#JustDoItForCaster – South Africans & The World Are Rallying Behind Caster Semenya

2nd May 2019 BY Meli

The world joined South Africa and Africans alike to rally behind South African athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, following the disappointing ruling in her case against the IAAF. Ruling in favour of the IAAF, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) denied the athlete’s appeal against the IAAF, which wants Semenya and other female athletes with naturally high…

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SA’s Thuso Mbedu lands a leading role in Hollywood

1st May 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Thuso Mbedu will play the lead role in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad at Amazon. The stars of The Underground Railroad, directed by Barry Jenkins for Amazon have been announced. SA’s Thuso Mbedu is one of three lead actors cast in the upcoming series based on a Colson Whitehead book with the same name.  Thuso is set to play the character…

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Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya Loses IAAF testosterone rule appeal

1st May 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. The South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, in a decision that will send shockwaves through the sport. But Judges ruled 2-1 “on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties,…

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Cairo is Fighting to Preserve Heritage Buildings

11th April 2019 BY Meli

Cairo is fighting to preserve its old European-style buildings, statues and avenues, as governmental authorities look to build a new face for the desert capital. While residents are fighting to preserve the cities global heritage in districts such as the one commonly known as Khedivial Cario. They are also expressing their concern and disappointment in the Egyptian government’s unwillingness to…

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Cameroon is Holding Fashion Show for the Physically Challenged

11th April 2019 BY Meli

Cameroon is the latest country to promote self-acceptance through fashion, unveiling a fashion for non-able bodied people titled Acess 2019. The brainchild of a Cameroonian women’s empowerment organisation in the country’s capital of Yaoundé, this show, which is a first of its kind features 16 models living with disability but are proud to walk down the catwalk in garments made…

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The African Diaspora Awards (TAD) rolls out 2019 Honours

25th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

The 2019 edition of The African Diaspora(TAD) Awards took place on Friday 15 March at a dinner gala at The Mayfair Hotel where various individuals and organisations were honoured for their contribution and promotion of Africa. The Awards were brought by CMG International Media Group in association with headline Partner Brand South Africa and Co-Sponsored by WorldRemit. Brand South Africa…

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Yinka Shonibare, Tesla and Conde Nast Confirmed Participants Of The Wish Africa Expo 2019

14th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

We are excited to announce the participation of renowned British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare; Global Director, Energy at TESLA, Alex Shoch and Head of Video at Conde Nast, Ezzie Chidi-Ofong at the WISH Africa Expo in London. The WISH Africa Expo is a two day showcase of pan African culture, commerce and development. The expo will feature panel discussions by renowned…

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Netflix Announces Second Original South African Series Titled “Blood and Water”

7th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

After their previous announcement for a show focused on Shona mythology, Netflix seems to be doubling down on their quest to release more Afrocentric show with a new announcement about on an upcoming South African inspired Netflix Original titled “Blood and Water”. Coming after the “Queen Sono” original starring South African actress Pearl Thusi, this new series will follow the…

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Nigerian-American Kamaru Usman is Africa’s First UFC Champion

7th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Africa now has a new fighting Champion as Nigerian-American Kamaru “Nigerian Nightmare” Usman recently earned the welterweight MMA title this past week. Becoming the first fighter from the continent to win a Ultimate Fighting Championship title, Usman who wore green shorts, as well as a green and white mouth guard during the fight in honour of his Nigerian heritage, the…

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