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Rwandan TikToker Drags American Influencer Charly Jordan About COVID Claims

Zuba Mutesi took to TikTok to correct Charly Jordan's claims about testing positive for coronavirus while visiting Rwanda.

"You can take your white saviour complex and your privilege elsewhere," says the Rwandan TikToker Zuba Mutesi in her now infamous clapback to the American TikTok star Charly Jordan. Mutesi's response questions Jordan's entire premise. Is she really stuck in a Rwandan quarantine center? Is this all some sick stunt for clout?

Internet users from all over the African continent yesterday were dragging Jordan, a social media influencer known for her..., for claiming that she tested positive for COVID-19 while on a visit in Rwanda.

"The f***ing government showed up at my place, and came and dragged me away from everybody I was with", Jordan says in the video. "I don't speak the language, and they locked me in this fucking room. And I can't leave."

With over three million followers, the news of Jordan's coronavirus debacle reached international shores and landed back in Rwanda. Mutesi, a Rwandan national who is fluent in English and sarcasm, carefully dissected each claim Jordan made about Rwandan coronavirus testing procedure.

In the video, Mutesi claps back at each claim Jordan made about coronavirus testing and her treatment by Rwandan officials. Firstly, Mutesi corrects the outdated claim that Rwandans don't speak English by substantiating with her own coronavirus test experience which was conducted and communicated in English.

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Jordan later on apologised to millions of her followers for travelling in the midst of a pandemic while positive. Realising that her story had plot holes, Jordan further went on to explain that she had received a false-positive test result before travelling to Rwanda and that was what she was trying to explain to Rwandan officials. In an effort to strengthen her argument, Jordan stated that she was working in collaboration with a Rwandan conservation for mountain gorillas and that was her reason for travel. Mutesi was unmoved by the "white saviour" trope and said she should have just stayed at home.

Jordan's false claims are another treble in the waves of unsolicited incorrect perspectives about Africa. BBCrecently released an article claiming that poverty was the main reason for low coronavirus deaths in South Africa. The article received major backlash and calls for it to be retracted soon ensued.

Mutesi is one of many Africans who are tired of the skewed perceptions of Africa and should be applauded for her fiery and fact-based clapbacks to ignorant Americans.

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Photo Series: Vic Mensa's Pilgrimage to Ghana

OkayAfrica traveled with Vic Mensa as he visited his father's childhood home, Koforidua. Here's a behind-the-scenes look about what happened.

Back in December, American rapper Vic Mensa went on a pilgrimage back home. The rapper was in Accra, Ghana for his historic Black Star Line Festival, which he was co-hosting with longtime friend and fellow rapper Chance the Rapper.

But, on a hot day before the festival, the rapper traveled two hours from Accra to Koforidua to visit his extended family. There is a lot of history in Koforidua. Highlife trailblazer Chief Kofi Sammy grew up there. Not only was he founder of the famous Okukuseku International Band but Sammy also had a long and fruitful relationship with Afrobeat legend Fula Kuti.

He also happens to be Vic Mensa's uncle. And part of the reason Vic took this trip is to convince Sammy to join him on stage at the Black Star Line Festival in Accra, in front of 50,000 fans. However, while there, Vic made sure he had time to connect with his extended family.

It was a special, intimate moment. One OkayAfrica was lucky enough to witness firsthand. Check out our photo gallery of Vic Mensa's pilgrimage below.

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In December 2022, Vic Mensa took a trip to visit his uncle, legendary Highlife artist Chief Kofi Sammy. It’s about a two hour drive from Accra to Koforidua. A bit longer when you factor in Vic stopping for some of his favorite snacks.

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Ethiopia’s First Superhero Comic is Going Global

Etan Comics is launching a kids version of the kickstarter-backed title, which will be published in 11 languages.


After the successful release of their graphic novel, Jember, Etan Comics is teaming up with the non-profit Open Hearts Big Dreams (OHBD) to launch a special collaboration. Etan is working with the Seattle-based organization, which has produced over 700 bilingual early-reader titles, to turn Jember into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel.

The release of the book coincides with Black History Month, and will be launched in 11 different languages, including Amharic, Arabic, French, Greek, Igbo, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Wolayta. Jember was first published in hardcover format in October 2022, and after its release it garnered +$12K pre-orders on Kickstarter. The comic book is designed to help emerging readers build their reading confidence, and learn more about African cultures and languages. Created and written by Beserat Debebe, it was illustrated by Yonatan Solomon and Michael Okoroagha.

Jember is being turned into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel and will be available in 11 different languages.

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Beginning in mid-February, the books will be available globally on Amazon and IngramSpark. They will also be available at Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, and in public libraries shortly after.

With the release of Jember, Etan Comics aims to make African stories accessible to global readers. The collaboration will also help Ethiopian children, who make up 40% of the Ethiopian population, to be empowered through the story, which speaks to the rich cultural heritage of the Ethiopian history.

With this development, Etan Comics has joined the growing list of new generation of African comic book creators who are sharing African culture through comics to engage readers with various parts of the continent's history.

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The Best Afrobeats Songs Out Right Now

Featuring Burna Boy, Joeboy, Pheelz, Kizz Daniel, Kelvyn Boy, Asake and more.

Afrobeats continues its path of domination as it makes waves across both sides of the Atlantic ocean and inserts its influences onto global pop music.

With the growing number of afrobeats releases coming out every week, we'll be rounding up the best new singles and music videos in the genre at the end of every month right here in our Best Afrobeats Songs Out Right Now list. Get started below.

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