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Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is Currently in Prison

The former head of state is reportedly being kept in solitary confinement and under heavy guard.

After several months of protests by the Sudanese people and a military coup put an end to President Omar al-Bashir's thirty-year rule, the former head of state was reportedly moved to Khartoum's Kobar prison on Tuesday where he is being kept in solitary confinement according to the Guardian.


In what many may rightfully refer to as karma, al-Bashir is currently being detained at the same prison housing hundreds of political prisoners who were arrested during his rule. This comes after Sudanese protesters and opposition groups knows as the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change demanded that the military relinquish power to civilians in a memo they handed over to ruling Transitional Military Council.

Yesterday, al-Bashir's brothers, Abdullah Hassan al-Bashir and Alabas Hassan al-Bashir, were also arrested as the military attempts to capture what they refer to as "symbols and leaders of the previous regime".

READ: Sudan Reacts to the Ousting of Omar al-Bashir and the Announcement of a Military Takeover

However, the military has announced that it will not allow al-Bashir to be extradited for his countless crimes and will instead conduct a trial in Sudan. The former dictator has been on the International Criminal Court's (ICC) wanted list for a decade now on charges of war crimes as well as the genocide that occurred in Darfur—often referred to as the first genocide of the 21st century.

In 2017, the ICC found that South Africa had failed to arrest al-Bashir when he visited the country in 2015 for the African Union Summit. The South African government deliberately ignored a court order that had been issued by the North Gauteng High Court that prevented al-Bashir from leaving the country.


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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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