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Erykah Badu Stuns In Kenya & Zanzibar For Essence

Warwick Saint photographs Erykah Badu in Kenya and Zanzibar for Essence Magazine's inaugural Global Issue

Yesterday, Erykah Badu revealed that she'll be appearing as the cover star for Essence Magazine inaugural Global Issue. Shot by South African-born, New York-based photographer Warwick Saint, the feature sees the singer on location at Nairobi's Giraffe Manor and Zanzibar's Kizimkazi Beach. Badu, whose cover story will focus on "music, muses, and the healing power of joy," was just in New Orleans rocking Essence's own festival over the July 4th weekend.


Essence Magazine's Global Issue hits newsstands on Friday, July 10th. In case you missed it, watch Badu discover her African ancestry as part of Okayafrica TV's The Roots Of... series below.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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