Popular
Phill Magakoe/Getty Images

Protesters Interrupted President Buhari's State Visit with President Ramaphosa

The protesters claimed that the 'real' Buhari died in 2017 and insisted the imposter be sent back to Nigeria.

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari is currently on a three-day state visit in South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The visit comes in the wake of xenophobic violence against African foreign nationals which saw Nigeria voluntary evacuating 600 of its citizens and returning them back home. However, during a meeting between the two heads of state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday, a group of protesters who referred to themselves as Biafran nationals, called Buhari an imposter and claimed that the "real" Buhari had died back in 2017. The protesters also called for Biafra to be restored. The police were eventually called in to disperse the protesters and three people were reportedly injured after rubber bullets were fired.


READ: Burna Boy to Donate Proceeds from Upcoming Show In South Africa to Victims of Xenophobic Violence

The Republic of Biafra was comprised of the southern states in Nigeria with a predominant population of the Igbo people back in 1967. Biafra sought to obtain independence from the rest of Nigeria which resulted in a civil war that has been documented in works of historical fiction such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. While Biafrans were ultimately defeated in the war, the Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Nnamdi Kanu, is a group that still exists today but has been labelled a terrorist organization by the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government has in the past accused Kanu of pushing propaganda that seeks to discredit Buhari. In 2018, The South African reports that the Nigerian President addressed the outlandish rumors that he was an imposter and that he had been replaced by a Sudanese man named Jubril, an alleged lookalike of the statesman.

President Buhari's talks with President Ramaphosa resulted in the two agreeing that "concrete measures" had to be taken to address the xenophobic violence in communities and prevent re-occurrences. Ramaphosa also committed to strengthening economic ties between the two countries by offering incentives to Nigerian companies wanting to do business in South Africa.

Interview
Supplied

South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

The team included Canada's Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn and Slater Jewell-Kemker, as well as Dorothee Wenner (Germany), Shengze Zhu (China/USA), Carmen Sangion (South Africa) and Lydia Zimmermann (Spain). One(Nine) premiered digitally at Canada's Female Eye Film Festival that ran from March 12to 29.

For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

ASAP Shembe’s Remix Edition of His Debut Album ‘Amarekere’ is Essential Listening

ASAP Shembe teams up with producers Daev Martian, KaeB, Buli, Ty Dilla and more for a remix edition of his debut album 'Amarekere'.