If you missed the British Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, then you must be in an alternate dimension. It is the event everyone is talking about and we are no exception. We love happy beginnings so it is not at all surprising that we were part of the millions who tuned-in to experience the historic union of another British royal. This however was no ordinary affair. Meghan Markle is not a British, she is American with a Caucasian father and African American mother. Her wedding incorporated people of black heritage at a scale that was historic in such British royal events although not nearly as many as we would like but we are not complaining. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite guests and participants.
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho
Prince Seeiso was the only member of an outside royal family to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. The two princes have been close collaborators for more than a decade, joined by their commitment to charity work. In 2006, Harry and Seeiso founded Sentebale, a charity that aims to help vulnerable and HIV positive children in both Lesotho and Botswana. Ever since then, the two have worked closely together. Both Princess Diana and Seeiso’s mother, Queen ‘Mamohato, worked closely with HIV and AIDS charities during their lifetimes, and Sentebale, which translates to “forget me not,” was created as a tribute to both women.
Princess Mabereng Seeiso
The lovely Princess Mabereng Seeiso is wife to Prince Seeiso Bereng. She attended the wedding representing her cultural heritage in a beautiful African print dress and head wrap.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowe
Ghanaian British Actor and heartthrob showed up looking as handsome as ever with his beautiful fiance by his side. He is rumored to have played the DJ role at the reception.
A royal wedding with a Hollywood Princess of Meghan’s caliber will not be complete without Oprah adding the much deserved spice of her presence. We were delighted to see Oprah looking so lovely in her beautiful dress and statement hat.
Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian looked every bit as dashing as the best of the British Royals in attendance.
Cuban American Actress from the Suits series was also one of Meghan’s guests and looked lovely in her floral lace dress.
Ms. Doria Markle
Meghan’s mother was as regal as the queen herself. She looked lovely and oozed class and elegance.
Sheku, the renown British cellist and son to a Sierra Leonian-British mother, is a musical genius. He brought his gift to the royal wedding as only he could.
The Kingdom Choir
The Black British Kingdom choir came to the event with beautiful Afrocentric hairstyles showcasing their heritage proudly. And when it came to their performance, they delivered “Stand by Me” with the kind of talent that captures the essence of the words in every note.
Bishop Michael Curry
Bishop Curry made history as the first African-American to deliver a sermon at a British Royal wedding ceremony and no he did not hold back. He stirred the British royal sensibilities and gave all the guests a simple message, “when love is the way, we actually treat each other like we are actually family”. The sermon was very inspiring and unorthodox.
Unquestionably, Harry and Meghan strayed from tradition and ruffled some royal sensibilities, of that we are certain. But for what it was worth, their union and wedding celebration ushered in a new breeze of change that we can confidently say started with Princess Diana. They showed the British royals and the world that their world was not to be one of exclusion but one of inclusion, one where others who were once seen as lesser beings, have a place at the table. We wish the love birds a long, beautiful and lasting union.
DRC’s First Post Independence President-Elect Gets Backing From African Leaders After Contested Poll
Democratic Republic of Congo’s president-elect Felix Tshisekedi received a chorus of congratulations from African leaders on Sunday and Monday in a growing sign that his disputed election win will not be questioned internationally.
Regional support is crucial for Tshisekedi after a disorganized election on Dec. 30 that runner-up candidate Martin Fayulu says was rigged and that Congo’s Catholic Church contested. Many worry that outgoing president Joseph Kabila will continue to hold sway, limiting Tshisekedi’s power.
The new president will be the first to take power through an election since Congo’s independence in 1960, when Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was toppled in a coup after less than three months in office. Congolese and their neighbors are anxious that the process remain peaceful in a country that has drawn regional armies into its civil wars over the decades.
South African Teacher Sends Photo To Parents And Gets This Unexpected Reaction
A teacher at South African school, Laerskool Schweizer Reneke, took this photo and shared it with parents on WhatsApp in an effort to reassure them that their children’s first day of school was going smoothly. However, the teacher did not have the intended outcome as the photo revealed a detail that was unexpected. The students were separated by race in the classroom.
Students at Laerskool Schweizer were sent back home after South Africa’s North West Education Department suspended the teacher,
Ellen Barkhuizen, who is suspected to have separated the children according to race at the school.
Barkhuizen is reported to have taken the photo of the separated children, which is circulating on social media and has gone viral.
According to TimesLive, when parents complained to the school, they were sent a different picture after the children’s break showing that they had been “moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race”.
BLACK PARENT REACTS
The school has been suspected of discrimination by parents for some time. One parent had this to say to SABC News.
“I have applied on time, but I was so surprised when they said they can’t accept my child, he is on the waiting list. So, I requested to see the list of
WHITE PARENTS REACT
Speaking to SowetanLIVE, some of the white parents said black parents who are not happy about how the school operates, must take their children to township schools.
If you are not happy here, take your child to another school, nobody is forcing you. Now they want to make this as if it is racism, everyone just wants to make white people racists. We are not racists, we just want what is best for our children,” said one parent.
“Blacks don’t put their children first, we put our children first, and their safety and education
After meeting school staff and education department officials,
North West education MEC Sello Lehari confirmed that the teacher in question had been suspended.
Liberian President Weah Opens Church and Delivers Inaugural Sermon
Liberian president, George Weah, has proven that he is not only a former soccer legend but one with another mission – to be a preacher.
The 51-year-old, whose footballing career played a huge role in his landslide election victory, recently opened his own church and gave an inaugural sermon.
On December 31, 2018, during a watch night service to usher in the new year, the Liberian leader held a service and dedication ceremony for the church – The Forky Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church.
The ceremony was attended by a host of government appointees, including the Speaker of the country’s Legislature, Bhofal Chambers and the Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie, Liberian media, Front Page Africa reported.
In his first sermon on the theme: “Life is a business; what you do with your life will make you profitable or unprofitable”, President Weah encouraged his congregation to be committed and passionate about their objectives in 2019.
To his officials, the former football legend urged them to show commitment to their roles and abstain from sabotaging his administration.
“You work with government then you want to sabotage the government. You are a Minister in the government but you want to sabotage the government. You are an executive then you want to sabotage the government. You want to sit right here so that government work. You are also part of the government”.
“Let’s forget about all the setbacks in 2018 and focus on the prosperous New Year, what God gave you is enough,” he said.
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