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AKA is reaching for new levels in 2016. Levels, of course, refers to the South African rapper’s gold-certified sophomore album.

In the year-and-a-half since its release, AKA, 27, blew up in his home country and has become well known across the continent, especially in Nigeria, where he’s collaborated with a who’s-who of West African pop royalty from Burna Boy and Sarkodie to Wizkid and Ice Prince.

Just this month, AKA was selected as one of BBC 1Xtra’s “Hot For 2016” artists, a prestigious list that’s predicted the rise of megastars like Chance The Rapper, Sam Smith, Stormzy, The Weeknd and Disclosure.

In October, AKA stopped by our Brooklyn offices while in the U.S. to claim his AFRIMMAs (Afrikan Muzik Magazine Awards) for Best Male Southern Africa and Best Collaboration. We were originally only planning to quiz him about his phone. That all changed when the musician turned the table on us: “had we ever been to South Africa,” he wanted to know.

Our conversation turned into a tell-all about everything from the Johannesburg rap star’s friendship with Trevor Noah to his Naija love and his #FelaGoals on his next album.

Note: The following interview has been edited and condensed.

AKA: Have any of you guys been to South Africa?

Okayafrica: Yes.

I think it’s very different to what people in the States think it is obviously. I mean the cost of living, for instance—you can get so much further with 100 bucks in South Africa than you can with 100 bucks here. That’s pretty cool.

You think that our perception of South Africa is really different than how it actually is?

I definitely think there are different perceptions now. Hosting the World Cup changed everything. Obviously Trevor Noah is doing his thing and that’s like a mainstream voice in mainstream America. I mean before Trevor Noah and before the World Cup maybe the only thing America really knew about South Africa was Nelson Mandela and the Lion King. That’s different now, so yeah, that’s good to see.

We hear you might go hang out with Trevor Noah at The Daily Show after you’re done chatting with us. How do you guys know each other?

Well, Trevor Noah is a well-known South African personality back home. We, the DJs and the artists and a lot of people in entertainment, we’ve known Trevor for a long time. It was pretty cool to see how big he is here in the States and around the world. He’s in the subways, on cabs and stuff like that. It was really cool to see his success. He’s a very likable guy.

To you guys he’s like brand new. I’m sure you guys will have to make your mind up about him, because obviously it’s a big task to fill Jon Stewart’s shoes. It’s a bit weird watching The Daily Show with him as a host though, as a South African, because you feel like you’re watching local TV. You’re like, “What?”

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Trevor Noah and AKA at The Daily Show. Courtesy of AKA.

Do you feel like you and Trevor Noah are playing a similar role as far as changing Western perceptions about South Africa?

One hundred percent. I definitely feel that what he’s doing in his field—I mean he’s basically at the end now. He’s across the finish line. For me, I feel like I’m busy doing the same thing. Rapping in English also gives me that advantage. People don’t switch off immediately, like “oh, I don’t understand this”. You know?

It allows me to still tell the story from my country’s perspective. I don’t feel like I’m telling my country’s story. I don’t feel like one of those rappers. I just feel like this is what I do and this is the perspective that I am coming from. I definitely feel like we are in different ways doing the same thing. Yes, I do, but not just for the States, for the whole world.

Right. For you it’s like you’re not constantly retelling the “story of South Africa,” but just like naturally doing what you do and being who you are.

Yeah. I mean for instance, if I’m rapping in a song and I say something about Snapchat, it might make some American say, “Oh, they have Snapchat in South Africa?” You know what I mean? It’s hard to quantify it, but just me existing and talking about things, you might find out some things you didn’t know or confirm some things. You never know.

Of course there’s many different perspectives within South Africa, but have you noticed how South Africans are looking at America, has that changed at all?

I don’t think so. I don’t think South Africa or the world has really changed its view on the States. America’s place in the world is always going to be at the front of the line, because America is where we get our movies from, where we get most of our fashion from, our hip-hop. America is the birthplace of the culture. Everyone will always take their cues from the States, but recently the world is also looking elsewhere, and one of those places is Africa. It’s interesting to see that happen.

What brings you here to the States this time?

I was nominated for some awards. They’re called the AFRIMMAs, African Muzik Magazine Awards. I don’t know why they are hosted in Dallas, but they’re in Dallas. We were nominated and we decided to take a trip there. I was also nominated for the BETs earlier this year, so I was in Los Angeles which is really cool.

