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A Prominent Critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame Has Been Charged With Insurrection

Diane Rwigara, along with members of her family, has been charged with insurrection. This is yet another example of silencing dissent in Rwanda.

It seems that in Rwanda, one can't question the government without getting silenced. For prominent critic Diane Rwigara, she now faces serious charges for calling out injustice.


Rwandan prosecutors charged Rwigara, who's been critical of President Paul Kagame, with forgery and inciting insurrection against the state, News24 reports. If convicted of insurrection, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Rwigara and some of her family members have been in jail since September 23—her mother and sister have also been charged. She also attempted to run against Kagame back in August, but was disqualified on grounds that "she lacked enough supporting signatures and had forged some."

She claims that the charges against her are politically motivated after she spoke out against Kagame's human rights record in the days leading up to her arrest.

“This is all linked to my political activities," Rwigara said to Human Rights Watch on September 13. “They would not let me campaign freely, and now they are after me and my family."

This isn't the only time the Rwandan government has tried to destroy Rwigara's name in light of her criticism. According to Human Rights Watch, nude photos of her were leaked on social media 72 hours after she announced her bid to run for president in May.

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Bobi Wine Calls Out Kanye West for 'Immoral' Meeting With Museveni

The Ugandan activist believes Kanye West should have "used his voice for the good of people in Africa."

Ugnadan musician, lawmaker and activist Bobi Wine has spoken out against Kanye West's recent meeting with President Yoweri Museveni, calling it "immoral," reports The Guardian.

Wine was referring to West's Monday meeting with Museveni in which he and his wife Kim Kardashian gifted the leader a pair of white Yeezy Boost sneakers. Kanye, who is currently in Uganda recording his forthcoming album Yhandi, decided to meet with Museveni despite his recent attacks on Wine and his rampant crackdown on the opposition.

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Immaculate Taste's New Editorial Campaign Is Inspired by Soccer Nostalgia

Immaculate Taste's Alec Lomami speaks on the jersey collaboration with Durham brand Runaway and the hub's new creative agency.

Immaculate Taste, a North Carolina-based record label and management company comprised of Congolese creatives Alec Lomami, Shako Oteka and Mike Tambashe, have announced the creative agency arm of their hub by dropping an editorial highlighting their new, retro-fit soccer jersey.

In collaboration with Durham brand Runaway, Immaculate Taste tapped into their nostalgic love for soccer when conceptualizing the jersey.

"Growing up in Congo and later in Cote d'Ivoire, soccer was our first sport we as a family fell in love with," Lomami tells OkayAfrica via email. "We used to collect soccer cards and jerseys—dreaming to one day play professionally. When the decision came down to figuring out our first campaign, it only made sense to go with a soccer jersey. One day we hope to redesign the Congolese soccer jersey, so who knows, this jersey could be our proof of concept."

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