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What these South African celebrities are saying about Twitter will shock you

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Some South African celebrities on Thursday spoke about pervasive and unpleasant things on Twitter.


Celebrities such as Nasty C, Pearl Thusi, Moozlie among others encouraged their fans and peers to delete Twitter.


This comes after other celebrities like Pearl Thusi called out fans who had been unkind to Riky Rick a few days before he committed suicide.

Award-winning hip-hop artist Riky Rick took his own life on February 23.

Sunday World reported on Sunday, they received two leaked letters from sources in the artist’s inner circle where he apologised to his wife Bianca and children Maik and Jordan asking them not to blame themselves for his death and expressing his love for them.


Commenting on a video Riky had posted dancing with his wife Bianca Naidoo, Twitter users had scrutinised her unwillingness to be in the video based on her body language.


Rapper Nasty C responded to critics, asked his fans to uninstall Twitter calling it ’another version of hell’.


Artists have long complained about the toxicity of the platform, many feeling that it leaves them exposed to hateful messages from faceless “keyboard warriors”.


Nasty C’s first tweet read: “Don’t spend all day on twitter complaining about people on twitter. Just leave. Delete it. It really is that simple. Post your links if you must but don’t stay here. If you’re looking for love/ kindness/ support/ understanding/ solution, you won’t find it here”


In another tweet, Nasty C said, “We’re giving this app way too much power & control over our real lives. I promise you if we all just left, it would be a huuuge step in the right direction. It’s just another version of hell.. that’s in your phone”


“If you wanna be picked apart, judged, hated, dragged, mislead etc.. you’re in the right place. Get comfy. this is your home. If you love yourself or want to start loving yourself, leave. It really is that simple. Have a good one 👍🏾👍🏾”


After the “Juice Back” hitmaker shared a screenshot of his Tweets on Instagram, other celebrities chimed in and supported the idea.


Rapper and presenter Moozlie commented: “Got a new phone about a month ago, never downloaded it again & I’m not going back. I would highly recommend this. Thanks for sharing brother.”


LootLove added: “Best thing I ever did for my sanity was leave that app for good.”
Stogie T, Nina Hastie, AKA, Oscar Mbo and Okmalumkoolkat also shared similar sentiments.

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Germany to return prized artefacts stolen from Africa during colonial rule

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The German government has agreed to return prized artefacts stolen from Aftican countries, particularly from Cameroon, Namibia and Tanzania, during the colonial times over 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The priceless artefacts which were looted by the German colonial government officials during the colonial era will be permanently returned to their original countries, the Foundation officials said.

The Berlin-based Heritage Foundation which manages museums based in the German capital said it had entered into negotiations on the returns of artefacts to their countries of origin.

According to the Heritage Foundation, some of the artefacts to be returned are a shell-studded statue of a mother goddess named Ngonnso, which holds “great spiritual significance for the Nso’ people of northwest Cameroon.”

The statue, according to the Foundation, has been part of the collection of Berlin’s Ethnological Museum since 1903, after a German colonial officer who had taken it by force from the Nso tribe ‘donated’ it to the government.

The board also approved the permanent return of 23 artefacts including jewellery, tools and fashion items, to Namibia, the statement noted.

The artefacts which were stolen from Namibia during the colonial period from 1884 to 1919, were sent to the southern African country in May for research purposes and will now remain there.

The statement further said the Foundation’s President, Hermann Parzinger, has also been authorised to sign an agreement on the return of objects Germany looted from Tanzania during the Maji Maji Rebellion and other conflicts during its early 20th-century colonial rule.

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Nigerian singing sensations, Wizkid, Tems, win 2022 BET Awards

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Nigerian music stars, Ayo Balogun and Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Wizkid and Tems respectively, were the biggest African winners at the 2022 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony, an annual award event to celebrate black excellence in music, culture and sports, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, in the early hours of Monday.

The talented Nigerian songstress won in the Best International Act category, beating compatriot Fireboy, Dave from the UK, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France, to clinch the coveted award.

While receiving the award, Tems, an advocate of women and girls’ rights, urged women to continue on their chosen path, as hard work usually pays off in the end.

“Thank you so much for this, thank you so much. It’s an honour… I mean, this is my first award show that I’m winning something and I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen,” the elated Tems said.

Wizkid also made history at the 2022 BET Awards when his super single ‘Essence,’ featuring Tems and Justin Bieber, won the Best Collaboration award and with that win, ‘Essence’ has become the first African song to win a BET Award, also making Wizkid the first Nigerian and African to win an award outside the Best International Acts category.

‘Essence’ dusted other songs in the category like ‘Every Change I Get’ by DJ Khaled ft Lil baby and Lil Durk; ‘Family Ties’ by Baby Seem ft Kenderick Lamar; ‘Whole Lotta’ by Bia ft Nicki Minaj; ‘Way 2 Sexy’, Drake ft Future and Young Thug, and ‘Kiss me More’ by Doja Cat ft SZA, to clinch the award.

Wizkid had previously won the BET Award when he featured on Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl.”

Before the win by Tems, other Nigerian acts who have won awards in the Best International Act include 2Baba, D’banj, Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy.

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