What’s really happening with me is I’m getting a lot of international awards and recognition and nominations because African music is bigger than it’s ever been. We’ve got a lot of artists penetrating the States and Europe and so forth.

For us it’s a big deal to go to Dallas or to go to New York or wherever else because for me personally my own surrounding South Africa is getting a bit small for me. I’m too much of a big fish and the tank is getting smaller every day. I want to go back to being a small fish. That’s why I’m here. We managed to win those awards actually.

Where would you ideally want to be a small fish?

I definitely have a big affinity towards Europe. I think Europe is cool because you find that a lot of the U.S. acts, a lot of the U.S. artists before they become big in the States some of them take the route to be big in Europe. For instance let’s take A$AP Rocky. He became big via fashion and blogs and stuff in Europe. Obviously he was doing his thing here, but when he really blew up in Europe that’s when the people in the States really started taking notice of him.

For me I just think that over there—not to say that people are not open-minded here—but over there people are always looking for something new and a bit weird and a bit left field. For me, definitely Europe, and I think the States after that.

What about you is weird and left field?

I think in terms of a global perspective me being from a country like South Africa is really weird enough: my perspective, my way of thinking, what I’ve experienced growing up. The way that I think is already a bit left field from what you would get from an American artist or what you would from a British artist. I think that my biggest strength is not being from here. It’s being from a different setting.

I think if you look at the world right now, I think especially in the States, people are looking for a bit of a different story. I think even here in the States you guys want something different now. How many times can you hear, “sold drugs and went to jail, now I’ve got a Rolex.” I think that story has been told.

What’s your story?

My story is just the story of growing up in a country that has a lot of contrast. Obviously South Africa and its past has its own issues of race and issues of politics. I try and touch on politics here and there in my music, but at the same time I also want to make people happier. I want to make people dance and smile and so forth. My story is really pretty basic.

I grew up in a normal family, not like a rich family or a super poor family, really middle class upbringing. My story is basically my music. I’m an artist-artist. I’m very much about the craft. I’m very much about my live performances. I also believe that if you don’t have a great live show or a festival standard show then you can’t have a long career. People who can’t perform, they can’t really have a career, and that’s what I’m about.

How did you hone your live show?

Well, firstly I started off as anybody starts off, just a DJ and a mic. Actually before that, no DJ. Just a backing track. That’s how everybody really starts. Then I obviously got my DJ and we worked together for about two years. Basically touring South Africa, we got like the major cities; Joburg, Durban, Cape Town. Then obviously all the cities in between.

Then I think three years ago I decided, man I need a band. And that’s really where things really changed for me, because it enabled me to play festivals. It enabled me to change the dynamic of my show. When I perform now, you know when you’re playing with a DJ or you’re playing with a song. If the song is three minutes the song is three minutes. With a band you can change a three-minute song into a six-minute song. It gives you flexibility.

Now we rehearse as much as possible about every week. Try and keep the show fresh. We’ve been to so many places. We’ve been to all over the continent; South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, the UK, the States, the DRC.

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What’s your reception been like on the rest of the continent?

It’s been amazing, you see because in Africa we’ve got media channels now. For instance now we’ve got MTV Base. That has changed the whole dynamic of music in Africa because now we know what’s going on in Nigeria and Nigeria knows what’s going on in South Africa and South Africa knows what is going on in Kenya and so forth. That’s why you are seeing so many collaborations between all the artists.

We’ve also got Trace TV, which is big in Europe, and the internet and social media. Because of all those things, people are much more familiar with everybody’s work. It’s becoming more like America where you might be in different states and states might be a bit more autonomous and stuff. You know it’s all part of one picture. That’s basically what’s happening in Africa now. It’s all becoming one picture.

Wherever I go it’s really great. Even in Francophone countries or Lusophone countries. People understand the language of music because in Africa people want to dance mostly and that’s what we do.

Speaking of collaborations, do you have any you can tease?

Not here in the States, but definitely back in, well, in terms of the African continent. We do a lot of collaborations with Nigerian artists because the cool thing about the Nigerian market and Nigerians is that they are everywhere. You can find a Nigerian in New York or Paris or London or Tokyo or wherever. My strategy is basically to do as much music with Nigerian artists and go to Nigeria and tour Nigeria as often as possible as a springboard to do stuff overseas.

