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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a business forum in Seoul on August 27, 2019.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ends Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia

Internet access has returned to Ethiopia following country-wide protests sparked by the death of Oromo musician and political activist Hachula Hundessa.

According to Aljeezara, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently restored full internet access across the country following a three week shutdown. The decision to resume internet access follows the gunning down of Oromo musician Hachula Hundessa who is alleged to have led a political movement against Prime Minister Ahmed. Countrywide protests ensued shortly after news of his death. Ethopia has for years, been struggling with ethnic tensions. Mostly because Oromo people were protesting because they feel Hundessa spoke up for them.


Read: Deep Dive: Protest Movements Across the Continent

Born in Oromia, Hundessa's songs about political freedom for the Oromo people are what led to his popularity. At the age of 17, he was imprisoned for five years for his political engagement in the fight for Oromia. He was also a cattle herder and his songs of romance and political freedom connected with the hearts of the people. Hundessa was reportedly shot dead on July 10th while driving in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia but they are not politically represented in government. Internet shutdowns in Oromia come after continued protest against the contested leadership of Prime Minister Ahmed. Oromia is typically the only region that suffers internet disconnection, despite Abiy himself being Oromo. Two suspects were arrested shortly after Hundessa was shot but no charges have been made public.

Prime Minister Ahmed is well known for internet shutdowns and comes across as seemingly unapologetic stating, "As long as it is deemed necessary to save lives and prevent property damages, the internet would be shut down permanently, let alone for a short term." In the beginning of the year, Wollega province in Oromia faced a three month internet shutdown.

Additionally, Ethiopia continues to battle inter-ethnic tensions and resultant violence. There has been increasing protest action after Prime Minister Ahmed took office.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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