism is wonderful but many would agree that partial freedom is better than death."

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

A little. I think it has raised awareness about the situation. But sadly, not enough to effect any change.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

Online support.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

More death, intimidation and disappearances. It feels like a never-ending nightmare.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

We are not placid or waiting on a messiah. ZANU-PF has it's knee on our throat. Anyone who has tried any form of organizing (solo protest, sharing masks, meetings, mass protests) has been jailed, killed, tortured or has been arrested and put through a lengthy trial. We have had mass protests before and dead bodies ended up on the streets. If you protest in Zimbabwe, no-one is going to save you or your family when you die. There are no heroes' statues. You die. That's it.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

I want to be free. I hate my nationality.

MDM, Self-employed, 56

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

[I have been] in Zimbabwe since birth.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

It is exhausting and frustrating.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

We are under a brutal military dictatorship aided and abetted by China. Elections are a sham. Citizens cannot enjoy their rights. The regime's grip on power is to protect ill gotten wealth. Corruption is rife at the highest level. Cartels have taken over key economic sectors. Day-to-day living is a nightmare due to the unavailability of basic needs such as water, electricity, transport and medicine.

Inflation is at +840 percent (official). Unemployment is +95 percent and at least 7 million people face starvation. Infrastructure has collapsed. Public health and education have collapsed. Teachers and nurses have been on a prolonged stay-away. The government blames everyone else but themselves for the crisis. Some family members and relatives have had to emigrate to escape the harsh economic conditions and oppression. These challenges are causing anxiety, stress and have psychological effects.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes. Public critics can be abducted, arrested, tortured, raped or murdered by the state agents with impunity.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

Yes. The movement has provided the only safe platform available to register dissent and alert the world to the crises. The state media is heavily censored, it is not available for the opposition.

"The movement has provided the only safe platform available to register dissent and alert the world to the crisis."

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

None, it's just too risky.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

The democratic space has been closed. Corruption has flourished. Impunity has worsened with abductions, torture, arrests and extra judicial killings continuing. The economy is haemorrhaging.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

The world must adopt a more robust response and stop being diplomatic and nice to ZANU-PF. In constitutional democracies, citizens can replace failed governments by diplomatic processes. These processes have been shut down by the regime.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

#ZanuPFMustGo for a complete overhaul of the governance systems.

Anonymous, Lawyer, 27

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

I have been in Zimbabwe for 7 months.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

The population is being silenced under the pain of violence, abduction, torture or arrest. Zimbabwe is deep in poverty and decay under authoritarian rule.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

There is no freedom, even in our homes, to say anything critical of the government. The whole country is in a "jail" of sorts where freedoms are severely curtailed.

"There is no freedom, even in our homes, to say anything critical of the government."

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes, because other citizens have been abducted or arrested and tortured for merely protesting for a better Zimbabwe. This might happen to anyone at any time.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

Yes. It has drawn the attention of the international community. State authorities think twice when others are watching before committing atrocities. The hashtag might save lives if it sustains enough pressure on the regime.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

I have staged solo demonstrations in my area and have been active online seeking accountability [from the government].

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Nothing has changed for the better. Everything has changed for the worst.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

We have a murderous regime that will stop at nothing to preserve political power. They are sitting on skeletons of a 1980's genocide, political murders, election violence, killings by security forces commanded by them, and grand corruption.

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

An open and democratic society where people don't have to live in fear, and where public participation in politics is not discouraged, but encouraged. I would like to see accountable and pragmatic governance. I would like to see common sense leadership, consensus-building and a return to the rule of law.

Anonymous, Unemployed, 41

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

Zimbabwe. I've lived in Zimbabwe for about 39 years.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

It is intimidation and reprisals mainly. People are living in fear for their lives. The army always drives by wielding guns and is ready to pounce on the public if they are instructed. They beat us up and worse.

Our lives are at their worst. There are no livelihoods. The COVID lockdown, we believe is being fabricated, promulgated and propagated to abuse the WHO guidelines so that they can suppress us and control an already volatile and toxic political environment. It is actually scary to go to the neighbourhood grocery store. The COVID lockdown is downright political. Look at the Khupe ruling against Chamisa or the Chin'ono issue. One can attribute this abuse of the populous to a repressive regime.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

No livelihoods mean we are not able to have proper meals. Food might be in the shops but we cannot afford to buy it. There is poor plumbing, burst water pipes are not being fixed, potholes in the road, etc. Worse, with the quashing of the parallel forex market that was mitigating some disparages in the local currency and enabling us to make ends meet. Now, we are at a loss. If one is caught trying to make ends meet, one is arrested.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes, I fear for my life and livelihood. The army or the police regularly come for bribes which eats away at the profits. It is not safe to go to work because the army might be waiting for you to beat you up for trying to make ends meet. We are not free but are all considered to be criminals. One cannot speak without fear of subverting certain laws that protects an elite few.

