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107-year-old Tulsa Race Massacre survivor’s dream to visit Ghana comes true! Now she’s a queen mother

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Viola Fletcher

Viola Fletcher, who is 107, and her brother, Hughes Van Ellis, who is 100, boarded a plane in August and flew 6,300 miles from Oklahoma to Ghana.

It isn’t just their ages and the distance they traveled that made the trip remarkable. It’s who they are: two of the three oldest known survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre who are still alive.The devastation of the Tulsa Race Massacre

They’d been invited to Ghana to be recognized for what they endured a century ago and to celebrate the African roots of their resilience.

The siblings were greeted by royalty and met with the nation’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who granted them Ghanaian citizenship and gave Fletcher a plot of land in the capital city, Accra.

“Medaase,” Fletcher said, using a Ghanaian dialect for “thank you,” during a meeting with the president, “We accept it with great joy, and we thank the president for this great honor.”

Several ceremonies yielded a bounty of honors: At one, she was crowned a queen mother. In another, dressed in white, she received a new name, “Naa Lamiley,” which in another Ghanaian dialect means, “Somebody who is strong. Somebody who stands the test of time.”

She received a red, bejeweled crown displaying another of her new names, “Ebube Ndi Igbo.” From the Ga Kingdom in Ghana, she received the name “Naa Yaoteley” Fletcher, which means “the first female child in a family or bloodline.”

Speaking to Ghanaian YouTuber, Wode Maya, Viola Fletcher said it had been a lifelong dream to visit Ghana and since she’s been in the country the experience has been more amazing than she imagined it to be.

The Tulsa race massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents, some of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and destroyed homes and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US. Alternatively known as the Tulsa race riot[13] or the Black Wall Street massacre, the event is considered one of “the single worst incident[s] of racial violence in American history”.

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DBlack appreciates the mother of his children with a Range Rover gift

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Ghanaian rapper and businessman, Dblack has gifted the mother of his children, a brand new Range Rover.

The presentation was done at a get together to celebrate his 35th birthday on January 13th.

According to Dblack, his baby mama had been a “real one”, hence, his gesture.

“Gifted the mother of my kids a new Range Rover on my birthday. Always gotta appreciate the real ones. The smiles on my kids faces did it for me. Let’s appreciate the good ones. God bless us all,” he captioned a video of the presentation.

Meanwhile, the Black Avenue Musik boss also gifted himself a brand new Mercedes S 550 to mark his new age.

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Afia Schwarzenegger loses dad

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Ghanaian Comedian, Afia Schwarzenegger has lost her dad, Mr Augustine Adjei.

The self-acclaimed Queen of Ghanaian Comedy announced the news on her Instagram a couple of minutes ago.

“My hero has gone to be with the Lord. Rest In Peace Daddy. I’m lost,” she captioned a photo of her and her dad.

Mr Augustine Adjei had fallen ill and was admitted at the Korle Bu teaching hospital in December.

He’s reported to have been battling cancer.

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Social media users go crazy as Moesha Bodoung makes first IG post in months

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Ghanaian actress, Moesha Bodoung has returned to social media after a long break.

In the second quarter of 2021, the actress found Christ, an encounter, that led to series of scandals.

Moesha was reported to have suffered some mental breakdown amidst other things.

She went off social media through the period and was missed dearly by her followers.

On Saturday night, Moesha announced her return with a post on Instagram.

“God is King,” she shared.

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Moesha post has since generated a lot of reactions as colleagues in the industry as well as her fans rejoiced at her return.

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Chance The Rapper meets Nana Addo, hints at coming back to Ghana in July with a ‘big group’

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Although Chance The Rapper has returned to the USA, he already has plans to return to Ghana soon. (more…)

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‘I started cooking at the age of 10’ – Food vlogger Sweet Adjeley shares her journey

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One of Ghana’s most celebrated food vloggers watched and loved worldwide, Sweet Adjeley has disclosed how her passion for cooking started at an early age. (more…)

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African animation Seal Team makes a splash on Netflix Top 10 Films in 27 countries around the world

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Triggerfish’s third animated feature, Seal Team, is making a splash on Netflix’s global Top 10 films for the week ending 9 January 2022, with members watching over 10 million hours, making it the ninth most-watched film on Netflix in 27 countries!

