The life of Grammy Award-winning South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba was celebrated on Google’s search engine home page today. Born on March 4 1932, she would’ve turned 81. Makeba is regarded as the first artist to put African music on the world map. Her hit songs include the signature track Pata Pata, Aluta Continua, and Qongqothwane (the Click Song). Makeba was an anti-apartheid campaigner – she testified against the South African government at the United Nations in 1963 and had her citizenship revoked. In 1990 she returned home from the US and her career continued to grow. The singer, who was fondly nicknamed Mama Africa, died of a heart attack in November 2008 after performing at a concert in Italy.
Congolese couple Martha Makuena and Paul Levy moved to China over a decade ago to work. In 2012 they opened the first African hair salon in Beijing. It’s located in the Central Business District and thriving from the support of other immigrants and locals. The couple has plans to open up branches in Shanghai and Guangzhou in the next few years.
The Mail & Guardian has obtained footage that shows unemployed Zimbabweans turning to illegal gold mining in a desperate bid to make money. This dangerous practice has resulted in many deaths.
A trio of friends from Soweto, Vuyo Mpantsha and twins Justice and Innocent Mukheli, started a photo/fashion blog to document “South Africa as they see it”. They shoot in different areas around Johannesburg with the aim of recapturing moments of their childhood. Visit iseeadifferentyou.tumblr.com to see high fashion meet history.
The famous Monopoly board game now has its first Africa city edition: Lagos. The Nigerian Stock Exchange, airport, hotels and Banana Island have made it onto the board, thanks in part to Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO of Bestman Games, which produces the edition. South Africa and Morocco are the two African countries with customised versions.