The problem with South Africans is there’s not as many South Africans by population. We’ve only got what, 42 million people in our country, and Nigeria is like 40 million people in one city, which is pretty crazy (editor’s note: most estimates put Lagos at around 20 million but growing rapidly).

As one of the top artists coming out of South Africa, do you see your influence on artists who are now emerging?

Yes, I see my influence in South Africa, but also on the continent. The continent is a huge place, you know. I mean just to put it into perspective, Nigeria and South Africa are like a six-hour flight away from each other. Maybe the perception was that Africa is this small close-together place and it’s really not. It’s a huge continent.

I also see my influence at home in my own country, but I’m starting to see my influence in other countries like Nigeria or Kenya or Tanzania, because for them they had gone through a similar situation where they had their own local languages. For them to say, “Well, actually I don’t feel so bad about rapping in English and singing in English and telling my own story in English, because well, if AKA can do and find success, not just in the continent but overseas, then maybe I can do that as well.”

That’s a good feeling because I never set out to be like a role model or a pioneer or any of these things. I just did my thing and now to see it happen is really cool.

What can you tell us about your next album? Where are you looking to record it?

I plan to do as much of the album outside South Africa as humanly possible because I’ve done my two albums at home now, and now I just want to have a bit more of a pan-African sound and influence on my album.

I haven’t really made up my mind about what I want the next one to sound like. I know it’s going to be a bit harder, a bit more edgy, a bit weirder. A bit more like African, in terms of maybe, a bit more afrobeat. I need to find a way to fuse afrobeat and hip-hop music. It sounds like a train wreck when I say that. But I also said that to myself in the last album. I went and I mixed dance and house music with hip-hop music. There is a formula that I figured out; all your favorite house songs have samples in them, right? I love samples. All those samples are soul samples. Even soul from the ’60s , ’70s, ’80s.

If I go ahead and sample the record they sampled in a hip-hop style, I end up sampling the sample. I end up sampling like, let’s take like Armand Van Helden for instance. You know the joint, “You don’t even know me, you say that I’m …” It’s a big dance song, but that sample is a soul sample. That’s how I managed to figure it out. Oh, “if I sample that then I can bring house music and hip-hop music together.”

Now I need to find out a way to bring afrobeat music. Tempo-wise it’s going to be a nightmare, but I don’t know how I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it.

Horns on everything.

Yeah horns, exactly Fela and stuff like that.

Buhari and Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, over what he described as his government’s seeming inability to contain the violent activities of herdsmen across the country. Buhari and Soyinka In his address to the National Conference on Culture and Tourism, Soyinka said the President Buhari-led government was yet to come up with an articulate solution to tackle the menace, reports Premium Times. This came as Fulani herdsmen on Monday unleashed terror on Ukpabi Nimbo, a community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing dozens of people. The attack came weeks after a similar wave of violence by herdsmen in Agatu in Benue State. Soyinka said: “I have yet to hear this government articulate a firm policy of non-tolerance for the serial massacres that have become the nation’s identification stamp.” “I have not heard an order given that any cattle herders caught with sophisticated firearms be instantly disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cattle confiscated. The nation is treated to an eighteen-month optimistic plan which, to make matters worse, smacks of abject appeasement and encouragement of violence on innocents. “Let me repeat, and of course I only ask to be corrected if wrong: I have yet to encounter a terse, rigorous, soldierly and uncompromising language from this leadership, one that threatens a response to this unconscionable blood-letting that would make even Boko Haram repudiate its founding clerics.‎ “When I read a short while ago, the Presidential assurance to this nation that the current homicidal escalation between the cattle prowlers and farming communities would soon be over, I felt mortified. “He had the solution, he said. Cattle ranches were being set up, and in another 18 months, rustlings, destruction of livelihood and killings from herdsmen would be ‘a thing of the past’. 18 months, he assured the nation. I believe his Minister of Agriculture echoed that later, but with a less dispiriting time schema. “Neither, however, could be considered a message of solace and reassurance for the ordinary Nigerian farmer and the lengthening cast of victims, much less to an intending tourist to the Forest Retreat of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the moslem architectural heritage of the ancient city of Kano. In any case, the external tourists have less hazardous options.‎” Recalling with nostalgia how he – in the company of the late Segun Olusola – journeyed across Nigeria in the pre-war 60’s, mostly out of curiosity, Soyinka said: “But now, would the young adventurous set out to visit the mystery caves of Anambra and its alleged curative pools from mere interest? “They would think twice about it. It is not merely arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but total, undisputed impunity. Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in conduct when crime occurs and no legal, logical and moral response is offered.‎” Narrating his experience with cattle herders, right at his doorstep, recently, he said: “I returned from a trip outside the country about to find that my home ground had been invaded, and a brand-new ‘Appian way’ sliced through my sanctuary. “That ‘motorable’ path was made by the hoofed invaders. Both the improvised entry and exit are now blocked, but interested journalists are invited to visit. “In over two decades of living in that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had ever occurred. I have no idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen but, they were cattle herders, and they had cut a crude swathe through my private grounds. “I made enquiries and sent alerts around, including through the Baale of our neighborhood village. There has been no repeat, and hopefully it will remain the first and last of such invasion. What it portends however is for all thinking citizens to reflect upon, and take concerted measures against.” The Nobel laureate noted that herdsmen are among humanity’s earliest known tourists and must be taught a culture of settlement with their hosts. His words: The leadership of any society cannot stand idly and offer solutions that implicitly deem the massacres of innocents mere incidents on the way to that learning school. “For every crime, there is a punishment, for every violation, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world cannot place themselves above the law of settled humanity.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fulani-herdsmen-killings-soyinka-slams-buhari/

