Alsarah and the Nubatones Destroy this Tiny Desk Concert

Alsarah and the Nubatones bring their East African retro-pop to NPR and create something magical in the process.

Alsarah and the Nubatones are one of our favorite groups here at Okayafrica. Their blend of retro East African sounds, live instrumentations and cool attitude are unlike any other group out there. No surprise then that their appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk video series is one of the best in recent memory.

Check out the video below then read Alsarah's Ten Things I Love About Sudan—#10 is Nuba Wrestling—and hear Alsarah discuss identity and art as part of our roundtable of new school Sudanese artists alongside Sinkane, Oddissee and Mo Kheir.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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How Beauty Boy, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Is Shattering the Expectations of Masculinity In Nigeria

Affectionately known as Lipgloss Boy, Enioluwa has become one of the most popular influencers in Nigeria — and he's done so without conforming to the notions of masculinity or imposed limitations on what a man should be able to do.