Seal Team, which launched on New Year’s Eve, is the story of Quinn, a seal who spends his days relaxing in the sun, splashing in the beautiful waters off the coast of Cape Town, and swimming for his life from Great White Sharks. When he decides it’s time for the food chain to bite back, Quinn recruits a ragtag team of likeminded seals brave, stupid and crazy enough to try and teach those sharks a lesson.

 

Decider says, “Seal Team has laughs-a-plenty and a sense of good natured camaraderie in its heart,” not to mention “inspired voice casting” and “the kind of sight gags that look beyond cartoon kids’ fare.”

 

Common Sense Media recommends Seal Team for ages six and up, saying, “Though it doesn’t have the big-name studios behind it, this movie holds its own in the animation and voice acting categories… You can’t help but root for the seals.”

 

The all-star cast is far from wet behind the ears. Jessie T. Usher (A-Train in The Boys) stars as Quinn, opposite the likes of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Omni-Man in Invincible), Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (Philip in The Americans), Emmy nominee Kristen Schaal (Mabel inGravity Falls, The Guide in What We Do In The Shadows) and four-time Annie Awards nominee Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson in Family Guy), as well as South African stars Sharlto Copley (Wikus van der Merwe in District 9) and John Kani (Rafiki in The Lion King).

 

Grammy Award winner Seal plays a singing seal called Seal Seal and action legend Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) portrays a dolphin called Dolph – two castings which tell you everything you need to know about both the film’s humour and how swimmingly everything fell into place for the production.

 

Seal Team is the feature film debut of South African writer-director Greig Cameron, working from a story by Wayne Thornley (Adventures in Zambezia) and Brian and Jason Cleveland.

 

“Believe it or not, our underwater military animal team is based on a real unit that trains seals and dolphins to disarm mines,” says Greig. “Admittedly, the real-life version probably isn’t armed with exploding sardines and octo-suits made out of octopi that can change colour…”

 

Of course, seals are the unlikeliest of action heroes, especially when on land. “They’re these weird, flubby, amorphous slabs of butter on land,” says Greig. “We went on a research trip diving with them. As we left the harbour in the boat, I was looking at these derpy seals just lying there on the jetty, and I was wondering, ‘Goodness gracious, how are we going to make an action movie with these guys?’ But then as soon as we got in the water, I was like, ‘Yes, this is going to work amazingly.’ When they get in the water, it’s not just that they’re faster: their whole bodies re-form into these darting bullets. They’re pretty much the physical manifestation of ‘squash-and-stretch’ animation.”

 

Greig leaned into the ridiculousness of the seals vs. sharks premise. “Cape fur seals forming a military SEAL team to fight sharks is something so silly and ridiculous, it makes me grin,” says Greig. “It makes everyone grin.”

But co-director Kane Croudace says for all its silliness, behind the madcap gags and rapid-fire punchlines, Seal Team is also an inspiring underdog story that everyone at Triggerfish related to.

 

“It’s about a hero who is brave, stupid and crazy enough to want to do the dangerously impossible,” says Kane. “That’s a theme that resonates throughout my working career. Right at the beginning of my time with Triggerfish, we wanted to make a feature film at the bottom of Africa with a totally inexperienced crew, which everyone said was impossible. We went and did it anyway. If anyone working at a ’proper’ studio had seen our workflows on Adventures In Zambezia, they would have given us 150/1 odds against us ever finishing it. But shielded by our stupidity and bravado, we managed to do it and we’ve got better with each subsequent project. So I think Quinn’s attitude to the task ahead is mirrored in our tenacity in getting these films made.”

 

Triggerfish’s first two films, Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, sold nine million cinema tickets globally, placing them in the five biggest box office hits from Africa ever. Triggerfish then went on to animate the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation Revolting Rhymes as well as four much-loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adaptations, including the 2021 Annie Award winner The Snail and the Whale and the 2020 International Emmy-winning Zog, all produced by Magic Light Pictures.

 

The 25-year-old studio is currently producing three Africa-focused TV series: Mama K’s Team 4 for Netflix; Kiya for eOne, Disney Junior and Disney+; and the anthology Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, for Disney+.

 

The 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival awarded Triggerfish the Mifa Animation Industry Award for “the pioneering role that the company has played in animation in South Africa, and Africa most widely,” according to Véronique Encrenaz, head of Mifa.

 

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