"One cannot speak without fear of subverting certain laws that protect an elite few."

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

I think #ZimbabweanLivesMatter helped a lot. Some stars and politicians have responded to it and I pray that the folks outside Zimbabwe will not be brutalised, arrested without bail or killed for speaking up and keep fighting for us. We need the international community like footballers and sports personnel, to speak out on our behalf. We cannot die and leave our children orphaned. I pray Danai Gurira will do what Thandie Newton did. The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter got Africa talking about what is important.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

I've posted on social media only and have been issued with a warning against poking my noise into business that does not belong to me. I try not to be too vocal lest I'm singled out and taught a lesson.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Mugabe was a sophisticated man. Currently we are in hot soup. Things are worsening. It seems like we went to hunt tigers and they are now hunting us. The suffering continues. We need God to intervene in our plight. Things are just terrible.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

We are not free to speak freely in public. The constitution is made and changed to the politicians' desires. We do not have freedom of the press. The ZBC is a propaganda channel for themselves, people are arrested for speaking the truth, potholes on the road are the order of the day and so it is impossible to drive in Harare.

It is scary to fall ill or become sick, the currency doesn't work and we are not allowed to use the forex in a place where livelihoods are eroded and salaries cannot take care of family. Everyone has a small illegal hustle (that is morally acceptable) like being a street forex dealer. Fuel shortages are also now the order of the day, electricity has recently started to be shed for hours per day and food prices are too high. Bread is a luxury.

"Bread is a luxury."

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

Zimbabwe needs a new leadership that is not corrupt and is for the people.

We need a situation where we can have an apolitical administration to get rid of government ministries. We need reliable fuel availability, electricity supply, an end to corrupt leadership, respect of the rule of law, and end to public reprisals against civic society by the government, an end to state-controlled media churning out government propaganda, political intimidation and reprisals. All soldiers need to go back to the barracks and the police must be apolitical. There needs to be an end to police brutality of any nature.

Nhari Unendoro, Civil Servant, 33

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

Currently in Zimbabwe, regrettably. I have been here my whole life.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

Zimbabweans have been under oppression for a very long time and they are desperate to get the world's attention with regards to the brutality they are facing daily under ZANU-PF. Firstly, under the supposed leadership of Mugabe and now even worse, under the non-existent leadership of Mnangagwa who promised a false new dawn.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

What has affected us more is the high cost of living, low remuneration, lack of affordable healthcare and the brutality of state security agents. The democratic space is shrinking by the day and there is no freedom of speech and expression. The government has put itself above the law and beyond reproach while they steal, build ridiculous mansions and buy expensive cars. As an educated youth, I can't even plan for tomorrow because it's basically hand-to-mouth. It's sad that as an employed and qualified graduate with a Master's degree, I can no longer afford the basics for my family. I go to work every day to work for the same government that has impoverished us. My parents get just 1 USD for their pension.

"As an educated youth, I can't even plan for tomorrow because it's basically hand-to-mouth."

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

We are living in fear every day. The government can just send it's ferret forces to abduct and even murder your whole family if you do as little as complain about remuneration. To this day, Itai Dzamara is still missing. I also fear a lot of my friends will succumb to hunger and depression considering some never got the opportunity to work ever since we left university for our first degrees.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

I feel it has at least gotten the world to pay attention to what has been going on in our country for a long time. The ZANU-PF regime would rather invest a lot of money in propaganda than attend to the issues on the ground so the world has to know what our government is putting us through.

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

[I have] just been retweeting cleverly and encouraging others who are not trapped within the system to soldier on with the hashtag because anything above that, can cost me not only my job, but my life.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Things have gone from bad to worse. The emergence of Mnangagwa as president has seen dictatorship being refined. I saw it coming and warned my friends against the 2017 March and they all came back to me saying you were right. Mnangagwa, due to avarice and a mind bent on corruption, missed out on a golden opportunity to reform and let the country move forward. Mnangagwa's many children, perhaps amounting to over 40, are as corrupt as their father.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

There is a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe! The leadership is deliberately sweeping it under the carpet so they can continue to loot undisturbed. Zimbabweans are in a tight spot and we need the world to assist us. ZANU-PF has captured everything including the judiciary and we have no hope of an internal solution save for an uprising which will destabilise the country and perhaps the region.

SADC and the AU are also toothless bulldogs that are more of octogenarian gentlemen's clubs serving the interests of corrupt African dictators and supposed leaders. Hopewell Chin'ono is suffering for having exposed Mnangagwa's sons and wife for stealing COVID-19 funds so is Jacob Ngarivhume, Job Sikhala, Mduduzi Mathuthu and many others.


