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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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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 14: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (L) punches Colby Covington in their welterweight title fight during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Usman retained his title with a fifth-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

'I’m More American Than Him,' Says Nigerian UFC Champion Kamaru Usman After Crushing MAGA-Supporting Opponent

Ahead of the match, Usman promised to make his opponent feel "the wrath of every immigrant in this country," and he delivered.

On Saturday, Nigerian-born fighter Kamaru Usman, also known as "The Nigerian Nightmare," won the the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) welterweight title after he dealt a crushing blow to his MAGA-supporting opponent Colby Covington.

Covington, an over-confident Trump devotee, went as far as to tell the president that he would deliver the champion belt to the White House in his honor. He sported the infamous red cap to press appearances and on the day of the match, and even poked fun at Usman's Nigerian heritage, asking "What has [Usman's] family ever done for America beside serve in the Federal penitentiary?" Unsurprisingly, the fighter garnered the full support of the president and his white supremacist following.

Usman, however, got both the last word and the last blow—which he delivered directly to Covington's jaw—during the UFC 245 match. Following his knockout win at the 4:10 mark of the fifth round, Usman sat down for a post-fight interview, in which he addressed Covington's bigoted behavior as well as the white nationalists in attendance who chanted "USA! USA!" as his opponent walked into the ring. Usman stated that the cheers were actually meant for him, as he was the one who displayed what it meant to be a real American:

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Skales Enlists Falz and Harmonize for New Track 'Oliver Twist II Remix'

PREMIERE: Skales drops a standout remix of his single 'Oliver Twist,' featuring production from legendary producer Teddy Riley.

Nigerian artist Skales shares a massive new remix of his single "Oliver Twist," featuring Nigerian rapper Falz and Tanzanian singer Harmonize.

The track notably features co-production from legendary R&B and hip hop producer Teddy Riley. "I had been in talks with Teddy Riley since my last trip to London," Skales tells OkayAfrica about how the collaboration with the veteran producer came to be. "We've been sharing ideas about music. So when I made Oliver Twist with the original producer, TMXO, I sent it to him to give it a listen. He did and decided to add his Midas touch to it too."

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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