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Family Confirms: Black Lives Matter Protester Oluwatoyin Salau Found Dead

The 19-year-old Nigerian-American Black Lives Matter protester was found dead in Tallahassee after being missing since June 6th.

Updated 06/15/20 at 1:15 pm

The family of Black Lives Matter protestor Oluwatoyin Salau have confirmed to the press that Salau was one of two people found dead on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida. The second body, police confirm, is that of Victoria Sims, a Tallahassee woman who was also reported missing on Saturday. Salau was a 19-year-old Nigerian activist who at recent demonstrations would read out the names of those killed by police. The two women reportedly met at the protests.


Salau was the subject of a missing's person hunt since June 6th, after she shared on social media that she had been molested by an unidentified man who had "offered to give [her] a ride" back to the church where she was staying because of "unjust living conditions".

"He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street," she tweeted. "I trusted the holy spirit to keep me safe."

Those were the last posts made by Salau.

Additionally, a social media user (@laurecapri) alleging to have been assisting Salau's mother in the search for her daughter, tweeted recently and alluded to Salau's death saying, "...Toyin is no longer with us".

A deluge of condolences and tributes have been pouring in for Salau on social media since the bodies were found. The suspect, Aaron Glee Jr, 49, has according to Police, has multiple arrests for violence against women including a charge of aggravated battery from May 29 after an officer witnessed him kicking a woman in the stomach.

"There is no justice that can be served that will replace my sister's life," her brother, Oluwaseyi Salau told the Tallahassee Democrat.



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Niger Singer Hamsou Garba Dies At 64

One of Niger's prominent musicians, Hamsou Garba, has died at the age of 64.


Hamsou Garba, the Maradi, Niger-born singer who had a successful career that spanned the course of three decades, recently died in a hospital in Niamey after battling a long-term illness. She was 64. The singer, who was called Niger's "music box", made a name for herself for her signature melodic singing in the indigenous language of Hausa. Throughout the long span of her career, the Niger legend led a band of women and men, singing in indigenous languages, making their mark on indigenous African music. The theme of her songs were primarily focused on love, religion, and social issues. As a testament to her activism, the singer was briefly jailed in 2016, after she criticized the government during a segment of her performance where she called the then-embattled opposition leader Hama Amadou "Niger's Mandela."

The singer spent 10 days in jail at the Niamey Prison in Niger. At that time, she was accused of inciting civil disobedience, and triggering unrest. During the course of her career, she also used her radio show to shine a light on the ongoing social issues in Niger's government. The tragic death of the legendary singer has been called a "national loss" by the national musician's union.

Garba's first completed album, Gargadi, was released in 2008, and it chronicled much of the themes she had become well-known and celebrated for. That album was quickly followed by Tout est possible, which she released in 2009. In 2011, she began working on two more albums, titled Les hommes de l’histoire and Aouran dollé.

Listen to one of her most recent songs "Andounia" below.

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