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#FeesMustFall2017: South African Students Demand Answers To Possible 2018 Fee Increase

A timeline of events that have occurred as South African students wait to learn if their fees will increase for the 2018 academic year.

South African students have been protesting and making demands amid anticipation for universities to announce fee increases for the 2018 academic year.

Since the end of August, President Jacob Zuma has had the final report of the Heher Commission on the feasibility of free higher education, but the report has not been released, TimesLIVE reports.


As a result, students at the University of the Free State (UFS) protested against a proposed 8 percent fee increase last Friday. Thirty-six students were arrested at the Bloemfontein campus, but were released Sunday evening.

However, seven UFS students were arrested and detained in a police van for four hours Wednesday. A member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO), two members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and four members of the university's student parliament were held.

"They put us in the van and drove to the police station and parked the car," Arthur Moyana, chairperson of SASCO, tells News24. "We have been in this car for four hours and nothing is happening. We cant even find out why they have arrested us for walking on campus."

Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Mophiring tells News24 that the students were arrested for public violence on the QwaQwa campus over the past few weeks. Before releasing the students from the van, he added that the "police had to finish the paperwork before taking the students out of the police van."

On the UFS Bloemfontein campus, about 50 students gathered outside the student center to call for free higher education. The SRC was to hand over a memorandum to the university's management Wednesday morning, but was delayed due to an executive meeting with management.

At a mass meeting Tuesday, University of Cape Town (UCT) students called for the immediate release of the Fees Commission Report and a 0 percent fee increase for the 2018 academic year, The Daily Vox reports.

Student leaders stated at the meeting that they stand in solidarity with students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and UFS. They called for a demilitarization of both campuses, The Daily Vox says.

UCT students' other demands include "a report on the expenses of security services on campus for the past two years, clearance of historical debt for 2017 and no financial barriers to registration" for the 2018 academic year. They also want the university to seriously look into suicides that have occurred in the past 2 to 5 years. The students "believe institutional realities like financial exclusion, racism and sexual violence could be linked to student suicides."

They then handed over the list of demands to UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price.

CPUT and UCT students then marched to Parliament Wednesday to demand that Zuma must release the report. He along with members of parliament were there for the release of Finance Minister Malusi Gigabo's medium term budget policy statement. They were met with police as two UCT students were arrested outside of Parliament.

Students still attempted to shut down UCT as they marched and disrupted tests and learning activities.

Stay tuned for more #FeesMustFall2017 developments. For more on why this movement is imperative for young South Africans now, read this essay by Mohau Bosiu for The Daily Vox.

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Burna Boy, 2Baba, and Teni To Receive A National Award From Nigeria's President

The three artists are among 437 shortlisted nominees to receive the national honor.

In honor of Nigeria's recent 62nd Independence Day celebration, the Nigerian government has shortlisted nominees to receive national recognition.

The awards fall under several categories, but Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has been nominated to receive the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) award, while Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba and Teniola Apata, whose stage name is Teni have been shortlisted to receive the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON). The awards are a recognition of their accomplishments in music and their service to the country in various capacities. The awards are a symbol of recognition of the value that the artists have added to the Nigerian music scene, as well as their influence on Nigerian society.

Burna Boy has taken the music world by storm, and his recent record "Last Last," from his sixth studio album Love, Damini, quadrupled his fame and further pushed Afrobeats into the global music scene. The 'African Giant' has become a fan- favorite who has underscored some of Nigeria's civic issues in his music. He also became Nigeria's first Grammy winner, an accolade that solidified his stance in the music world, but also highlighted the impact of Nigerian artists. For over 27 years, 2Baba has been a force in African music, and is one of the pioneers of Afrobeats. Beyond the music, 2Baba is also known for his humanitarianism and philanthropy. Teni got her big break after releasing hit singles "Askamaya", "Case" and "Uyo Meyo," three records that made people pay attention to her artistry. The three have made significant strides in putting Nigerian on the map and have become well respected by their peers.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu is set to honor the trio who are among 437 other nominees, with five people slated to receive the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), 54 to receive the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) and 67 to receive the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

The award show is set to take place on October 11th at Nigeria's capital of Abuja.

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Naira Marley Continues to Celebrate Nigerian Independence In "Ayewada" Video

Watch the new music video for the God's Timing's The Best standout track.


Azeez Fashola, professionally known as Naira Marley, just released a new music video for his record "Ayewada." The Rexxie-produced song is taken from his debut album, God's Timing's The Best.

Ever since he broke into the music scene, Marley has brought with him a unique representation of what Afrobeats means. The record "Ayewada" is a song that marries elements of Afrobeats with hip-hop, in a compelling synergy of what can best be described as Afrorap. The up-tempo song is catchy, with background instrumentals that reinforce the fast pace of the record. Over the years, the edgy singer has garnered a reputation for being fearlessly risqué in his artistic approach, which has gained him the cult-like following of his fans, the renowned "Marlians."

Naira Marley's sound has also become a phenomenon because of his unique ability to fuse elements of UK rap with the indigenous intonations and verbiage of the Yoruba language while tying it all together with catchy beats. His palette for music is particularly interesting because it stands out from the competition, and although Marley's sound is unique and unsaturated, he still manages to be commercially successful.

In addition to his versatile sonic sound, the 31-year-old Marlian leader also has an electrifying stage presence, as has been seen with his appearances at WizKid’s StarBoy Fest at London’s O2 Arena, Afro Nation festival in Puerto Rico and Portugal, and many more. Never been one to follow trends, Marley's unpredictability and organic sound is perhaps two of the strongest elements that make his fans gravitate towards him.

Watch the music video for "Ayewada" below.

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