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African culture and entertainment highlights of 2016

Africa’s culture was highlighted in the news of 2016 from several parts of the continent. The culture was backed by entertainment which includes music, film, art, and showbiz.

Africanews covered the culture and entertainment landscape starting the year with the unveiling in Nigeria of the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in Africa. This was followed by a look at witchcraft courts in traditional Congo.

The people of Mali received justice after the International Criminal Court handed a 9-year jail term to the rebel who destroyed the Timbuktu monuments.

In Nigeria, a senator called for support to table bill against tribal marks. This call was widely supported on social media but yet to be pushed in parliament. We also met with Algeria’s tattooed women who are proud of their culture.

Benin born actor, Djimon Hounsou embarked on a quest to change the negative perception about voodoo in Benin through a documentary. This was shot during the celebration of the 23rd Voodoo Festival.

History was made when an inmate band in Malawi had their album nominated for the Grammy Music Awards in the Best World Music Category. Senegalese musician Baaba Maal released a new album “The Traveller” after seven years of absence.

Niger’s fashion designer Sidahmed Alphadi Seidnaly was designated as UNESCO’s Artist for Peace. He was recognized for his commitment to culture and development at the service of peace and human dignity.

An Egyptian band of visually impaired musicians made the news for their concerts in promoting the importance of art in the special needs community. Mali also held its first acoustic festival.

It was pomp in Nigeria when a 15-year-old boy occupied the throne of a kingdom in the Delta

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