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The Stories You Need to Know: Nigeria's Wealth Inequality, Ugandan Sim Cards and More

From Nigeria's billionaires to Ugandans getting their sim cards verified, here are the stories you need to know.

DIASPORA—The New York Times has come under fire for referring to Sarah Baartman, an enslaved South African woman from the 1800s who was forced to perform in freak shows due to her large buttocks as "a Kim Kardashian of another era."


The glib comparison seemed distasteful to many readers. Several took to social media to call out the publication.

NIGERIA—A new Oxfam report, highlights the tremendous wealth gap in Nigeria. The report, entitled Inequality in Nigeria, points out that the combined wealth of the country's five richest men ($29.9 bn) is enough to end poverty in the nation.

Read more on this story here.

DIASPORA—A new report by Vice, reveals that the U.S. is leading more than 100 "shadow" missions across the African continent. The deployment of American troops in Africa has increased swiftly since 2006, when only 1 percent of deployments were based in the continent, by 2016 the number jumped to 17 percent. The U.S. isn't the only country with ongoing military involvement in Africa. Yesterday, we took a look at six times France has intervened in Africa in recent years.

Read the full story, here.

UGANDA—Ugandans are expressing relief on social media, after the government decided to extend the deadline for nationwide sim card verification. The government demanded that all Ugandan's verify their sim cards using a valid form of ID in an attempt to tackle crime in the country. They initially gave citizens 7 days to confirm the validity of their sim cards, before extending the deadline to a month.

Parliament has now signed a petition to extend the deadline further, as several Ugandans reported not being able meet the requirement because they lack state-issued identification.

 

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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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