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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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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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