A Week In Color 17

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

 


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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges  including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.

  • The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.

As a government, we are fully open to investigations to ensure that this matter is dealt with,” he said.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning; April 2nd by the EACC.

  • The governor is said to have failed to disclose his interest in Oryx Service Station.

Noordin Haji the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) & who gave the approval for the governor’s arrest Monday night, said in a statement the following Tuesday morning

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,”

  • Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million ~834243.72USD from the Samburu County Government.
  • According to Haji the money was shared between the governor & his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

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Chicago elects first black woman major! Lori Lightfoot.

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On Tuesday; April 2nd Lori Lightfoot made history as the 1st openly LGBTQ & black woman Mayor of Chicago.

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56-year-old Lightfoot’s victory was by a landslide! The nation’s third-largest city celebrated this as a win for diversity & progress.

  • Lori Lightfoot has never before held an elected office.
  • Lori Lightfoot is a lawyer & former federal prosecutor.
  • Lori Lightfoot has promised to cut back on Charter schools in Chicago & shake up the police department.

However, some Chicago activists feel although representation matters, Lightfoot simply was opportunistic. Toting her sexuality while having a far from progressive record as a corporate lawyer & federal prosecutor.

Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.

#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”

Sigh!

Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?

Read the story of Albert N. Wilson down below. & sign the petition if you feel moved to do so.

Rest in power to Nipsey Hussle.

Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.

Congress member Karen Bass is also doing her part in making sure his rich legacy is never forgotten.

Rest in Power to yet another black man lost in the hands of police brutality; activist & Atlanta-native Oscar Cain.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!

Open for bussiness on May 3rd!

Located at 167 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Just remember #WhoToldYou


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologies on behalf of his country for kidnapping mixed race babies, separating them from their mothers in the 1940s & 50s

  • During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
  • The men often denied fathering the children. 
  • About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
  • Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality. 

Huh?!

Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?

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We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right? 

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Some people do. 


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Mozambique is struggling to find its bearings after cyclone Idai hit.

As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi. 

Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.

More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.

Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.

Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.

Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city. 

  • Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties. 

We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government

“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.

“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai

“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.

“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.” 


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Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).

Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish  who the true criminals are.

SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.

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Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.

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Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?

However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.

Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !

So much so that Nothern Nigerian women coined their own hashtag to express their encounters with sexual assualt called #ArewaMeToo.

Listen to this passionate nothern lady give her opinion on the Zamfara state governor. Nigerians are fed up.

On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.

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& on a lighter note:


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Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.

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President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.

The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage. 

The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 & 500,000 Tutsi women were raped

Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.

“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.

Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.

“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.

Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a panel of experts to “investigate” France’s actions during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda & France have had a strained relationship since the genocide in 1994. 


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A sense of normalcy seems to slowly be restoring in the Johannesburg Alexandra Township after Wednesday’s large-scale protests against the government. 

On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services. 

  • Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants. 
  • Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate. 

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Macky Sall commenced this 2nd term as President of Senegal on Tuesday; April 4th. As reported in Color 14 the incumbent President had won 58.27% of the populations votes securing his position for a re-election. 

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Nigerian President Buhari &  President Macky Sall

Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.

He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments. 

We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?

President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”. 

  • He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though. 
  • He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.

As reported in Color 13; 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.

Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated. 


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The Ethiopian government has released its preliminary reports for last month’s fatal crash that claimed the lives of 157 passengers & crew.

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Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed. 

  • This issue reportedly may have caused the accident. 

The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight went down 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

  • There have been 2 fatal crashes in 5 months involving this particular model; Boeing 737 max. 
  • Families of the victims in the accidents want justice; a US court trial as Boeing is an American company. 
  • All Boeing 737 max have been grounded pending review into the flightware system. 

Investigators in Ethiopia say a full report on what exactly happened could take up to a year. 


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On Friday morning, the Ugandan police besieged the catholic church where main opposition leader & 4-time Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was set to hold his consultation meeting

Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.

“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said. 

  • Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.

While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party–  during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)

 

For a leader to say that a vote can never oust Museveni without offering another option, it is disappointing. We continue to call upon Ugandans like we have always said, what we politicians can not solve, the people of Uganda can solve, they should go ahead and register as voters and be many  Wine said. 


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African countries as a whole; using Zimbabwe as an example, decolonize your mind!