What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

We honestly need ZANU-PF gone. We need our freedom back and we need to be able to dream for a better tomorrow as the youth. Right now, we can't even plan for the day. It is, at the very least, tragic.

Robert Jones, Digital Marketer, 32

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

I have lived my whole life in Zimbabwe.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

I would describe it as being one of suppression and has been ongoing for a long time. We are doing all that we can but are weakened by no central voice and movement.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

Other than the curfew which was put in place, we have been privileged to not be affected as much.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Of course. The amount of people being detained for offenses such as just speaking out on social media and my also being a producer of a Policy Dialogue Forum that discusses the Zimbabwean situation, is very frightening. We will not even get into what it is like as a queer person as Zimbabwe is a very homophobic country so the fear is almost doubled.

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

I definitely think so because we finally felt as though this was not a normal reality and our stories were now being reflected and "some" action was being taken (South African envoys that were sent even though it in itself was a sham).

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

I have been part of an online movement and I also produce an online dialogue on the situation in Zimbabwe which includes the current movements taking place.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

Well, it is a different head of the same animal. That's really the short of it. Emmerson had a lot of power during the Mugabe years and it is really painful to think of how nothing has changed when we celebrated so much when Mugabe was taken down.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

That we have had generations that have never seen normalcy. I have really gotten as many people as I can to fill this [form] out because I cannot explain what it is like to have dreams deferred. My friend and I sat in her flat last year and decided to go out and protest the next day as we had faced death through suicide so many times that we didn't mind making the sacrifice. To protect ourselves, we really push our pain to the subconscious level.

"We have had generations that have never seen normalcy."

What changes do you want to see take place for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans?

Normalcy. As Bob Marley sang when he performed "Zimbabwe" just as we got our independence, "Every man got a right to decide his own destiny". I just want that chance.

​Jongumuzi Lobati, Graphic Designer, 36

Are you currently in Zimbabwe or the diaspora? For how long have you been there?

[I am currently in] South Africa. It's been 2 years.

How would you personally describe the ongoing unrest in Zimbabwe right now?

I see it as the downfall of a pillar nation and a platform for the bullies to ruin the legacy of my beautiful Zimbabwe and turn it into a place despised by even us the nationals.

How have you, your family or friends been affected or by the unrest in Zimbabwe?

Splitting up of families and causing uncertainty of life for my family in Bulawayo. I have lost hope, together with patience, for a better Zimbabwe.

Would you say that you are afraid for your life or livelihood or that or your family and friends? If so, why exactly?

Yes I am afraid. I am a person who believes in justice and I fear that voicing out would endanger the lives of my family. There is no freedom of expression and standing for what is right is deemed "rowdy".

Do you feel that the online movement #ZimbabweanLives Matter has helped the situation in Zimbabwe in any way? If so, how? If not, why?

Both yes and no. Yes, because it is voicing out the cries of the common Zimbabwean but no, because no action can come out of "online venting". It's one thing to see the problem knowing the solution with our hands folded. ED and his crew are degrading the nation while we are online. I believe we need a vote of no confidence in not only Emmerson but ZANU-PF as a party. It's time our fathers realize that the legacy of Zimbabwe has to be taken back. We are not yet Uhuru.

"It's time our fathers realize that the legacy of Zimbabwe has to be taken back. We are not yet uhuru."

What has been your connection to the protests if any?

None, as I am currently in Johannesburg. But, I would love to be part of protests in Johannesburg.

What has changed in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa compared to the Mugabe era?

To be honest, it has changed [under President Emmerson Mnangagwa]. Our freedom was never this worrying, infrastructure development has been forgotten while unemployment as the order of the day.

What do you want the rest of the world to know about the plight of Zimbabweans?

Dear World, without your assistance, we can never remove the reign of Emerson and his gang of thieves and murderous bullies. Stand with us for the change we deserve.

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Here Are All the Winners at the AFRIMA Awards

Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Marwan Moussa, and more won big at the 8th AFRIMA Awards.


The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)recently descended onto Dakar, Senegal for their eighth edition, 'The Teganga Edition.'

The awards, which were held at the Dakar Arena, saw the likes of Nigerian superstar Davido take home three trophies in one night as he won the Best African Collaboration, Best Duo or Group in African Electro, and Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music categories.

Egyptian rapper Marwan Moussa followed closely, nabbing two wins for Best African Rapper/Lyricist and Best Duo or Group in African Hip Hop.

In other notable moments, Senegalese icons Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal, and Ismaël Lô were given the AFRIMA Legend Award, which is selected by the awards' international executive committee.

All of the winners across the remaining 39 categories for the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal were decided by popular vote across a pool of 9,067 submitted entries.

South Africa's Costa Titch and Frrench-Congolese artist Dadju lead the group, with each artist earning six nominations. Burna Boy, KIzz Daniel, Tiwa Savage and Fireboy DML bagged nominations each.