Kaduna – The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Thursday condemned Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo Community in Enugu State, describing it as most unfortunate and barbaric. . The ACF in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, commiserated with the government and people of Enugu state “over this unfortunate ugly incident.” It called on security agencies to unmask the perpetrators of the heinous attacks, so as to end current “dangerous generalisation” of Fulani herdsmen as responsible for the attacks. “Nigeria cannot afford to graduate from Boko Haram insurgency to an unwarranted attack by unknown gunmen alleged to be Fulani herdsmen. “The traditional Fulani nomads have coexisted peacefully with their host communities and have been grazing their cattle for decades all over Nigeria without any such attacks. “ ACF is therefore disturbed and seriously concerned with this recent development. “It therefore calls upon the security agencies to do a thorough investigation into the identities of the suspected gunmen in order to stop this dangerous generalization of labelling certain tribe or people of certain faith as responsible for these attacks. “ This will cause mistrust and likely incite people of different tribes and faith who have lived together peacefully for decades. “Criminals hiding under whatever guise and committing heinous crimes against innocent people and the state should be treated as such and in accordance with the law,” it stated. The ACF commended the recent directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to security chiefs, to secure affected communities, arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/nigeria-cant-afford-graduate-boko-haram-attack-fulani-herdsmen-acf/

This is what happened. A sekx tape involving one of Davido’s South African Ex, Faith Nketsi aka Queen Twerk was leaked [Download Video Here] and many presumed Davido was the one in the tape. But it wasn’t Davido!!! It’s her current boyfriend.

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Davido cursed back at the twitter user who said he was the one in the video. He also called the ex a hoe!

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The word 'negro' had to be removed from a painting inside Kensington Palace at the last minute before the Obamas arrived for their informal dinner with the royals.

The U.S. President and First Lady were just moments away from being entertained by Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry on Friday night, when an eagle-eyed assistant spotted a plaque, which named the piece of art 'The Negro Page'.

A frantic removal reportedly took place inside the drawing room to avoid causing offence to the American couple.  A pot plant was also put in place to cover where the plaque would have been. 

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The U.S. President and First Lady were just moments away from being entertained by Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry on Friday night, when an eagle-eyed assistant spotted a plaque, which named the piece of art (ringed) 'The Negro Page'+16

The U.S. President and First Lady were just moments away from being entertained by Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry on Friday night, when an eagle-eyed assistant spotted a plaque, which named the piece of art (ringed) 'The Negro Page'

The dramatic painting on one of the walls - A page With Two Horses, by Albert Cuyp, from The Royal Collection - features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660. It is also known as The Negro Page+16

The dramatic painting on one of the walls - A page With Two Horses, by Albert Cuyp, from The Royal Collection - features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660. It is also known as The Negro Page

A source told The Sun: 'Imagine the horror when someone spotted the N-word.'