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported the country’s Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 ($2,428) per wig. Totaling; £118,400 ($155,000).

Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean. 

Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:

“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”

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Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent. 

Hmm.


A Week In Color 16

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


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Nigeria’s elections ended weeks ago however the results have left Nigerians wondering  if they are truly part of a democratic country.

Over half of the newly elected members of parliament lack any previous legislative experience making Nigerians question their performance ability.

Meanwhile, abuse of power in the society seems to be prevelant at all levels of authority.

Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the highest producer of rice in Africa! 

Nigeria is now producing 8 million tonnes of Africa’s average of 14.6 million tonnes of rice annually.



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President Ali Bongo Ondimba should be back in Gabon!

The President was scheduled to return to Gabon on Saturday; March 23. President Ali Bongo has been recuperating in Morocco, recovering from a stroke he had suffered 5 months ago.

As we reported previously; President Bongo, 60, was hospitalized on October 24 -last year- in Saudi Arabia, while in attendance for a summit. Initial reports said the President was admitted due to “exhaustion”. However, it came out President Bongo had suffered a stroke. 

Due to his prolonged absence from Gabon there was concern about a vacuum of power which sparked a failed coup attempt on January 7.

In late February President Ali Bongo led a closed cabinet meeting during which he dismissed several of his close aides & announced a number of appointments. 

The President has been home twice since his illness. Each time he spent less than 48 hours in Gabon. 

The Gabonese government insists the President is in good shape. 


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Agnes Taylor, the former first lady of infamous Liberian President; Charles Taylor, is expected in UK court for torture charges. 

The ex-wife of the former President has maintained her innocence & denied all the charges. 

Agnes Taylor is accused of a string of torture offences & human rights violations dating back to Liberia’s civil war almost 20 years ago. 


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Minister Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla was killed on the ground floor of his office by armed Al-Shabab gunmen

A showdown occurred in the country’s capital of Mogadishu.

  • Abdalla was the deputy labour minister. 
  • The gunmen stormed the Somali ministries of labour & works after detonating a car bomb at the gates of the building. 
  • 15 other people were left dead in the ordeal. 
  • According to Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulance Service, 11 people were injured.

Al-Shabab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 & has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.


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Cyclone Idai continues to wreak havoc eight days after it tore through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi

The Mozambique government recorded a death toll if 417 people & an unidentified number missing. 256 was recorded in neighbouring Zimbabwe & 56 in Malawi. 

Henrietta Fore, the chief of United Nations’ children’s agency (UNICEF), told AFP news agency in Beira that stagnant water & decomposing bodies, as well as lack of hygiene & sanitation concerns, have created a high risk for outbreaks of malaria and cholera.

“We are running out of time, it is at a critical point here,”\

4 cases of typhoid were reported in the small provincial district of Dombe, some 280km west of Beira on Saturday. Further fueling fears that the disease could spread across the flood-prone area. 

  • The 4 are already receiving treatment.

UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) declared the flood crisis a level-three emergency, putting it on a par with Yemen, Syria & South Sudan.

Some were wounded. Some were bleeding,” said Julia Castigo, a Beira resident who watched the homeless & injured slowly make their way from the devastated inlands of Mozambique to Beira. “Some had feet white like flour for being in the water for so long.”

Aid workers report that children have been separated from their parents or orphaned in the chaos. More than 65,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique & other sites are being opened.

The government says it needs support for months to come & everyone would depend on it to survive

Our thoughts & prayers are truly with all the lives lost & families displaced due to this natural tragedy. 


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State Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Uganda narrowly escaped an assassination attempt today. Sunday; 2:40pm (GMT/UTC +3H).

Initial reports said Minister Ida Nantaba was shot at in her car by the alleged assassins who were riding on a motorbike.

However, upon further information it was confirmed that the Minister had contacted the police earlier, when she observed people trailing her on their motorbike, on her journey from Kayunga to Kampala; the country’s capital.

The police immediately responded to the alarm she raised by deploying about 999 patrols to the all routes surrounding the Minister. 

  • The shots fired around 2:40pm -near Naggalama- were between the police & the alleged assassins. An eye-witness told SoftPower.Ug the suspects opened fire at a Police Patrol car when they tried to initially retreat which prompted the officers to follow them.
  • The police shot back in defense, killing one gunman, while the other dashed off on foot, abandoning the motorbike.
  • Security is heavily deployed in Naggalama currently making extra effort to locate the second gunman’s whereabouts.