This year, the organization received its highest number of entries ever recorded since the award show began in 2014. The award show's jury chose 382 nominations across 39 musical categories, to underscore five African regions and the musical talents that represent those regions.

South African jury member Adam Tiran, said that he was confident that he and other members had made the right selections this year for talent.

“We are confident in our selection this year, after carefully reviewing all 9,076 entries. We are sure this is an accurate and inclusive representation of where the African music industry currently is," said Tiran. "We have put in the effort to ensure that AFRIMA’s nominations remain as credible and authentic as always.”


West African countries led the charge with a total of 134 nominations, and this was followed by the Eastern African region, whose artists came to 69 nominations. Southern African artists followed behind with 68 nominations and Central African artists had 52 nominations, while Northern African artists had an entry totaling to 49 nominations. The global region for this year's award show representing non-Africans pulled in 10 nominations.

The nominations fall into a variety of categories, according to Angela Martins, Head of Culture, African Union Commission on the Jury:

“The nominees list comprising 29 continental award categories and 10 regional award categories released for public voting on www.afrima.org. The remaining category for the “Legend Award” will be announced at the awards. Also, we brought back the “Best Soundtrack in a Movie, Series or Documentary” category, this year, due to the availability of quality entries for this year’s edition. Recall that we had to suspend it, last year, due to a shortage of quality entries, said Martins. “Overall, we are very proud and confident in our work, and we would continue to intensify our efforts to ensure AFRIMA remains the ultimate recognition of African music globally in line with its vision.”

See the full list of winners below.

Here are all the winners at the 8th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)

REGIONAL WINNERS

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

Asa
Ocean
Nigeria
Gyakie
Something
Ghana
Josey Ft. Bonigo (Winner)
Zambeleman
Cote d'Ivoire
Manamba Kante
Bhouloun Djouri
Guinea
Oumou Sangare
Wassulu Don
Mali
Simi
Woman
Nigeria
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde
Tems
Crazy Tings
Nigeria
Tiwa Savage Ft. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria
Viviane CHIDID Ft. Bass Thioung
Sweet Game
Senegal



Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

A-Reece
Couldn't Have Said It Better, Pt.3
South Africa
Blxckie feat A-Reece
Sneaky
South Africa
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence, Nelson Tivane & Preck
Number One
Mozambique
Gemini Major Ft. Ayra Starr
Ooh Lala
Malawi
Focalistic X Madumane and Mellow & Sleazy feat. DJ Maphorisa
16 Days No Sleep
South Africa
Kabza De Small Ft. DJ Maphorisa
Abalele
South Africa
Musketeers Ft. Azmo
Danko feat. Azmo
Namibia
Master KG x Wanitwa Mos Ft. Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana, Obeey Amor
Dali Nguwe
South Africa
Winky D (Winner)
Happy Again
Zimbabwe
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa

DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle
Ngifuna Wena
Namibia
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi
Siyabonga
South Africa
Kamo Mphela
Ghost
South Africa
Makhadzi (Winner)
Mama
South Africa
Nadia Nakai Ft. Lucasraps
Not The Same
South Africa
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku
Phakade Lami
South Africa
ShaSha Ft. Kamo Mphela & Felo Le Tee
iPiano
Zimbabwe
Simmy
We Were Here
South Africa
Tamy Moyo
Sare
Zimbabwe
Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza
Tanzania
South Africa

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

A.L.A (Winner)
30
Tunisia
Ali Loka
Matkhafesh Yamma
Egypt
Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
AlMoulouk
Egypt
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Draganov
Chichi
Morocco
El Grande Toto
Salade Coco
Morocco
Marwan Moussa
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Snor
Kasseta
Morocco
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Wegz
Albakht
Egypt

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

Faouzia (Winner)
RIP Love
Morocco
Jaylann
Oui Oui
Morocco
Kenza Morsli Ft. DJ Adel
Moustahil
Algeria
Lyna Mahyem
Mal De Toi
Algeria
Manal
Makhelaw Magalou
Morocco
Marwa Loud & Moha K
Ghir Ntiya
Morocco
Ruby
Namet Nenna
Egypt
Rym
Stylo Warqa
Morocco

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

C4 Pedro
Posa
Angola
Dadju
Ambassadeur
DRC
Fally Ipupa (Winner)
Bloqué
DRC
Innoss'B
Mortel-06
DRC
Gaz Mawete
500
DRC
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Ninho
Jefe
DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Tayc
Dodo
Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss'B
Mami Wata
Cameroon

Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa

Addis Legesse
Enja
Ethiopia
Bien (& Aaron Rimbui)
Bald Men Anthem
Kenya
Diamond Platnumz Ft. Zuchu
Mtasubiri
Tanzania
Eddy Kenzo
Songa
Uganda
Kassmasse (Winner)
Sewasew
Ethiopia
King Saha
Zakayo
Uganda
Marioo Ft. Jovial
Mi Amor
Tanzania
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One
Properly
Kenya
Rayvanny Ft. Vjollca
Pele Pele
Tanzania

Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa

Betty G
Addis Semay
Ethiopia
Frida Amani
Fala Mimi
Tanzania
Hewan Gebrewold
Shemuna
Ethiopia
Muthaka (Winner)
Sorry
Kenya
Nandy
Siwezi
Tanzania
Nikita Kering
Last Name
Kenya
Rosa Ree
Watatubu
Tanzania
Spice Diana Ft. DJ Seven
Tujuoge
Uganda
Tanasha Donna
Maradonna
Kenya
Zuchu Ft. Bontle Smith & Tyler
Kitu
Tanzania

CONTINENTAL WINNER


Song of the year

Black Sherif
Kwaku The Traveller
Ghana
Burna Boy
Last Last
Nigeria
Costa Titch feat. Banaba Des, Alfa Kat, Man T, Sdida, C’Buda M
Big Flexa
South Africa
Dadju
Ambassaduer
DRC
Didi B (Winner)
Tala
Cote d'Ivoire
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
NIgeria
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial
Mi Amor
Tanzania
Rema
Calm Down
Nigeria
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Wegz
Elbakht
Egypt

Album of the year

Brymo
9: Esan
Nigeria
Burna Boy (Winner)
Love Damini
Nigeria
Dadju
Cullilan
DRC
Diamond Platnumz
First of All
Tanzania
Didi B
History
Cote d'Ivoire
Kabza De Small
KOA II
South Africa
Nomfundo Moh
Amagama
South Africa
Oumou Sangare
Timbuktu
Mali
Soolking
Sans Visa
Algeria
Rema
Raves & Roses
Nigeria

Producer of the year

C4 Pedro
Posa C4 Pedro
Angola
CKay & BMH
Emiliana by CKay
Nigeria
Kimambobeats
Mi Amor by Marioo feat. Jovial
Tanzania
Nyadjiko & Dadju
Ambassaduer by Dadju
DRC
Rahal
Elbakht by Wegz
Egypt
Reward Beats
Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Nigeria
Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa by Costa Titch
South Africa
Serge Beynaud
C'est Dose by Serge Beynaud
Cote d'Ivoire
Shizzi (Winner)
Peru (Remix) by Fireboy DML
Nigeria
Stan-E Kibulu & William Grigahcine
Disco Magrehb by DJ Snake
Algeria

A Artist of the Year

Burna Boy (Winner)
Last Last
Nigeria
CKay
Emiliana
Nigeria
Dadju
Ambassaduer
DRC
Diamond Platnumz feat. Zuchu
Mtasubiri
Tanzania
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
Nigeria
Kabza De Small feat. DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
Asibe Happy
South Africa
Manal
Makhelaw Magalou
Morroco
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria
Wegz
Elbakht
Egypt
Zakes Batwini feat. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Songwriter of the Year

Bridget Blue & Jibiril Blessing
Woman by Bridget Blue
Kenya
Daniel Baron
How To Feel by Daniel Baron
South Africa
Iba One (Winner)
Hommage a mes parents
Mali
Lloyiso Mandlovandile Gigana, Luke Goliath
Seasons by Lloyiso
South Africa
Martin Obudho, Muthaka
Sorry
Kenya
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Mordecai 'Dex' Mwini
Reason by Wanavokali Ft. H_art the Band
Kenya
Olawale Olofo'ro
Fura Sára by Brymo
Nigeria
Rokia Kone, Garret Lee
Kurunba
Mali
Sidy Diop
Ngalam
Senegal
Winner



Breakout Breakout Artist of the Year

Asake (Winner)
Peace Be Unto You (PBUY)
Nigeria
Camidoh
Sugarcane (Remix) feat. Darkoo, King Promise, Mayorkun
Ghana
Costa Titch
Ma Gang feat Champuru Makhenzo, Phantom Steeze, ManT, Sdida & C'BUDA M
South Africa
Daliwonga
Abo Mvelo feat. Mellow And Sleazy & M.J
South Africa
El Grande Toto
Salade Coco
Morroco
Fior 2 Bior
Godo Godo
Cote d'Ivoire
Hewan Gebrewold
Shemuna
Ethiopia
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Nomfundo Moh
Phakade Lami feat. ShaSha & Ami Faku
South Africa
Pheelz
Finesse feat. BNXN
Nigeria

