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FELA! Heads to Fela's Home Country

The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Broadway musical FELA! makes history this week as the New York cast heads "home" to the land that Fela changed forever - to perform at the Kuti Family HQ in Lagos, the New Afrika Shrine, starting April 14, and later at the New Expo Centre at the Eko Hotel from April 20-25. With Nigeria’s elections just months away, this epic bio-musical may create some waves on the ground – maybe Fela’s Movement of the People will be reborn? We’ll be blogging the trip here on OKA, so stay tuned for updates on how FELA! New York mixes it up in the Lagos Inferno. Yeah yeah!

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Senegal Denies Release of Former Chadian President Hissène Habré

The Senegalese judicial government has refused to release Chad's imprisoned ex-president Hissène Habré on the alleged basis of his health concerns.

The Senegalese judiciary has refused former Chad president Hissène Habré's request to be released from prison. Habré faces life imprisonment for crimes against humanity including rape, kidnapping, slavery and executions. The decision by the Senegalese judiciary comes after the 79-year-old former statesman's lawyers reportedly filed for his release on the basis of health concerns.

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Wild Cape Town Fire Mostly Contained

A 35-year-old man has reportedly been arrested on charges of arson. This, after firefighters had been battling to put out the Cape Town fire that caused extensive damage.