Suzuki Registration Number : UDL 822 A & a National Identity Card with the name Ssebulime Ronald was recovered on the dead suspect. 

The Police is yet to release an official statement. However, Minister Ida Nantaba confirmed to SoftPower. Ug that “It is true, I’m currently at Naggalama Police station recording a statement.”


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Weeks after advising Rwandese people from crossing over to Uganda, Rwanda adds Burundi to the list

Rwanda has restricted its citizens from travelling to Burundi. Rwanda recently closed its boarders with Uganda stranding over 100 Ugandan cargo trucks at the Katuna border.

  • A number of Rwandese people have been deported from Uganda for allegedly engaging in espionage operations. Rene Rutagungira is to face the General Court Martial in Uganda for kidnapping & illegally repatriating back to Rwanda Lt. Mutabazi. Lt. Mutabazi was the former bodyguard of President Kagame who had sought refugee in Uganda. Rene is also suspected to have partaken in the murder of Uganda prosecutor; Joan Kagezi. 

On March 20th, Wednesday, Senior military officer -& commander of the Rwandan Eastern Part- General Mubalaka Muganga; ordered residents of areas bordering Burundi not to cross the border into the neighbouring country. Burundi neighbours Rwanda on the South. 

General Mubalaka Muganga announced on Wednesday that Burundi has become hostile towards Rwanda therefore, moving there would be putting their lives at risk. 

No way to get to the other side. Even in case of marriage, look for partners here at home because, on the other side, the ground is slippery” 

General Muganga also warned Rwandans to stay away from the natural forest of Gako which extends to Burundi. 

“We warn you. Forget any reason you want to go to this natural forest, whether it’s fetching firewood, grazing or whatever. Going there may be considered as an act of rebellion or being shot. As military commander, I warn you! Whoever is caught will not have the chance to tell others, we will not even present him or her to the police, rather we will immobilise him or her here”

This rhetoric is harsh & could probably be the seed to many more relational problems between the two neighbouring countries.

However, to be fair, Burundi did openly declare Rwanda as an enemy state. This was after the Bujumbura administration accused Kigali of a 2015 failed coup attempt against Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza. 

Rwanda has also accused Burundi of cross-boarder attacks in Nyabitama. 

Wow! What a border

& a mess. 


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3 Burundi schoolgirls face actual jail time for drawing on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s photo.

No.

Although it sounds like it, we aren’t speaking on North Korea.

  • The 3 schoolgirls spent the weekend in jail & were charged Monday -March 18th- for “insulting the head of state” according to Human Rights Watch Group.
  • The girls could spend up to 5 years in prison.

Lewis Mudge, the Central Africa Director at Human Rights Watch told CNN;

It’s ridiculous that we’re at a point where we even have to

School children in Burundi have been previously jailed for similar offenses.

According to Human Rights Watch in 2016, agents of the National Intelligence Service of Burundi arrested eight secondary school students for allegedly insulting Nkurunziza by writing phrases like “Get out” or “No to the 3rd term” on a picture of the President in a textbook.

S.O.S


Support the Artist: Marjory Yeko Jewitt

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Meet Marjory Jewitt 

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According to Marjory, she has always had a knack for creativity. An Arts & Psychology major in college, she fell full on into the arts by simply; doodling in her spare time.

I have always been creative, or rather always had an eye for textures, color. During my degree I just started doodling & the doodles turned into these pieces I now do!”

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Marjory stands out to us because although, this “afrocentric” style of drawing has become increasingly mainstream, she stays authentic & true to herself by studying directly from the sources of her inspiration.

Marjory is from Uganda –but based in London– she’s heavily influenced by her culture & it is expressed in her art. She also uses her culture as fuel to continue to learn & evolve in her creative style.

Yeko. Creative was born from Marjory’s bravery to explore her passion.

A lot of her pieces are in black & white;

Although she does add minimal color to projects.

The real awe & beauty is in the intricacy in each stroke of her lines.

Yeko Art is uplifting to the soul through the eyes. Any observer can see it’s intention of celebrating black women & black art.

I create as a form of self care, it is hugely carthartic to me. I don’t really plan when I draw, just sit and create.. what ever comes, comes.