Most Promising Artist

Ans-T Crazy (Winner)
10 Na ifari feat. Ibro Gnamet
Guinea
Dafencii
King Alhalaba
Sudan
Fave
Baby Riddim
Nigeria
Frida Amani
Fala Mimi
Tanzania
Jeeba
Lamou Saff
Senegal
Khanyisa
Bheka Mina Ngedwa feat Tsiki XII, Marcus MC and Lady Du
South Africa
Kikimoteleba
Tigini feat. Franglish
Cote d'Ivoire
Lloyiso
Speak
South Africa
Magixx
Love Don't Cost A Dime feat. Ayra Starr
Nigeria
Zara Williams
Posa feat. C4 Pedro
DRC

African Fans Favourite

Bello Falcao
Dibango Dibanga
Cote d'Ivoire
Ch'cco, Mellow, Sleazy
Nkao Tempela
South Africa
Goya Menor & Nektunez
Ameno Amapiano
Ghana & Nigeria
Joeboy
Sip (Alchohol)
Nigeria
Lojay X Sarz feat. Chris Brown
Monalisa (Remix)
Nigeria
Mavins; Ayra Starr, Boy Spyce, Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx
Overloading (Overdoes)
Nigeria
Oxlade (Winner)
Ku Lo Sa
Nigeria
The Therapist
Nack
Serria Leone
Young John
Dada
Nigeria
Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
Adiwele
South Africa

Best African DJ

DJ Lito (Winner)
Tick Talk feat. Bebe Cool, Sheilah Gashumba, SlickStuartRoja
Uganda
DJ P2N
Likolo (Remix) feat. Tenor, DJ Amaroula
DRC
DJ Sly King
Ngama Bono
Ghana
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence
Number One feat. Nelson Tivane, Preck
Mozambique & Nigeria
DJ Yessonia
Ngifuna Wena feat. Boohle
Namibia
DJ Zinhle
Siyabonga feat. Black Motion, Kazba de Small, Nokwazi
South Africa
MAJOR LEAGUE DJz
Bakwa Lah
South Africa
Spinall
Pallazo feat. Asake
Nigeria
Uncle Waffles
Tanzania feat. Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza
Swaziland
Zakes Batwini
Osama feat. Kasango
South Africa

Best African Video

Amine Boumediene
Moustahil
Algeria
Costa Titch
Big Flexa by Costa Titch.
South Africa
DAMMY TWITCH
Woman by Simi.
Nigeria
Director Pink
Nwoke Oma by Chike
Nigeria
Elias Belkader
Disco Maghreb by DJ Snake
Algeria
Maranta Tegegne
Sewasew
Ethopia
Mateo Da Silva
Donnelemoi by TayC
Cameroon
Napephasha
Ghost Kamo Mphela
South Africa
Soolking & Digital Nak
Suavemente by Soolking
Algeria
TG Omori (Winner)
Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Nigeria

Best African Rapper OR Lyricist

A-Reece
Couldn't Have Said It Better, Pt.3
South Africa
Dafencii feat. Khayyat
King Alhalaba
Sudan
Didi B
Game De Djai
Cote d'Ivoire
Dip Doundou Guiss
Califat
Senegal
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Ladipoe feat. Rema
Afro Jigga
Nigeria
LAMB (Loose Kaynon, A-Q, MI, Blaqbonez)
The Last Cypher
Nigeria
Nata
94
Sierra Leone
Nay Wa Mitego
Rais Wa Kitaa
Tanzania
Youssoupha
Amapiano
Cote d'Ivoire

Best Africa Collaboration

Ahmed Saad feat. 3enba & Double Zuksh
Al Moulouk
Egypt
Calema x Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome and Principe/Brazil
Costa Titch feat. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Davido feat. focalistic (Winner)
Champion Sound
Nigeria / South Africa
Fireboy feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
Nigeria/Great Britain
Kikimoteleba feat. Franglish
Tigini (Remix)
Cote d'Ivoire/DRC
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial
Mi Amour
Tanzania
Mbosso, Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania/South Africa
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria/USA

Best African Band / Duo / Group

Calema & Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome & Principe
Disco Misr, Aziz Maraka
Ahla Wahda
Egypt
Jano Band
Zebnanaw
Ethiopia
Mafikizolo Ft. Simmy
Mamazela
South Africa
MAJOR LEAGUE DJz
BAKWA LAH
South Africa
Ridimz
Shabasiko
Cameroon
The Cavemen ft. Made Kuti (Winner)
Biri
Nigeria
Toofan
Ona
Togo
Umoja Sounds Ft. Ariel Wayz
Happy
Kenya
Wanavokali
What A Time
Kenya

Best African Act In Diaspora (Female)

Aya Nakamura Ft. Damso
Degaine
Mali
Bey T Ft. Boohle
Unanicheza
Kenya
Darkoo Ft Black Sherif
Always
Nigeria
Faouzia (Winner)
RIP, Love
Morocco
Moha K, Marwa Loud
Ghir Ntiya
Morocco
Nata
94
Sierra Leone
Rimon
Feed Me
Eritrea
Ronisia
Melodie
Cape Verde
Shay
DA
DRC
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde

