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13 times ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ put a spotlight on Africans

Last month, Trevor Noah announced that he would be parting ways with The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the show he’s hosted for the last…

Last month, Trevor Noah announced that he would be parting ways with The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the show he’s hosted for the last seven years. Noah replaced Jon Stewart in 2015. Although he was largely unknown then, the South African comedian quickly won over the hearts of many viewers with his sharp wit, satirical persona, and overall approach to disseminating news. During his time on the show, Noah also often highlighted some of Africa’s issues and gave prominent Africans a platform to discuss their work and career trajectory.

Here are some prominent Africans that have been on the show:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2018)

In her 2018 appearance on the show, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about her book and denounced the idea that feminism is about women who, “hate men and don’t shave.” Adichie and Noah also dived into the idea of feminity and suggested that feminism can portray itself in more ways than one because it is a personal journey.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (2019)

Chiwetel Ejiofor joined Trevor Noah in 2019 to talk about his directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is tells the inspirational story inspirational story of Malawian engineer William Kamkwamba. Ejiofor also discussed what inspired him to pursue the story and the importance of filming the story in Malawi.

David Oyelowo (2019)

David Oyelowo discussed the PBS miniseries Les Misérables while on the show with Noah. In a hilarious kick-off to the segment, Oyelowo explained the random yet important use of the word “forsooth” in Shakespeare-style acting. Oyelowo also gave some insight into the technicality of the Les Misérables play and the context behind many of the leading characters.

Yvonne Orji (2021)

In a high-energy interview, Yvonne Orji, who is renowned for her role on HBO’s Insecure, talked about her career trajectory and faith. Leading up to the interview, Orji has never been one to shy away from the impact of faith on her success, and in the conversation with Noah, the bubbly Nigerian opened up about the role that religion plays in guiding her.

Burna Boy (2022)

In his most recent appearance on The Daily Show, the Grammy Award-winner discussed producing his album Twice as Tall on Zoom and how the entire process came together. He also lightly discussed his business relationship with his mother and gave a few enigmatic responses to Noah when he asked him about his upcoming album — what we all now know as Love, Damini. The African Giant also discussed what it felt like to be the first Nigerian artist to sell out Madison Square Garden with his “One Night in Space” show. The interview was comedic and insightful, with Burna Boy matching Noah’s wit and penchant for pithy, humorous banter.

Davido (2022)

Earlier this year, Davido appeared on the show during his “We Rise by Lifting Others” North American tour and talked about the challenges he faced while trying to perform during the COVID-19 era. The “Blow My Mind” singer also talked about his song “Stand Strong” and how he pushed himself to write a different type of song. He also discussed his love for Nigeria and how he was pushing Nigerian culture forward while on tour in the U.S. 

Black Coffee (2019)

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee visited the Daily Show and talked about his career trajectory as a DJ and how he worked relentlessly to finally become successful. In a segment of the interview, Noah pointed out that Black Coffee used a different formula for his success, making the world pay attention. Rather than following the status quo or trying to create European dance music, the 46-year-old decided to stick with the sound of Africa, which ultimately paid off. The South African pointed out that the journey hasn’t always been busy, but with patience and a love for the art, he has been able to create a unique sound.

Lupita Nyong’o (2019)

In her 2019 conversation with Noah, Lupita Nyong’o discussed what it felt like to be a part of the Star Wars franchise and the inspiration behind her children’s book “Sulwe.” The book is about a young girl with dark skin who struggles to accept the beauty of her skin. Nyong’o described the book as a “liberal biography” that was personal to her.

Charlize Theron (2021)

While on the show, the two South Africans shared their respect for each other. Charlize Theron also discussed her foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, a South African foundation that focuses on pressing issues, including HIV/AIDS research. The actress also discussed her love for South Africa, saying, “There’s something in the soil there, there’s something in the air, there’s something in the people that you just can’t find anywhere else.”

Culled from www.okayafrica.com

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