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This Egyptian TV Host Was Sentenced to 3 Years In Prison For 'Promoting Single Motherhood'

Egyptian TV host, Doaa Salah, has been sentenced to three years in prison for "encouraging single mothers" on her talk show.

An Egyptian talk show host has been found guilty of "inciting infidelity and morality," and sentenced to three years in prison after being accused of "promoting single motherhood" during a segment.


In a segment of the "Dodi Show," entitled "Buy a Man," which premiered back in July, Doaa Salah, can be seen wearing a prosthetic baby bump and talking to women about ways that they can choose to have babies outside of a conventional marriage. Salah discussed a number of alternatives, including using a sperm donor, or getting married for the sole purpose of having a baby and splitting up afterwards. She also asked members in her audience if they had considered sex before marriage.

"You can chose to be a single mother before you get married," she said during her opening. She also noted that she chose to discuss the topic after viewing the film "I Buy A Man" in which a woman seeks out a sperm donor, reports The Loop.


The short sparked a public outcry, as many in the socially conservative nation, found her comments "adulterous" and "sexually immoral." In January, Hadir Makaqi, a woman married under "customary law," which is considered a non-legally binding union, was subject to online abuse after her husband abandoned her upon discovering she was pregnant. The incident caused a social media frenzy and the hashtag #ISupportHadir was created in support of the young mother.

The countries strict morality laws, also led to the arrest of 33 people accused of "inciting homosexuality" after waving rainbow flags during a concert. According to The New York Times, more than 65 people have been arrested in what is being called a crackdown against LGBT Egyptians.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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