& she pretty much utilizes any material as a canvas, panels, including the human body;

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Yeko Art was invited to do just that; use the human body for a canvas, at the provocatively named Nyegenyege Fest.

Hosted by MTN, Nyegenyege Fest is considered the biggest international  music festival in Eastern Africa. The 4-day long camping festival located in Junga, Uganda is a one of a kind curation known for its unique afropolitan party vibe.

To support Yeko Art & Marjory Jewitt, you can purchase some cool merch.

What’s even better?

If there’s a specific piece of art you want on an item she could possibly make it happen.

She can also commission your tattoo art;

How cool is that?

Marjory Jewitt documents her journey in art on @yeko.creative ‘s instagram account.

In the highlights you can watch her verstility as an artist & have a peek into her creative process.

Support Yeko Art.

remember,

WE TOLD YOU

Sure, you’re mainstream but we want you in the know!

Support the Artist: Ms. Banks

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Meet Ms. Banks

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This 24-year old Southeast London bombshell has paid her dues in the game so give her some flowers! She’s even featured on a motion picture soundtrack.
Ms. Banks has been dropping singles on Soundcloud for years now.

However, if the recent drop of this undeniable banger ! Snack – Ms. Banks Ft. Kida Kudz doesn’t earn her her shine?

Electric chair!

We are gonna go ahead & say colorism is in play here

…which,

when is it never?

But we disgress.
Ms. Banks said she wrote her first bar at age 11; her South East London up-bringing made her “a tough cookie” , even when she’s expressing vunerability on a track the message is always delivered with a little edge. Possibly due to her learnt defense mechanisms growing up.
Day Ones – Ms. Banks was when she felt the audience started to take her seriously & recognize her as an artist.

You can see & hear Ms. Banks‘ growth in her music & visuals.

She seems more comfortable in her skin & with her talent. She does have interviews expressing these views also.

Below is Clap – Ms Banks, from her latest 2018 mixtape; The Coldest Winter Ever. Ms. Banks can belt a melody & bust some bars. Don’t get her confused.

She’s versatile! & just how we like our artists; talented.

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With lyrics like; “Ride in rotation, I’m never waiting, I be percolating. I’m talking money to these bitches I’m the conversation” she is always on brand for her message to young girls to; “know they can be whoever they want to be. Oh & also be rich – Ms. Banks”.
Chat 2 Mi Gyal – Ms. Banks may be our personal favorite. Ms. Banks rocks the mic to an unorthodox beat fit for the ballroom scene. Her word play on this song –in particular– produces a pleasing eargasm for the lucky listener.

& did we mention Ms. Banks is of Nigerian & Ugandan descent? A disapora baby !

All my haters catching feelings/wanna get rid of me/Give you a E *pause* for effort
/you ain’t stopping me G” Bars.
Ms. Banks said for her mixtape; The Coldest Winter Ever she had to really dig deep, getting raw with her fans about growing through heartbreak & still overcoming.

From what we’ve heard, Ms. Banks is here to stay.

However, if you’re still not convinced listen to her bust this quick freestyle on BBC Radio’s 1Xtra down below;

Now, just remember; WhoToldYou.
Ms. Banks is currently on tour with the long reigning queen of rap.

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DEM DEAD!!! #NickiWrldTour 🦄🦄🦄

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Now how’s that for a co-sign?

remember,

WE TOLD YOU

Sure, you’re mainstream but we want you in the know!

A Week In Color 12

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flag_of_haiti.svgHaiti

Violent protest ensued through out Haiti this past week.

The protests began on February 7th, with civilians & government officials alike demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Some Haitians believe he is responsible for what they consider worsening & deplorable socioeconomic conditions.
Everything is more expensive now, the country is on lockdown, you can’t go uptown or downtown to buy anything,” Frederique Gamaniel, a market vendor, told Al Jazeera.
“There’s nothing more for Jovenel to do in the country except for resigning to avoid a blood bath,” lawyer Nathanael Lerine told VOA Creole.
There is no place for Jovenel in the country anymore. All he does is lie. We need electricity 24/7. We need food on our tables instead of a leader who is lining his own pockets with cash. Inflation is rising— we’ve reached 100 Haitian Gourdes to the American dollar. Jovel has to go!”

