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The Leader of the #ThisFlag Movement Has Been Arrested Amid Protests in Zimbabwe

Activist Evan Mawarire has been arrested at his home following his involvement in the current Zimbabwe protests.

As the nationwide shutdown in Zimbabwe enters its third day, Pastor Evan Mawarire, leader of the 2016 #ThisFlag movement, has been arrested by police and is currently being detained. His arrest comes after his active involvement in the current anti-government protests following the announcement of crippling fuel hikes last week.


Evan Mawarire is an outspoken Zimbabwean activist whose #ThisFlag movement sparked the first ever widespread revolt against the Zanu-PF lead Zimbabwean government in 2016. He has been a constant thorn to the side of the government who have had him arrested multiple times on bogus charges only for him to be released by the courts.

After armed police allegedly spent close to two hours at Mawarire's house in Harare, he was subsequently arrested and seen leaving with the police today.

According to TimesLIVEive, Teldah Mawarire told AFP reporters that:

"Armed police surrounded his residence this morning and he has been picked up. We don't know for what purpose. I was directly in contact with him until he was taken and he could no longer be online. We are very concerned."

Since the nationwide shutdown began, five people have been shot dead and 25 others wounded in clashes with the police and the army. The government has also shutdown the country's access to social media and Internet through directives they have given to major network service providers.

READ: The Zimbabwean Government has Reportedly Shutdown the Internet

It is alleged that Mawarire has been arrested for inciting violence during the protests.

Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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Watch Samba Yonga's Kick-Ass TED Talk on an 'African Superhero Curriculum'

The co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum speaks about the importance of indigenous knowledge in creating Africa's own superheroes.

Co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum, Samba Yonga, is on a mission to reclaim Africa's history and indigenous knowledge in a way that allows Africans to centre themselves in their own narratives and become their own superheroes.

She recently spoke at TEDxLusaka about developing a "blueprint for the African superhero curriculum". It's the TED talk that you definitely need to watch this year.

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