The dramatic painting on one of the walls - A page With Two Horses, by Albert Cuyp, from The Royal Collection - features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660. It is also known as The Negro Page. 

Mail on Sunday art critic Philip Hensher says the work, from the Golden Age of Dutch painting, would particularly appeal to a History of Art graduate, such as Kate.

A Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment on the reports last night.

1) A hand made rocking horse the Obamas sent a newborn Prince George. 2) A picture of Carole and Michael Middleton on Kate and William's wedding day. 3) A photo of a fresh faced Prince William in his teenage years. 4) An iconic picture of Princess Diana with a young William and Harry. 5) What appears to be a family photo in front of the Pyramids of Egypt. 6) What looks like a black and white snap of the Duchess of Cambridge at Laura Parker-Bowles' 2006 wedding. 7) A wildlife photography book entitled On This Earth, A Shadow Falls+16

1) A hand made rocking horse the Obamas sent a newborn Prince George. 2) A picture of Carole and Michael Middleton on Kate and William's wedding day. 3) A photo of a fresh faced Prince William in his teenage years. 4) An iconic picture of Princess Diana with a young William and Harry. 5) What appears to be a family photo in front of the Pyramids of Egypt. 6) What looks like a black and white snap of the Duchess of Cambridge at Laura Parker-Bowles' 2006 wedding. 7) A wildlife photography book entitled On This Earth, A Shadow Falls


8) A replica of White House dog, Bo, presented to George by the Obamas. 9) A comfortable looking hexagonal footstool. 10) A page With Two Horses, by Albert Cuyp, from The Royal Collection, which features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660. 11) A 70cl bottle of Smirnoff ice worth £12 and a bottle of £14 Gordon's gin sitting on a corner table. 12) A scented candle. 13) Another fine work of art by an unknown artist+16

8) A replica of White House dog, Bo, presented to George by the Obamas. 9) A comfortable looking hexagonal footstool. 10) A page With Two Horses, by Albert Cuyp, from The Royal Collection, which features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660. 11) A 70cl bottle of Smirnoff ice worth £12 and a bottle of £14 Gordon's gin sitting on a corner table. 12) A scented candle. 13) Another fine work of art by an unknown artist



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Mrs Obama was greeted with a kiss on the cheek by Prince Harry when the President and First Lady arrived at Kensington Palace, pictured

They all spoke briefly before heading towards the entrance of 1A for a brief photo op. Ever the gentleman, President Obama offered his umbrella to the Duchess+16

They all spoke briefly before heading towards the entrance of 1A for a brief photo op. Ever the gentleman, President Obama offered his umbrella to the Duchess

President Obama then pops the umbrella to one side as the Royals and First Family pose outside the palace for a picture+16

President Obama then pops the umbrella to one side as the Royals and First Family pose outside the palace for a picture

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Obamas and Prince Harry posed for photos on the steps of the royal residence




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facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-berlin-feb-25-2016Facebook, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reported first-quarter of 2016 earnings on April 27, 2016.PHOTO: KAY NIETFELD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Facebook is building for decades out, so there's a need for patience, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors Wednesday. And yet, his company posted quarterly earnings that blew away analysts' expectations. 

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) broke through the tech malaise by turning in a dominant quarter, with user growth and profits that exceeded estimates, sending its stock up more than 8 percent after hours. With 1.65 billion monthly active users, Facebook has now captured nearly half of all internet users around the world and it continues to use that data to fuel its growing advertising business.

The social networking giant reported profit of $1.5 billion, up from $701 million a year ago, and with 77 cents earnings per share. That figure beat the $1.1 billion, with earnings per share at 62 cents, that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted.

“We had a great start to the year,” Zuckerberg said. “We're focused on our 10-year roadmap to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone.”

For now, Facebook can rely on its successful ad business. "While F8 [its developer conference] was all about the future, I noticed this [report] was about how are they delivering today," said Tom Edwards, chief digital officer of agency business for marketing company Epsilon. "I almost feel like they were trying to balance the future state with reaffirming investors that we are driving $5 billion from ad revenue.”

Meanwhile, other tech stocks are not faring well in the market. Apple shares were down 6 percent at Wednesday's close after CEO Tim Cook reported the company's first revenue decline in 13 years a day earlier. Twitter fell by more than 16 percent to $14.86 after it also failed to meet analysts' expectations. 