The “Lock Down” protests is the latest uprising against President Moïse’s government. It is due to the people’s discontent with the corrupt government & anxieties over the state of the economy. Also, high inflation rates, leading to higher prices & people struggling to afford bare necessities.
On Thursday; February 14th, the U.S Embassy in Port-au-Prince released a security alert expressing the Department of State had ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S personnel & their family members.

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"Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince (February 14, 2019): There are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti. Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens due to reduced staffing and security concerns. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods. The Embassy prohibits its personnel from: Visiting establishments after dark without secure, on-site parking; Using any kind of public transportation or taxis; Visiting banks and using ATMs; Driving outside of Port-au-Prince at night; Traveling anywhere between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.; and Visiting certain parts of the city at any time without prior approval and special security measures in place"

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However, considering all the commotion, President Jovenel Moïse didn’t seem too perturbed by any of this.
On the same day; February 14th, he finally saw it fit to address the dissatisfied –to say the least– people of Haiti for the 1st time in 7 days of uproar & protest.
His tone was far from placating.

“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said.
The demonstrators are asking for transparency in particular pertaining to the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement.

  • The PetroCaribe agreement is an alliance between Caribbean countries & Venezuela.
  • There is an estimated $3.8bn missing from the provided funds.
  • According to the World Bank; this agreement’s preferential terms for energy purchases were meant to help free up funds to aid development in Haiti, a country hammered by natural disasters.
  • The demonstrators gathered under the slogan: “Kot kob PetroKaribe a?“, direct meaning “where is the Petrocaribe money“.

Some presume the Haitian President’s confidence stems from his support of the U.S on the issue in Venezuela. This would guarantee U.S support from opposition groups.
John Bolton, U.S National Security Advisor tweets below;

President Moïse may also be trying to strong-arm his people.
On saturday; February 16th, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced that government officials may lose their perks due to the continued protests.
Futhermore, civilians accused the wealthy & elite of conspiring with the U.S Embassy in administering a collective punishment for the protests, by feigning a “Humanitarian crisis” through withholding the sale of essential goods to the people.

Haitians in diaspora hit the streets of Miami in solidarity with their kinsfolk.

A wave of normalcy seems to have hit Port-au-Prince; the capital, as of yesterday with public transportation back up & running.

However, protestors promised to return to the streets to continue to pressure President Moïse for his letter of resignation. There were reports that a protester set fire to a U.S. flag on Friday, in an expression of anger toward American policies seen as propping up the president & keeping him from resigning.

  • The “Operation Lock Down” protest lasted 10 days.
  • A lot of property was destroyed with a recorded death toll of 7 people.

Meanwhile;

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8 people have been recused from the initial 24 feared dead from 2 water flooded idle shafts in a mining town just 145km south-west of the capital, Harare this past Thursday.
District administrator Fortunate Muzulu was quoted saying the chances of rescuing any survivors are very slim“.
The illegal miners entered the shafts at night to evade the owners,” Muzulu said.
The mine shaft was flooded by water from a dam with bursted walls due to heavy rain fall.
Dozens of miners still remain missing or feared dead. On saturday, recuse workers retrieved 24 more bodies out from the shafts.
The government released a statement on Friday saying about 60 to 70 artisanal miners were stuck in the flooded shafts.


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They are at it again. Recent headlines on bigger news platforms have been crediting wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas as the 1st person to capture a black leopard on camera, in Africa, in 100 years.This is in fact a lie.
Letoluai Ambose a young Samburu warrior & research assistant with Sandiego Zoo Global, previously captured images of the black leopard as far back as January 2018.
Will Burrard captured quality images but the media should not state that he found the leopard. He was only here for three days,” Letoluai mused.
A curious case of Mungo Park syndrome?
It’s a good thing 24-year-old Letoluai doesn’t sweat the small stuff; he didn’t seem as keen as Will Burrard was to get all the recognition.
Were it not for that elder, the local rangers, the landowner and the involvement of scientists from Sandiego Zoo Global, we would not have made this discovery. Everyone had a role and no one person can claim credit,” said Letoluai.


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Nigeria postpones her elections a night before it was scheduled to take place.
As mentioned in Color 11 Nigeria was set to carry out elections on Saturday; February 16th.
Some Nigerians already expressed their concerns with the current adminstration & their lack of capability to honestly conduct a free & fair election.

