In its 57th year, the continent celebrates Africa Day in commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity.
With everything African being celebrated, we have to showcase our appreciation for, and pride in, black excellence in South Africa.
Regardless of the dark Covid-19 cloud hovering over the rainbow nation, South Africans have so much to celebrate.
The latest pride and joy to come from Mzansi is Netflix’s new “Blood and Water”, an original teen mystery series released last week.
According to Forbes, the series, which has predominantly black actors, is a big hit in several countries.
The six-episode series has already jumped onto the Netflix top-10 chart in countries such as the US, the UK and France.
Local rapper Nasty C also made his acting debut in the series and produced music for it.
Nasty C has been in the industry for a while, but blew up when he won the Best Freshman Award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards at the age of 18, the youngest ever recipient of the award.
He has since collaborated with big international names in the industry, such as French Montana, A$AP Ferg and Kaien Cruz.
He will also be performing for the Africa Day benefit concert hosted by Hollywood heart-throb Idris Elba.
This is but a drop in the bucket of the talent hidden within these borders.
Today, we also celebrate Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi, the first black captain for the Springboks, who led his team and country to their third World Cup victory in Yokohama, Japan, in November last year.
The Springboks showed true unity and triumphed 32 – 12 against England in a brutal final.
This win had a domino effect on the team, who later won the Laureus World Team of the Year award at the Laureus awards ceremony in Berlin in February.
Kolisi, known for being a gentle giant, has not allowed his fame to obscure what is truly important. As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, he and his wife, Rachel, have been helping vulnerable communities by donating food and essential items via their Kolisi Foundation.
“New African” magazine also named Kolisi one of the top 100 most influential Africans.
One sweetheart who captured the heart of not only her nation but also the world’s is Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.
A feminist in her own right, Zozibini brought some liberty to South African women, empowering them to “take up space” in a country ravaged by gender-based violence and show the world just how powerful they are.
When asked what young girls should be taught, she said leadership, and explained: “It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be.
“I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity.
“And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space.”
According to the BBC, Zozibini is the first black woman to win the Miss Universe title since Leila Lopes from Angola, who won the title in 2011.
So, be proud, be African, be you.