Best African Act In Diaspora (Male)

Calema Ft. Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome & Principe
Dadju
KIng
DRC
Dafencii ft. Khayyat
King Alhalaba
Sudan
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Gil Semedo Ft. Calema, Soraia Ramos & Mito Kaskas
Gostu Sabi
Cape Verde
Jae5 Ft Dave, Bnxn
Propeller
Ghana
Ninho
VVS
DRC
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Tion Wayne Ft. Davido & Jae5 (Winner)
Who's True
Nigeria
Ya Levis
Pardonne Moi
DRC

Best Female Artist in Africa Inspirational Music

Bridget Blue
Woman
Kenya
Chaama & Eljoee
Burakia
Morocco
Diana Hamilton
Awurade Ye(Do it Lord)
Ghana
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi
Siyabonga
South Africa
Irene Robert Ft. Rose Muhando (Winner)
Hainidhuru
Tanzania
Janet Otieno
Siri
Kenya
Makhadzi Ft. Jon Delinger
Zwivhuya
South Africa
Manal
3ari
Morocco
TY Bello Ft. Sinmidele & Ore Macaulay
Amen Amen
Nigeria

Best Male Artist in Africa Inspirational Music

Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir (Winner)
Stand Strong
Nigeria
Grace Lokwa
Kumama
DRC
Kassmasse
Sesasew
Ethiopia
KS Bloom Ft. Chidinma
C'est Dieu (Remix)
Cote d'Ivoire
Majoos
Jayah
DRC
Masterkraft Ft. Chike
Hosanna
Nigeria
Nathaniel Bassey
See What the Lord Has Done
Nigeria
Noel Nderitu
Waweza
Kenya
Samthing Soweto
Amagents
South Africa
Wave Rhyder
Wa Nkutlwa Na
Lesotho

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro

Asake
Peace Be Unto You
Nigeria
Costa Titch Ft. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Davido Ft. Focalistic (Winner)
Champion Sound
Nigeria
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Ft. Sir Till & Co
Banyana
South Africa
DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle
Ngifuna Wena
Namibia
Felo Le Tee & Myztro Ft. Daliwonga
66 & Dipatje Tsa Felo
South Africa
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania
Tresor Ft. Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa
Makosa
DRC
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop

Black Sherif
Kwaku the Traveller
Ghana
Blxckie
Your All
South Africa
Cdrik Kodjo
Nyi Nudé
Benin
Darkoo Ft. Black Sherif
Always
Nigeria
Didi B
Tala
Cote d'Ivoire
KikiMoteleba Ft. Franglish
Tigini
Cote d'Ivoire
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Nay Wa Mitego
Rais Wa Kitaa
Tanzania
Ninho
Jefe
DRC
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One
Properly
Kenya

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul

Ahmed basyoni & Hussein Gamal
ElHalawa Di
Egypt
Bridget Blue
Goodbye
Kenya
C4 Pedro
Esta Tudo Bem
Angola
Frida Amani Ft. Mayunga
Tanzania
Tanzania
Lil Jay
Sauce Graine
Cote d'Ivorie
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku
Phakade Lami
South Africa
Omah Lay (Winner)
I'm A Mess
Nigeria
Tayc
D O D O
Cameroon
Tiwa Savage, Amaarae
Tales By Moonlight
Nigeria
Ya Levis
Pardonne Moi
DRC

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall

DJ Lito Ft. Bebe Cool x Sheilah Gashumba x SlickStuartRoja
Tick Talk
Uganda
Fave
Baby Riddim
Nigeria
Femi One Ft. King Kaka & Mbithi
Hepi
Kenya
KiDi Ft. Tyga
Touch It(Remix)
Ghana
Navy Kenzo
Manzese
Tanzania
Nutty O
Handipere
Zimbabwe
Rosa Ree
Watatubu
Tanzania
Ruger
Dior
Nigeria
Teddy Afro (Winner)
Naet
Ethiopia
Winky D
Happy Again
Zimbabwe

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary

Adekunle Gold Ft. Fatoumata Diawara (Winner)
Born Again
Nigeria
Alikiba
UTU
Tanzania
Brymo
Fura Sara
Nigeria
Fadilee Itulya Ft. Fidq & Taz Goemi
Problem
Tanzania
Fally Ipupa
Bloqué
DRC
Fior 2 Bior
Godo Godo
Cote d'Ivoire
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Sidiki Diabate
Diarabi nene bena
Mali
Wally B. Seck ft Viviane
Reugine Tass
Senegal
Wegz
Al bakht
Egypt

