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Cameroonian Man Dies in San Diego Immigration Detention Center

Nebane Abienwi had been in ICE custody for just under two weeks before he died on October 1st.

There have been so many horror stories from the US's southern border lately and it seems to only be getting worse. Earlier this week, a Cameroonian man died in the custody of US Immigraton and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 37-years-old, Nebane Abienwi first entered the US on September 5th at the San Ysidro port of entry. Upon entry, Abienwi did not have the proper papers and was transferred to ICE detention center Otay Mesa in San Diego on September 19th. He was pronounced dead on October 1st.


The Huffington Post reports that Abienwi was underwent a spike in blood pressure that could result in a stroke–called a "hypertensive event"–during the night on September 25th. He was sent to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in the morning. Buzzfeed news reports that doctors deemed him unresponsive to questions and seemingly paralyzed on his left side, so they began treatment. He was kept at the hospital until he died on Tuesday. His cause of death is cited in the ICE news release as "brain death secondary to a basal ganglia hemorrhage." The news release also states that Abienwi's next kin and the Cameroonian Consulate General have been notified.

Buzzfeed reports that this is the first death in ICE custody in the 2020 fiscal year, which began on Tuesday. There were eight deaths total last year with the most recent occurring on September 10th, as per the LA Times.

News of the death came on the same day it was announced that the Trump administration is planning to take DNA samples of detained immigrants who arrive without documentation, as Abienwi did. The plan is controversial as opposers believe the government should not be able to procure such information from people who have not committed any crimes. Buzzfeed reports that White House officials say the DNA could be used in a database to help immigration offices discover previous criminal acts of potential immigrants. Civil liberties groups, however, feel that it is a violation of personal privacy and an overstep by the government. It is not yet certain when the collections will be formally announced, after that they will pend a 60-day public comment period.

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Tiwa Savage, Sauti Sol, 2Baba, Toofan & More to Perform at AFRIMA Music Village Festival

The star-studded event will take place ahead of the award show and includes a host of artists from across the continent.

The 6th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) celebrations, which recognize African talent from across the continent, are set to take place between November 20-23 in Lagos, Nigeria. Several events will take place ahead of the award show, including the star-studded AFRIMA Music Village Festival which will feature performances from some of the top artists in the industry.

The show's lineup has just been announced and it features over 30 acts from all regions of the continent.

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A Lesbian Woman, Who Fled Uganda for the US After a Homophobic Attack, Is Now Facing Deportation

The Trump administration does not believe she faces a threat in Uganda, despite the country recently threatening to re-introduce its "Kill the Gays" bill.

A lesbian woman who fled Uganda in the face of homophobic violence, now faces being deported from the US by the Trump administration.

According to a recent report published in Rolling Stone magazine, a Ugandan woman by the name of Margaret sought asylum in the US after being beaten and raped at a festival in Uganda known as a gathering place for the country's LGBTQ community. Following the attack, she entered the country through the US-Mexico border—a dangerous, yet increasingly common route for migrants coming from the continent.

In the Rolling Stone article, she recounts several of the hardships she faced as a lesbian woman coming of age in Uganda and as an African migrant seeking refuge in the US. "I pray that everything works out," Margaret told Rolling Stone. "Because it has been so tough. Ever since I was 13, I just wanted to be free, instead of hiding who I am. I just want to be free, that's all. And happy."

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

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The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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