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Togo Makes Historic Appointment with First Ever Woman Prime Minister

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe recently appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister.

Togo made history this past Monday after it appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister, according to the BBC. Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe appointed Dogbe, his chief-of-staff since 2009, following the resignation of Komi Selom Klassou last week Friday. President Gnassingbe was reportedly due for a cabinet reshuffle in February of this year, however, this was delayed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Togo's historic appointment follows that of Gabon which this past July, also appointed its first ever woman Prime Minister in Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. An economist by training, Ossouka Raponda has a history within the Gabonese government as she served as Budget Minister in 2012, and then went on to become Libraville's first female mayor, writes OkayAfrica's Zinhle Ngema. Additionally, Ethiopia appointed its first ever woman president in former top diplomat, Sahle-Work Zewde.

While these are important sides especially for the advancement and representation of women in positions of leadership and governance, Dogbe (as has been the case with her peers) faces a number of challenges ahead. Her appointment comes shortly after ongoing protests which saw Togolese citizens demonstrating against President Gnassingbewho sought, and recently secured, a fourth term in office. As many as 800 000 protesters took part in massive national demonstrations in 2017 where, at the time, Reuters reported that at least two people were killed and 13 others injured.

However, congratulations are nonetheless still in order for Dogbe and only time will tell how her recent appointment will affect the Togloese government structures overall and more so, the country's current political landscape.

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South Africa Set to Evict Refugees in Cape Town City

South African authorities will evict at least 1600 protesting refugees and asylum seekers after giving them the option of either repatriating or re-integrating into local communities.

The South African government is set to end the stalemate between them and refugees residing in Cape Town this Saturday. At least 1600 refugees are being housed in two temporary shelters in Paint City, Bellville and the Wingfield Military Base in Kensington. According to South African Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, the temporary shelters will be dismantled soon with those who are currently residing there having the option of either being repatriated or re-integrated into local communities.

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Review: Josiah De Disciple’s Latest Album ‘Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction’ Effortlessly Blends Amapiano With Jazz and Soul

Producer extraordinaire Josiah De Disciple reintroduces himself on his flawless sophomore album 'Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction'.

Throughout his tenure as one half of the JazziDisciples duo, alongside Mr JazziQ, Josiah De Disciple steered clear of the spotlight. Mr JazziQ's mainstream recognition after their split didn't help his cause either. Even though his name, and position, are solidified within the amapiano lexicon, Josiah De Disciple hopes to use his second solo effort to reintroduce himself to the masses, as the title suggests.

On the subject of reintroduction and pushing his image to the fore, the album's cover art features a portrait of Josiah with his thumb and index finger carefully balanced on his chin. It's a stylistic shift from the illustrations presented in his last two projects Spirits of Makoela (2020) and Umbuso Waba'mnyama (2020).

Just like its predecessor, Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction showcases the producer's broad musicality, and slightly deviates from the club-centric bangers that so often congest the genre.

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LGBT Community Dealt Major Blow as Transgender Cameroonians Imprisoned

The Cameroonian government has sentenced Shakiro and Mouthe "Patricia" Roland to five years in prison and fined them heavily for 'attempting homosexuality'.

The Cameroonian government has reportedly sentenced two transgender Cameroonians to five years in prison this past Tuesday. Shakiro (real name Njeukam Loic Midrel), a popular internet celebrity in Cameroon and her partner, Mouthe "Patricia" Roland, were charged with "attempting homosexuality and fined heavily with the possibility of added jail time should they fail to pay. The couple had already been imprisoned in the two months prior to their trial commencing at the Bonanjo Douala magistrate's court.
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