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The Stories You Need To Know: Former Nigerian Minister Ready To Go To Jail, Kidnapped US Journalist Found Safe In The DRC, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SENEGAL–Eight people were killed when a wall collapsed at a football stadium on Sunday. All sporting events have since been suspended in the country until elections at the end of the month. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has revealed that her ministry spent more than R10 million on flowers and gifts for employees, in the 2013-14 financial year. The official opposition the Democratic Alliance is demanding answers as to why so much money was spent on gifts when it could have been used to alleviate housing backlog. Read the party's full statement here.

DRC–A US journalist kidnapped by a militia group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found safe. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke is being investigated for a series of fraud and money laundering in Nigeria, UK and the US. In a recorded conversation recovered by investigators probing the corrupt allegations, she claimed to be ready to say her part in the alleged fraud, threatening to reveal the part of alleged co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide omokore. Read the full story here.

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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