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Nobody will unseat me – Buhari

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The Presidential & parliamentary elections were postponed by a week, 5 hours before the scheduled time.

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INEC Postpones General Elections

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  • The election is now set for February 23 due to “logistical” problems, according to the electoral commission.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has had 4 years to plan & set up this election.
  • Nigerian youth corpers previously appointed to work on election day, -prior to the postponement- spent the previous night outside in extremely unfavorable & inhumane conditions.

Nigerians are outraged with some demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Yakubu; the INEC chairman.
Many feel taken advantage of, fearing this postponement would lead to a lower turnout for the next scheduled date then in turn favoring the President’s party; APC.

They could have a point.
Considering Okezie Victor Ikpeazu; the current Governor of Abia State’s aid was seen with already filled in Presidential election results sheets.
Here’s the underlining issue; the Presidential elections were postponed. It is yet to take place.

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Breaking: Governor Ikpeazu’s Aid Caught With Already Prepared Presidential and National Assembly Election Result In favour of PDP… A man who identified himself as Gaius was on Friday caught with INEC sensitive documents and result sheets that gave PDP victory ahead of Saturdays presidential and national assembly polls. Mr. Gaius who was apprehended in Umuahia by the police, during interrogation identified his boss as Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu Special Assistant to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on youth and the focal person on N-Power in Abia state. The middle aged man who was caught with various INEC sensitive materials including already prepared result sheets and Governor Ikpeazu’s letter heads admitted that the documents belongs to his boss Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu and that he is only on an errand for his boss and the PDP, he further admitted that the governor was in the know of his mission, asked if he knew the implication of what he has done, he affirmed, but said if he does not carry out the assignment of delivering the documents especially the result sheets to the INEC that his boss will be mad at him and will stop him from further enjoying the federal government N-Power grants that he has been getting, he is at the moment being interrogated at the DSS office Umuahia where he is helping the DSS with more information on those behind the move to manipulate and rig Saturdays election in Abia state. Follow Link To Watch Video: https://web.facebook.com/abiafactsnews/videos/547704665714493/

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Governor Ikpeazu is a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


A Week In Color 11

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Africa’s most populous country ~200M people, is to hold presidential elections on the 16th of this month (February).

There are over 70 candidates participating in the race.

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However, the main contenders are; candidate 76 –Nigeria’s current President-Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC), & Candidate 72; Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

If you listen to the Nigerian youth- so one would think, the country’s future-, it’s clear that even they’re fed up of the current administration’s piss poor management of the country.

President Buhari ran –& won– his first campaign on an anti-corruption high-horse. The actions of many of the President’s party members have directly contradicted this.

Nigerian’s don’t seem super keen on either of the biggest contenders.

Finding themselves where they usually are; having to pick the “lesser evil”. 4 in every 10 Nigerian is either underemployed or unemployed & this comprises mainly the youth.

Allegations of voter suppression –with video evidence– have also been brought up against the current administration.

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Many informed & involved citizens are questioning the Nigerian government’s tactics of soliciting votes from super poor masses. A predicament the incompetent government has a hand in, in the first place. 

Nigerians are skeptical  of a true free & fair election. Neither are they naive with their expectations of the “opposition” Atiku Abubakar of PDP.

Here’s a video of Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai; the Governor of Kaduna State addressing hypothetical foreigners, who choose intervene in Nigerian politics.

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& now, a short lecture on CONSENT.

It is 2019. All men & women should be keyed in on the concept of CONSENT. A verbal YES is consent.

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Chima George & Segun Razak –also known as– Deejay Ricco were arrested for drugging & raping a 23 year-old lady –name withheld– in DeLankaster Hotel.

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Chima George is the son of an elite businessman who owns DeLankaster Hotel & Segun Razak has made a name for himself as a Disc Jockey. Naturally, this case took social media by a storm.

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The boys were caught because of their audacity to actually record their heinous act on camera. This was later used as evidence against them. 

Many feared the boys would leverage their privilege finagling themselves out of the corrupt Nigerian legal system. Different stories circulated including some alleging the Nigerian police tampered with evidence.

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Popular Nigerian blogger “Lindaikeji” initially covered the story. However, due to some unknown & moneymysterious reason had it taken off of her website. This was extremely usual as the blogger barely ever rescinds stories, making Nigerians come up with some of their own plausible stories.