Facebook posted $5.38 billion in revenue, a 34 percent increase from $3.54 million for the same quarter last year. That amount is far under Apple's $50.56 billion in revenue, but while the phone manufacturer's growth is falling, Facebook's moves forward. Analysts had estimated $5.25 billion for Facebook's quarter.

Facebook continues to have mobile ads to thank for its skyrocketing profits. Mobile ad revenue represented 82 percent of all ad revenue for the first quarter, up from 73 percent in the first quarter of 2015. 

The power of Facebook comes from its ability to connect those active users with its ad offerings. Facebook Audience Network, its business to sell ads across the internet like its competitor Google, is continuing to grow, noted Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. "The global nature of our business is part of driving that," Sandberg said. 

More businesses joining the network has also supported Facebook's growth. Sandberg touted its service as being the best for small businesses seeking a cheaper alternative to buying TV ads. More than 2 million small businesses have posted a video on Facebook. 

Consumers are also contributing to Facebook's growing video network, with its live-streaming feature as well as its traditional uploader. Zuckerberg disputed reports that Facebook sharing is down, citing that the type of sharing has just changed on the network. Prior to the Facebook app, users were posting albums on their PCs while now they are uploading just a few photos to the mobile app. Users are creating three times as much video year over year, Sandberg noted.

Facebook’s user base reached 1.65 billion monthly active users, up from 1.59 billion in the December quarter. That's a 15 percent increase from the same period last year.

That dominance in active users continues to delight investors. “It makes Facebook a bargain. If you think about it in those terms and you look at Facebook’s valuation at $300 billion, it’s not surprising at all that they’re outpacing Microsoft,” said Phil Davis, CEO of Philstockworld.com “Facebook is now bigger than Microsoft in total users. That’s stunning. That’s a global world-changing tech.”

Indeed, Facebook is pursuing ventures that it believes will guarantee its continued success not only as an ad company, but as a technology provider. Facebook is looking at artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and bringing more people online as big commitments that have a long way to come.

These pursuits may not pay off in the immediate future, but Zuckerberg assured that smart acquisitions is a key part of his repertoire. He called out Instagram as one example for a purchase that now contributes significantly to its users' attention and the company's revenue. Facebook does not break out Instagram's revenue. A Credit Suisse report estimated that it could reach $3.2 billion in 2016. 

VR and augmented reality "are going to be important platforms over time," Zuckerberg said. "A lot of what we felt like we were buying there was a critical mass of the best people and the best technology." The company now touts 13,600 employees, up 35 percent year over year. 

Zuckerberg is taking steps to maintain control of the company by creating a second class of non-voting stock. The move will allow Zuckerberg to follow through on his pledge to give away 99 percent of his Facebook shares, an announcement that accompanied the birth of his daughter last year, while maintaining control of the company.

Through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are hoping to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, including access to healthcare and climate change. "No one’s going to argue with the guy. It's altruistic," Davis said. 

But, one investor on the call inquired what would happen if Zuckerberg were to leave the company, given the new stock plan. The "new multi-class share is dependent on Zuckerberg leading Facebook," said Dave Wehner, chief financial officer of Facebook.

Aicahn1Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Enterprises, said he was "still very cautious" on the U.S. stock market and there would be a "day of reckoning" unless there was some sort of fiscal stimulus is seen. He is pictured July 15, 2015.PHOTO: ADAM JEFFERY/CNBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK VIA GETTY IMAGES

This story was updated at 4:05 p.m. EDT.

U.S. stocks fell steeply Thursday afternoon after billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said he had sold his entire stake in Apple, citing the risk of China's influence on the stock. 

Icahn, in an interview with cable television network CNBC, also said he was "still very cautious" on the U.S. stock market and there would be a "day of reckoning" unless there was some sort of fiscal stimulus. Icahn had been a huge fan of Apple, repeatedly calling the investment a "no brainer."

Apple was the worst-performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, closing the day down 3 percent at $95.

The Dow index finished the day with a loss of 211 points, or 1.2 percent, at 17,831, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 19 points, or 0.9 percent, at 2,076, and the tech-laden Nasdaq composite index slumped 58 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,805.

Earlier, stocks slid after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by choosing not to expand monetary stimulus, showing yet again how vulnerable markets are to central bank decisions.

