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Africans Unite concerts: South African artistes protest Burna Boy’s inclusion

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South African artistes, under the aegis of Tshwane Collective, are protesting Nigeria’s musician, Burna ‘Africa Giant’ Boy, participation in two concerts scheduled for 23 and 24 November.

The artistes have sent a petition to the minister of arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, the ‘Ye’ crooner’s inclusion in The Africans Unite concerts, which is being held in response to recent xenophobia in South Africa. The event is organised by Play Network Africa, based in Nigeria, in partnership with Phambili Media SA,  and appears to enjoy the support of South Africa’s department of arts and culture.

It will feature, along with Burna Boy, artistes such as Kwesa and Jidenna.

The first concert will hold at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town on 23 November and the second at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria.

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The Tshwane Collective, however, questioned the exclusion of local artistes. They are also peeved at Burna Boy’s invitation to perform at the concert, accusing the African Giant of inciting hatred against South Africa in the wake of the xenophobic attacks.

“Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence and hate.

“He further promised to inflict his own violence on locals before giving your government an ultimatum which you seem to have received and succumbed to,” the group said in the letter to Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of art and culture.

Truly, in a series of tweets in September, Burna Boy urged black foreigners living in South Africa to defend and protect themselves against xenophobic attackers. In a now-deleted tweet, he also told SA rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.

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He promised to never set foot in SA again until the government “wakes the f*ck up and really performs a miracle”.

The department of culture has however distanced itself from the concert and said that its logo had been used “erroneously” on posters advertising the event, Times Live reported.

“The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture wishes to dispel the untrue information currently being spread on social media, that it is funding the Africans Unite Concert featuring the artist known as Burna Boy. It is unfortunate that the department’s logo was erroneously used on the poster advertising the event,” spokesperson Asanda Magaqa told TshisaLIVE.

Asanda said that the department had not allocated or granted funding for the event.

“The department wishes to reiterate that it has not allocated or granted any funding to the event in question and any reports to the contrary are entirely false.”

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Ibrahim Chatta shares beautiful moment with his daughter as she chants Arabic recitations (Video)

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Nollywood actor Ibrahim Chatta recently took to his social media handle to share series of photographs and videos of his adorable family.

In a video he uploaded, the Yoruba actor, who appeared to be on his way out was seen with his little baby girl as he chanted “la ilah illalah’ a phrase in Islam that means ‘no god but Allah’ and interestingly his little girl said the words after him.

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I hope my son, Harvey, dies before me, Katie Price says, states why

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Reality TV star, Katie Price has confessed that she hopes her autistic son, Harvey dies before she does.

This comes just after doctors issued a stark warning about Harvey’s health.

The 42-year-old was left fearing the worst earlier this week when her eldest son was rushed to the hospital, after falling ill at daughter Princess’ birthday party.

He was discharged and is currently recovering at home. Speaking about his condition, the mum-of-five said she was warned by health experts that he is at serious risk of dying from a heart attack if they don’t make changes.

And she confessed that she hopes the 18-year-old will ‘go’ before she dies, as he won’t be able to cope without her.

“The doctors have told me he’s at high risk of having a heart attack,” she told the Sun.

“I know it’s horrible to say, but I wish he’d go before me because he wouldn’t cope without me.

“He’d be so heartbroken and wouldn’t understand where I’d gone.’ Katie also confessed her worries over Harvey’s health as he ‘weighs 27-and-a-half stone’ and gets ‘out of breath’ from walking up the stairs.

“I can’t see him living past 50 unless we sort his weight and his breathing out,” she added.

“We try everything but cutting down food is hard.’ Harvey is blind and autistic, and has also been diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome – which affects his speech and movement. People with Prader-Willi are constantly hungry, which can lead to obesity.

The teenager suffered from chest pains at Princess’ birthday party and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

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The Celebrity Big Brother winner later shared a video on YouTube, telling fans:

“He kept complaining of chest pains. I said ‘how does it feel?’ and he said ‘like needles.’ Straight away, because of his complex needs, do I call the doctor or do I call the ambulance? ‘I don’t like it when people waste ambulances’ time. He’s at high risk because of coronavirus, he’s high risk because of his obesity and the steroids he’s on and his medical condition so I did call 999.”

Katie was reportedly supported by ex-husbands Kieran Hayler and Peter Andre over the ordeal.

“Both Pete and Kieran messaged Katie afterwards, offering help and support,” an insider told the Sun.

“She’s on really good terms with them now and they were both Harvey’s stepdad once, and he’s their children’s brother.

“They were both relieved when Harvey was discharged and went home.”

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Chimamanda shares fond photos taken with her dad to mourn him (Video)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is still mourning her father, Professor James Nwoye Adiche, who died on June 10, 2020, at the age of 88.

In a tribute to him posted on Facebook, the renowned author detailed the events leading up to his death.

She also spoke about some of the plans they made for the future.

She spoke of her pain; how she cried for days till her side muscles ached, how she screamed and pounded things, and how much she misses him.

She accompanied her words with a video showing her and her father together at different points in their life.

Professor Adichie, Odelu Ora Abba, was Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics. He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley.

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Mourning him, the Half of a Yellow Sun author wrote:

“And just like that my life has changed forever. June 7, there was Daddy on our weekly family zoom call, talking and laughing. June 8, he felt unwell. Still, when we spoke he was more concerned about my concussion (I’d fallen while playing with my daughter).

“June 9, we spoke briefly, my brother Okey with him. “Ka chi fo,” he said. His last words to me. June 10, he was gone.

“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day. But he was in good health. I thought we had time. I thought it wasn’t yet time. I have come undone. I have screamed, shouted, rolled on the floor, pounded things. I have shut down parts of myself…

“Sleep is the only respite. On waking, the enormity, the finality, strikes – I will never see my father again. Never again. I crash and go under. The urge to run and run, to hide from this. The shallow surface of my mind feels safest because to go deeper is to face unbearable pain. All the tomorrows without him, his wisdom, his grace.

“We talked almost daily. I sent him my travel itineraries. He would text me just before I got on a stage: Ome ife ukwu! Nothing else mattered to me as much as the pride in his eyes.

“I saw him last on March 5th in Abba. I had planned to be back in May. We planned to record his stories of my great grandmother…”

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