A recent statement released by the Department of State Security (DSS) alleges that the boys are still in police custody, but some Nigerian women decided to add some icing on the cake, leaving horrible reviews on his dad’s hotel.


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Godfrey Kiwanda; the Minister of Tourism, has the less than bright idea to use “curvy women” as a tourism “product” in Uganda.

In a conference in Kampala Mr. Kiwanda explained his thought process, saying a beauty pageant “Miss Curvy Uganda” has been launched on the hunt for sexy curvaceous women. The lucky? Finalists are to be announced in June.

We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t img_5648we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?”

Mr. Godfrey Kiwanda

  • Ugandan women are outraged! Calling for the resignation of the Minster, including a public apology for his recklessness.
  • Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi –entreprenuer & activist– launched an online petition to stop the campaign.

Women in Uganda have been attacked while on the streets. What happens now that the government is confirming a stereotype that women are sexual objects and can be touched regardless and more so made a product of tourism,” she said.

Ugandans have also taken to social media in order to protest the arrest of Kenyan Journalist; Kassim Mohammed & Vivian Mohammed; his wife.

  • The pair were kidnapped *coughs* arrested in Uganda’s capital; Kampala.
  • 2 other journalist were taken with them.
  • The journalists were said to be developing a story in the dictatorial land of Uganda.
  • They are currently being held in a central police station in Kampala, Uganda.

Justice for Kassim Mohammed & all the incarcerated journalists. Journalism is not a crime.


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Speaking of other countries & presidential elections, Senegal is to hold her presidential elections on the 24th of this month!

  • One of the biggest topics of debate is the country’s currency; CFA franc.
  • CFA franc was introduced to Senegal by France in 1945.
  • Many believe it to be a legacy of colonizers & colonization.
  • 14 West African countries currently use CFA franc was their legal tender.

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Black history month is an annual observance every February in the United States. It is aimed at remembering the fierce & relentless negro heros who made strides in civil-so really, human-rights, as well as the documented history of the African diaspora. 

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Thank you, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson! He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.

In 1926 he proposed the second week of February be “Negro History Week”. Also known as the father of black history, Dr. Woodson’s “Negro History Week” became a precursor to Black History Month as we know it.

Black History Month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada & the Republic of Ireland.

If change is to come we have to do the work. 

Speaking of Black Excellence during black history month,

let’s all commend Candice Payne!

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Candice Payne paid for hotel rooms for 100 homeless people in Chicago. After listening to her local news & hearing the weather forecast in her area; below freezing point! Candice knew she had to do something! 

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She was turned down multiple times, by multiple hotels. Hotels whos management didn’t think homeless people sleeping in paid for rooms were “good for business”. Humanity, right?

Candice Payne didn’t let that deter her. We need more people like Candice in the world, people who see an issue & take personal action.

The Governor of Virginia; Ralph Northam was caught face first !

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Governor Ralph Northam has since been having a slew of press runs explaining an alleged picture of him in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.

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Governor Ralph Northam is quoted saying;

Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”

Can someone ask him, what happens when your doctor is a racist?

Although to Governor Northam’s credit, he did start an important conversation. One of exposing college yearbooks in America.

Did we forget to mention that the good governor is a Democrat?

Again we ask, why do Americans get stuck on the polar Democrat vs. Republican war? Especially black people?

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Speaking of hate. Self-hate to be exact. NFL players caught on camera toasting to “lightskinned” babies with their caucasian partners.

Chile…sure. Still nigger. 


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Laurent Gbagbo; former Ivorian Head of State, has been released to Belguim on conditions.

  • After being acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as reported In color 9, Belguim agreed to host him.
  • Some of the conditions includes; Gbagbo hand over his passport to Belgian officials, surveillance & that Gbagbo return to the ICC if there was a possible prosecution appeal against his acquittal.
  • A spokesperson for Belgium’s immigration service confirmed at Laurent Gbagbo had in fact been issued a visa, allowing him legally residency in Belgium for 90 days.

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As covered in a week In color 9. Sudan is still experiencing relentless protests. The Sudanese people are fed up & don’t seem to be backing down any time soon.

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The Sudanese President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir has taken a new stance with protestors, telling journalists he invited to the presidential palace;

Most of the protesters are young and there are factors that drove them to take to the streets, including inflation, which led to higher prices – and the limited job opportunities that don’t match the number of graduates,

He also reassured them all journalist arrested due to the protests would be released immediately.