The Bank of Japan’s decision to hold steady in the face of soft global demand and a rise in the yen was particularly jarring for markets after media reports that the central bank wanted to go deeper into negative interest rates.

The BOJ’s announcement came a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve chose to hold steady on its interest rates and the easing of fears that the Fed would signal a rise in June.

While the American labor market continues to gain strength, inflation remains below the U.S. central bank’s 2 percent target.

“We would not expect the Bank of Japan’s decision to have a sustainable, lasting impact on the U.S., but we do think that it is yet another illustration of the power that central banks have upon the markets,” said Erik Wytenus, global investment specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, in Palm Beach, Florida. “It has been over half a decade now where central banks are really the most important factor in capital markets.”

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Earlier, Asian stocks surrendered early gains in chaotic trade and the yen surged against the dollar after the Bank of Japan defied market expectations for more monetary stimulus even as prices slipped deeper into deflationary territory.

A near 3 percent fall in dollar/yen was its biggest daily drop since August 2015 and the second biggest in five years, while the yen's gain against the euro was the biggest in five years. European shares also struggled.

In U.S. deal news, Comcast, the owner of NBCUniversal, said Thursday it would buy DreamWorks Animation SKG for $3.8 billion in cash. The $41-per-share offer represents a premium of 27.3 percent over DreamWorks’ closing share price Wednesday.

Meanwhile, data Thursday showed that U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of the year braked sharply to its slowest pace in two years as consumer spending softened. Gross domestic product increased at a 0.5 percent, below the 0.7 percent rise expected by economists polled by Reuters.

Another piece of data showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose to 257,000 last week from 247,000 the previous week, but the underlying trend remained consistent with tightening labor market conditions.

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The Dow and S&P 500 closed slightly higher Wednesday, while the Nasdaq was dragged down by Apple’s disappointing earnings report.

First-quarter corporate earnings are expected to fall 6.9 percent, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Facebook bucked the market trend as its shares jumped 8 percent to $117 a day after the company reported its revenue soared 50 percent.

Domino’s Pizza fell 10 percent to $120 after its results missed estimates, while Ford Motor rose 3 percent to $14 after reporting a 113 percent surge in quarterly profit.

St. Jude Medical soared 26 percent to $78 after Abbott Laboratories said it agreed to buy the medical device maker for $25 billion. Abbott sank 8 percent to $40.

Data from Reuters were used to report this story.

Wife Pee In Husband's Tea To Prevent Him From Cheating On HerWife Pee In Husband's Tea To Prevent Him From Cheating On Her

A wife has made a shocking confession how she has been able to tame her husband but the bubble is about to burst which might ruin her marriage. She's in a real dilemma. 

Dear readers,

Please help me before my marriage collapses. I love my husband so much but I was afraid that he would be like other men and cheat on me. My aunt gave me this tip that if I pee in his tea everyday my husband would become ‘soft hearted’ and never beat me or give me a hard time.

For sure it worked and my husband loves me and never cheats, he values my opinion when making decisions. If I tell him something, he listens.

We had a disagreement with my aunt over money that she owes me and is refusing to pay, now she is threatening to tell him that he drank my urine all this time. 

If he finds out I don’t think he will ever forgive me, and I am thinking of telling him before she tells him. Also, I can’t stop making him drink my urine lest he becomes a nuisance. I am so worried, I don't know what to do? Please, what should I do?



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Slim Girl With Massive B**bs Shuts Down The InternetSlim Girl With Massive B**bs Shuts Down The Internet

The size of the boobs of this slim lady is not proportional to the size of her body as she appears short of flesh in other areas of her body. 

Human beings come in different shapes and body sizes. This photo of this unnamed lady has generated massive attention amongst social media users who have dropped their diverse views.

 Some men have shown their interest in heavy-chested ladies which makes this lady a point of attraction to them



Read more: http://www.africanseer.com/news/482513-slim-girl-with-massive-b-bs-shuts-down-the-internet.html#ixzz479DI92hF

Woman With Gigantic Backside Causes Commotion On Internet (PHOTOS)Woman With Gigantic Backside Causes Commotion On Internet (PHOTOS)Woman With Gigantic Backside Causes Commotion On Internet (PHOTOS)

Singer Praiz's Instagram page is lit right now after he shared photos of himself in the studio with South African singers - Faith Kekana, Mandisa Dlanga & Stella Khumalo. 



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