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Jazz

Addis Legesse
Enja
Ethiopia
Elida Almeida, Jimmy P
Mau Menino
Cape Verde
Franck Biyong
Negropolitaine
Cameroon
Gutu Abera (Winner)
Deemi
Ethiopia
Jano Band
Zebnanaw
Ethiopia
Jimmy Dludlu Ft. Rhodalia Silvestre, Dx Nuvunga & Mano Tsotsi
Male Ya Pepa
Mozambique
Kelvin Momo Feat. TBO and JaySax
Funa
South Africa
Somi
Love Tastes Like Strawberries
Rwanda
Thapelo Lekoane
Heritage
South Africa
The Cavemen Ft. Made kuti
Biri
Nigeria

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop

Adekunle Gold Ft. Davido (Winner)
High
Nigeria
Ckay
Emiliana
Nigeria
Kizz Daniel & Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Kouz1
Magic
Morocco
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Pheelz, BNXN
Finesse
Nigeria
Ronisia
Melodie
Cape Verde
Roseline Layo
Donnez Nous Un Peru
Cote d'Ivoire
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde
Tenor Ft. Innoss'B
Mami Wata
Cameroon

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock

Amir Eid
Ana Negm
Egypt
Clayrocksu (Winner)
Amin
Nigeria
Daniel Baron
How to Feel
South Africa
Franck Biyong
Pepe Soup
Cameroon
RASH
FAR BEYOND
Kenya
Reen and Refentse Morake
Skobbejak
South Africa

Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional

Azaya Ft. Djelykaba Bintou (Winner)
BB La
Guinea
Betty G
Addis Semay
Ethiopia
Flavour
Level
Nigeria
Josey Ft. Bonigo
Zambeleman
Cote d'Ivoire
Lencho gemechu
Saglii
Ethiopia
Manamba Kante
Bhouloun Djouri
Guinea
Oumou Sangare
Wassulu Don
Mali
Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee
N'yanyan
Mali
Strongbangwaboy
Royalty Ft. Longue Longue, Tzy Panchak
Cameroon
Stewart Sukuma
Ezamany Kim'bedima
Mozambique

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography

Ans-T Crazy (Winner)
Pause
Guinea
Costa Titch Ft. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Eltee Skhillz
ODG
Nigeria
Kamo Mphela
Ghost
South Africa
Portable X Poco Lee Ft. Olamide
ZaZoo Zehh
Nigeria
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Serge Beynaud
C'est Dose
Cote d'Ivoire
Simi
Woman
Nigeria
Spice Diana
Tujooge Ft. Dj Seven
Uganda
Toofan
Ona
Togo

Best Soundtrack Movie / Series / Documentary

Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
AlMoulouk (Moon Knight)
Egypt
Amarae & Marvel
A Body, A Coffin (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP)
Ghana
Amir Eid
Ana Negm (RIVO)
Egypt
Dadju
Ima(From the movie "IMA")
DRC
Eltee Skhillz
ODG (The Blood Convenant Movie)
Nigeria
Mohamed Osama & Karim Mahmoud (Ahmed Tarik Yahia)
EL GHAZALA RAYE2A (ZEKO)
Egypt
Stephane Legar
Speed Llife (From Sonic 2 Le Film)

From Sonic 2 Le Film
Togo
Tems & Marvel (Winner)
No Woman No Cry (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP)
Nigeria
Wegz
B3oda Ya Belady(From the film "Captains Of Zaatari")
Egypt

Best Global Act

Anitta (Winner)
Mon Soleil (By Dadju)
Brazil
Brandy
Somebody's Son (By Tiwa Savage)
USA
Chris Brown
Call Me Everyday Ft. Wizkid/Monalisa Remix By Lojay X Sarz/Nobody Has to Know Ft. Davido/Diana By Fireboy DML/Time & Affection By Rema
USA
Drake
Fountains Ft. Tems, Tresor
Canada
Ed Sheeran
Peru Remix (By Fireboy DML)/For My Hand (Burna Boy)
Great Britain
Justin Bieber
Essence Remix (By Wizkid)/Attention By Omah Lay
Canada
Maluma
Mama Tetema Ft. Rayvanny
Colombia
Popcaan
Toni-Ann Singh (By Burna Boy)
Jamaican
Tyga
Touch it Remix (By KiDi)
USA
Vitaa
Prends Ma Main (By Maitre Gims & Vitaa)
France

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Meet the 20 housemates of 'Big Brother Titans'

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Another year is here, and true to form, so is another African iteration of the widely-watched reality TV show, Big Brother. Titled Big Brother Titans, it’s a calculated mashup of South Africa and Nigerian versions of the franchise. With a 24-hour live feed broadcast from Johannesburg, the show will see 20 hopefuls from both nations go head-to-head for the ultimate prize of $100,000, and the opportunity to become the latest star to emerge from the much-loved television show.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

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If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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