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Tanzanians rejoice in reaction to the huge slashes in fuel prices.

Due to general global cuts in oil prices, the energy regulator has announced yet another price slash in the month of February.


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Last week the United States announced its move to impose sanctions on the issuance of visas to Ghana.

  • This move was a reaction to Ghanas alleged refusal to accept their citizens; “Ghanian deportees”.

Ghana responds eloquently, pointing out huge issues with human rights & demanding that the US treat human beings with dignity. Deportees or otherwise.

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6 suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Last month; a week in color 9 we spoke on the murder of Ghanian investigate journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Hussein- Suale was shot 3 times; twice in the chest & once on the neck. It was a targeted attack. Under the Tiger Eye team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale brought about the dissolution the Ghana Football Association. & a lifetime ban from FIFA was also given to Kwesi Nyantakyi –the association’s former head– including some referees, due to the various corrupt practices uncovered.

  • 6 of the suspects arrested on Thursday have been released on bail.
  • Director general of police public affairs; David Eklu says there seems to be a lack of “strong evidence for now“, stating most of the arrests were “preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion“.

Justice for Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Journalism is not a crime.


 

Okot p’Bitek (1931 – 1982)

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“What they were teaching us was irrelevant to my experiences”

He was one of the original voices in 20th-Century East African poetry. Okot p’Bitek was a poet, anthropologist & social critic. He was born in Northern Uganda; in Gulu, to a family of Luo people. Okot p’Bitek’s mother was the leader of her clan, & a gifted singer & composer. Due to her influence p’Bitek grew up knowing all the Acholi folklore (Luo/Lwo), tales, proverbs & songs by heart. At the time, Uganda was very much still under hostage in colonial rule. p’Bitek went on to attend Gulu Highschool & King College, participating in the theatre & opera.
Okot p’Bitek published his first poem “The Lost Spear”; based on Luo folktale, & with a little influence from Longfellow’s poem “Hiawatha” while still a student. In 1953, he published his first novel.
Okot p’Bitek had a strong knack for football -soccer- ; he was a member of Uganda’s national team. Through this, he was able to tour Britain for a series of games, later deciding to take some roots, in order to further his education.
He then studied Law at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth & Social Anthropology at Oxford University. In 1963 p’Bitek wrote a thesis on the traditional songs of Acohli & Largo. Recalling his experiences abroad in the preface to his 1972 book; African Religions in Western Scholarship. Okot p’Bitek states; “During the very first lecture in the Institute of Social Anthropology the teacher kept referring to Africans or non-western peoples as barbarians, savages, primitive tribes etc.”
At the age of 33, p’Bitek returned to Uganda. He became a staff member in the Department of Sociology at Makerere University College, Kampala; 2 years after he became a tutor in another.

He was later appointed director of the National Theatre & National Cultural Centre in Kampala. In 1968 p’Bitek founded the Kisumu Arts Festival in Kenya. Although p’Bitek wrote various pieces of art; satirical monologues expressing the conflicts between African & European cultures, his most notable work to date is “The Song of Lawino”; a poem composed in Luo in rhyming couplets.

It was later translated to English, in which the translator himself admitted caused the poem to lose some of it’s original flare. Albeit turned down by multiple British publishers, in 1966 it became a bestseller & in 1971 the original Luo version was published. In 2001 a new English translation was published by Taban lo Liyong “The Defense of Lawino”, it was aimed to be closer to the original Acholi poem.
Okot p’Bitek frequently wrote articles with topics varying from literary criticism, anthropology, sociology & philosophy. He attacked reactionary modes of thoughts & the uncritical acceptance of western modernization.

He was criticized by his British observers for his “Afrocentric” views & cultural nationalism. In 1962, after he criticized Milton Obote; Uganda’s newly elected Prime Minister at the time, & Okot p’Bitek was declared persona non grata in his own country, forcing him to move to Kenya. There he became a Professor at the University of Nairobi teaching sociology & literature.

After a restoration of political stability to Uganda, Okot p’Bitek returned to Makerere as a professor of creative writing. On July 19, 1982 the legendary & beloved poet passed away due to an infection in his liver. However, his teachings remain.
Fun fact: His daughter; Jane Okot p’Bitek is also a renowned famous Panafricanist poet.

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