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Unmarried Couples In Burundi Are Being Ordered to Wed Before the End of The Year

The Burundian government claims that the policy will help protect women and children. But many are giving them the side-eye.

The Burundian government strikes again.

Unmarried couples in the country are being required to legalize their unions through church or state institutions by the end of 2017, repots Al Jazeera.


President Pierre Nkurunziza signed the order back in May, claiming that this measure would help protect women and children, specifically when it comes to possessing the legal documents for inheritance, and promote good morals. Many doubt that the government's actions are genuine, and have pointed out that the policy infringes upon people's religious and sexual freedoms.

This isn't the firs time the government of Burundi has made an odd decision concerning the rights of its citizens. Last week, women were banned from taking part in Burundi's famous drumming ritual.

For more on the subject, check out the video below, via Al Jazeera.

African Athletes Break Barriers at 2018 Winter Olympics

They did it for the culture.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have undoubtedly been a monumental one for African athletes.

Several national teams from across the continent made their triumphant Olympic debuts, challenging years upon years of white domination at the games. These athletes hail from Eritrea, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and more.

These athletes had won the games, even before any medals were awarded, solely based on the fact that their achievements have broken ground for future athletes from the continent.

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You Need to Hear Odie's Industrial Afrobeats Sound In 'Faith'

The 21-year-old producer & singer has been channeling his Nigerian roots into next level fusions.

After jumping back into the scene with the smooth alternative R&B; track "Little Lies" a couple of weeks ago, Odie is back at it with a more up-tempo sound this time around.

"Faith" is the infectious new single off the producer-cum-singer's upcoming project, Analogue, which is due in the spring.

The Toronto-born, Bay Area-raised artist lets his Nigerian roots come alive with the song which incorporates both industrial sounds and afrobeats. The 21-year-old talent has previously stated that he is influenced by the likes of Kid Cudi, Chris Martin, and Fela Kuti. It's not hard to spot how seamlessly he is blending these varied styles in his music.

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This Zambian Filmmaker Won a BAFTA for Her Debut Film 'I Am Not a Witch"

The filmmaker say her win "was a real big shock."

"I Am Not a Witch," a Zambian film about a nine-year-old girl, played by Maggie Mulubwa, sentenced to exile at a witch camp, earned the award for Outstanding debut at the 2018 BAFTA's.

Zambian-born filmmaker, Rungano Nyoni, who moved to wales at the age of 9, expressed genuine shock over the win. "I was waiting for my category to go so I could go to the toilet," said Nyoni afterwards. "It was a real big shock."

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