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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow Is the First Woman To Publicly Accuse President Yahya Jammeh of Rape

Now 23, Jallow comes forward as The Gambia establishes a commission to investigate the stained legacy of the Jammeh regime.

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow is the former winner of a state-sponsored beauty pageant who has come forward to allegedly claim Gambian President Yahya Jammeh of rape, BBC reports.

Jallow was 18 years old when she first met Jammeh after winning the competition, where he soon acted like a father figure to her. After showering her with gifts, advice, money and the like, Jammeh asked for her hand in marriage. She refused.

Jammeh's aide insisted that Jallow attend a religious ceremony at the State House in her role as the beauty queen in June of 2015, BBC continues, but was instead taken to Jammeh's private residence.

"It was clear what this was going to be," she says.

Now 23, Jallow says Jammeh raped her while he was in office in 2015—and wants to meet him in court to face justice.

She is also willing to testify before The Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, which was established by current President Adama Barrow. The Commission is delving into human rights violations that are reported to have occurred during Jammeh's 22-year regime.

"I've really tried to hide the story and erase it and make sure it's not part of me," she continues. "Realistically I couldn't so I decided to speak now because it is time to tell the story and to make sure that Yayha Jammeh hears what he has done."

Watch her story below.


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Interview: Walshy Fire On Reconnecting Africa and the Caribbean through The Sound Of Rum

A conversation with the Jamaican born DJ/Producer and Bacardi Sound Of Rum curator who's worked with Mr Eazi, Vanessa Mdee, Ice Prince and Runtown.

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"If we aren't talking about growth, positivity and good energy in the opportunities that we have, then we're wasting our opportunities" Walshy Fire says. "It's about helping move the culture forward - which is what I want to do". The artist, born Leighton Paul Walsh, recently released his Afrobeats and dancehall-fusing debut solo album, ABENG, after achieving global success as one third of supergroup Major Lazer and producing standout hits such as Koffee's "Toast".

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The 20 Best South African Songs of 2019

Featuring DJ Zinhle, Tellaman, Sun-El Musician, Flame, Kabza De Small, The Big Hash, MFR Souls, Spaza, and many more

This year saw the rise of the new house music subgenre amapiano in South Africa. Artists like Kabza De Small, MFR Souls and others became household names after years of serving a niche fanbase.

While Amapiano is everywhere, it doesn't mean other genres aren't prospering in the country. From the conventional house of DJ Zinhle, the sung raps of Flame and The Big Hash, and the improvisational jazz of Spaza, among other exciting acts, South African artists ensured 2019 was yet another memorable year.

OkayAfrica contributors Mayuyuka Kaunda and Sabelo Mkhabela pick 20 songs they feel were the best this year.

Read our selections below. This list is in no particular order.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Anti-Government Protests Intensify Among Algerian Students

Thousands of Algerian students are protesting against a presidential election scheduled for December 12th.

Thousands of students in Algeria have again taken to the streets of the capital city Algiers to protest the presidential election set to take place tomorrow.

Aljazeera reports that weeks of protests have seen students, now joined by workers, demanding political reforms and a removal of the political elite from the Algerian government.

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