South African music super star legend, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, had denied being deported from Uganda where she was scheduled to perform at a new year’s concert. She announced on social media that she left the country on her own.
But Ugandan authorities had said the singer was sent home because of visa issues. She said on social media, “not deported, not arrested, not captured, everything is fine; everything is in order.”
Rumors have been swirling that Chaka Chaka was deported because of her public support for Ugandan musician and political opposition leader, Bobi Wine.
Nigerian Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Beninese, Angélique Kidjo
Nigerian singer Burna Boy has lost his chance of becoming a Grammy award winner to four time Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo from Benin Republic.
Burna boy was nominated alongside the Beninese singer in best world music category of the U.S. Music awards on Sunday night.
Her album Celia won her the award. The Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo has dedicated her Grammy award to the Nigerian singer Burna Boy.
In her speech, Kidjo said “this is for Burna Boy.”
Akon Targets Senegal’s Tourism In Latest African Project
R&B singer Akon has identified tourism as a potential area of investment on the African continent.
The Senegalese-American singer has championed different projects over the years, notably lighting Africa that aims to provide electricity to 600 million Africans.
Senegal’s state-owned tourism company SAPCO has signed a deal with Akon to build a sustainable tourism village that would campaign for the environment.
SAPCO secretary general Aliune Ndiaye says the deal was a memorandum of understanding, so the size of the future investment is still unclear. Ndiaye said Akon plans to build a complex in the seaside village of Mbodiene, some 120 kilometres south of the capital Dakar.
South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019
26-year-old South African, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday. Before Tunzi was crowned, the contestants had put up colorful displays and gruelling aptitude tests. Tunzi had incorporated colors of the South African flag in her costumes and had overcome gruelling rounds of questioning before she advanced to the top of the pack.
Last year’s winner, Catriona Gray, handed the crown to Tunzi as another South African, 2017 winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, also joined her on stage.
Tunzi is said to be a strong voice in campaigning against gender-based violence in South Africa, a country that had one of the highest rates of GDV in Africa. Tunzi said what young girls needed most in growing up is leadership.
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