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Cyclone Kenneth Has Made Landfall: It is the strongest storm to ever hit Mozambique

Videos being shared on social media show just how violent the winds battering northern parts of Mozambique really are.

Yesterday, Cyclone Kenneth made impact with land in the northern parts of Mozambique. Cyclone Kenneth is the first tropical cyclone to reach category 4 hurricane status in the last 60 years. The cyclone follows the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Idai a little over a month ago. Over 30 000 people were evacuated in the areas most likely to be hit and no deaths have been reported as yet.


Forecasters predict that Cyclone Kenneth will be slow-moving and that double the amount of rainfall, that flooded the southern city of Beira during Cyclone Idai, is expected in Cabo Delgado. Alarmingly, waves on the north-eastern shores of Mozambique are also expected to be higher by as much as 5 meters (16 feet). Three people were killed after the cyclone hit the island of Comoros.

According to AccuWeather, Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique's country director said:

"At least 700,000 people are at risk within the region of Cabo Delgado. Aside from storm damage, the greatest risk will immediately be from flooding due to heavy rains. Rivers within this region of Mozambique may flood, especially as at least one of the dams is already close to full capacity, preventing flood water from being retained. This will make it almost impossible to distribute aid as roads will become impassable."

Mozambique is still slowly recovering from Cyclone Idai which killed at least 1000 people and left thousands more displaced. Revisit how you can help here.

There are numerous images and videos showing the large scale of destruction that's occurred thus far in parts


Tanzanians were also advised to move to higher ground as the cyclone was anticipated to hit the southern parts of the country. However, according to the regional commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa, the path of the cyclone has changed and will no longer cause a disaster. In spite of this, schools and businesses remain closed.

READ: South African Celebrities are Donating Their Money to Help Flood Victims

Here is more of what people have been saying on social media about the cyclone:




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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simmy, Made Kuti, Shane Eagle, Emel Mathlouthi, Amaarae and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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South Africa Makes Strides and Passes Same-Sex Marriage Law

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has recently passed the Civil Union Amendment Bill which seeks to protect the rights of same-sex marriage.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly passed into law the Civil Union Amendment Bill which will prevent officiating officers from refusing to conduct same-sex marriages. President Ramaphosa officially passed the bill earlier today. This news comes as a welcome celebration for same-sex couples who have previously experienced difficulties with officially getting married before the state.

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AKA Calls Out African Union on Response to Violence Towards #EndSARS Protesters

South African rapper AKA has labeled the African Union a 'joke' for their lack of appropriate leadership in response to the violence towards Nigerian #EndSARS protesters at the hands of the Nigerian military.