11-year-old chess champion to represent South Africa

Shortly after receiving her South African colours for chess, Amahle Zenzile from Crossroads, Cape Town has been invited to represent South Africa at the African Youth Chess Tournament to be held in Namibia.

Who is Amahle Zenzile?

Amahle Zenzile, who lives with her grandmother, started playing chess for the Crossroads Chess Club two years ago. Before long, she was one of the best players in her age group and maintained an impressive rating of 1284.

Thando Hlakula, who coaches Amahle at no charge and has guided her every step of the way, says her determination and her aptitude for chess are unmatched.

“Amahle has gone on to win a number of gold and silver medals. She has been named ‘best player’ numerous times. She is currently ranked second best player in the Western Cape, and for her age category, she is currently ranked fifth in South Africa,” says Thando.

Achievements

Amahle’s consistent hard work paid off in March this year at the SAJCC Closed, where she played against the top 30 under-12 girls from across South Africa.

With a crowdfunding campaign launched on BackaBuddy by her best friend and fellow competitor, 12-year-old Trinity Van Beeck, Amahle was able to afford the trip to Johannesburg to compete in the event.

With quiet confidence, she went on to receive her South African colours and finish fifth in her age group.

Since then, Amahle has gone on to win the Western Cape Schools Chess under-11 girls’ division, and the South African Schools Chess under-13 girls tournaments. She has also been invited to represent South Africa at The African Youth Chess Tournament in December.

“The progress she has made in a very short space of time is quite remarkable. There is no diction to convey how proud and happy I am for her and looking forward to the African Youth in Namibia,” says Thando.

BackaBuddy campaign

To cover the costs of the trip, registration and accommodation, Trinity has set up a crowdfunding campaign to appeal to South Africans to support Amahle’s chess dreams.

“My beautiful friend has a warrior spirit, and I am so proud to be her friend. She is a shining beacon of hope to other children in her community. I am inspired by her every single day, and I would love to help her on the next part of her journey. She is so deserving of this opportunity,” says Trinity.

To make a donation to Amahle’s campaign on BackaBuddy, visit https://www.backabuddy.co.za/Amahle

Written by Caryn Edwards The South African reporter

Source thsouthAfrican.com

What My White Beards Mean To Me — Falz

By Rotimi Agbana

Two times AMVCA winner, rapper, actor and comedian, Folarin Falana, aka FalzThe BadGuy, has finally revealed what his white beards mean to him.

The 27-year-old Lawyer turned musician told Showtime in a chat that he is very comfortable having white beards at a very young age because to him the beards are a symbol of wisdom. “I’m very comfortable with my white beards because it’s a symbol of wisdom”, he said.

Speaking about being the only Nigerian artiste cum actor to have won the coveted AMVCA plaque twice, he explained how passionate he is about both music-making craft and acting.

“I’m passionate about film-making as I am about music. So I’m constantly working to put more effort in that regard. It is also the work of the Almighty God. It’s not my power or might. It’s the blessing of the Almighty. I’m going to keep doing stuff on both ends.

Next year I’m planning on putting out my own feature film as well”, he said. He went further to correct the impression that he is biting more than he can chew by combining music, acting and comedy.

“I have been able to chew and swallow music, acting and comedy. So far, everything that I have been biting so nothing has fallen out of my mouth. If anything falls out of my mouth then maybe I will stop biting it. But for now am biting, chewing and swallowing very well.”

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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Lifestyle: Young And Famous Nigeria Music Star, Davido Now Into Motorsports Business

By Adetutu Adesoji

Afro Pop sensation, Davido has revealed that he is not only into the business of music as he recently disclosed his other side hustle which is Motorsports.

The ‘Assurance’ crooner took to his Instagram page to reveal his new business venture which involves sporting events with the use of motorised vehicles, whether for racing or non-racing competitions.

In the post, the singer posed with a sporting car and wrote, “We are not into music only we do Motorsports now so follow @chillingmotorsports for update 30BG lifestyle.”

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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