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Hundreds of Ethiopians are Protesting Against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

The protesters have taken to the streets and are burning copies of the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner's new book.

Almost two weeks ago, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards "achieving peace and international cooperation" which included ending the border conflict with neighboring country, Eritrea. However, hundreds of Ethiopians in the Oromia region of the country as well the capital of Addis Ababa, have now taken to the streets to protest against him. According to the BBC, the protests come after prominent opposition activist and media owner Jawar Mohammed announced that the government planned to remove the security guards that were designated to him following his return from exile in the United States last year.


According to Reuters, Mohammed's house was surrounded by federal police last night following Ahmed's address in parliament earlier that day where he warned unnamed media owners against spurring civil unrest. "Those media owners who don't have Ethiopian passport are playing both ways. When there is peace you are playing here and when we are in trouble you not here." Ahmed also added that, "We tried to be patient. But if this is going to undermine the peace and existence of Ethiopia, whether you speak Amharic or Oromiffa, we will take measures. You can't play both ways."

Mohammed holds an American passport and returned to Ethiopia last year just as Ahmed had taken office. Mohammed is the founder of the independent Oromia Media and has a large following on social media platforms, all of which he has used to organize protests and promote non-violent activism.

Addis Standard reports that hundreds of Mohammed's supporters not only turned up outside his residence to show their support for him this morning, but also took to the streets to protest against Ahmed, burning several copies of his new book, Medemer, in the process. Additionally, in the Kara Qore area, a counter-protest then ensued where those against Mohammed called him a thief. Police stepped in to disperse both groups of protesters.

Neither Ahmed nor his office have issued a statement in response to the protests.

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This Official is on Trial for His Alleged Role in the Rwandan Genocide

71-year-old Fabien Neretse has been charged with 13 murders which took place between April and July of 1994.

Seventy-one-year-old Fabien Neretse, a former senior Rwandan official, appeared in a Brussels court in Belgium yesterday. He is currently on trial for his alleged involvement in 13 murders which occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to News24, this is the first time a Belgian case has explicitly charged Neretse with genocide.

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The Army Has Been Deployed in Ethiopia Amid Deadly Protests

Reports indicate that at least 67 protesters have been killed and dozens others injured in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region.

Last week, hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region took to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The protests were in response to prominent opposition activist and media owner Jawar Mohammed having announced that the government had removed the security guards assigned to him following his return from exile last year. Supporters of Mohammed showed up outside his house the following morning to show their support for him. However, they later clashed with supporters of the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner and security forces had to subsequently intervene. Army troops are reportedly now being deployed to the Oromia region to calm the unrest.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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