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Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (not seen) hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey on October 26, 2017.

Somalia Shuts Down Internet Amid Prime Minister's Vote of No Confidence

Central and Southern parts of Somalia are facing internet shutdowns shortly after the surprise ousting of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre.

According to Somali Affairs, President Abdullahi Mohammed Farmaajo has enacted the removal of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kharye after a unanimous parliamentary vote of no confidence. Power struggles allegedly caused by Khayre's ambitions to be president have bred tensions between the two parties and resulted in a cabinet split before the national elections set for February 2021. Mahdai Mohamed Guled has now replaced the former Prime Minister. The announcement of the cabinet change was quickly followed by widespread internet shutdowns across Somalia.


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Residents in Mogadishu and other towns across the country have reported an internet shutdown since early this morning. This, however, is not the first time the country has faced the problem. Back in 2017, the country went completely offline because of damage to a major undersea cable. Somalia has faced civil unrest for more than two decades and elections are held in a formal but outdated style. President Farmaajo, who was elected in 2017 after two rounds of voting, stated that he wanted a "satisfactory" election process for 2021.

Former Prime Minister Khayre previously led negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for financial aid as the country tackled a locust invasion and the novel coronavirus pandemic. Khayre's efforts led to a 50 billion dollar loan to assist the financially unstable country although it did not meet the requirements owing to outstanding debt and rampant political corruption.

Opposition party, Forum of National Parties, responded with concern to the recent ousting of the Prime Minister stating that, "The president is breeding political chaos that will be difficult to manage," as reported by Reuters. These concerns also follow allegations that President Famaarjo is attempting to extend his presidential term.

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We spoke with the Ugandan author, activist, and lawyer about his tumultuous relationship with a governing body that has no interest in maintaining law and order.

In his 33 years on Earth, Ugandan novelist, lawyer, and activist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has not known a safe and fair homeland. Born two years after current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni began his reign of terror in 1986, Rukirabashaija has spent most of his professional career trying to get people to take a real look at the dictator and his actions. The author’s first stab at an expose came in 2020, with the release of The Greedy Barbarian, a fictional recount of the highly-corrupt ruling National Resistance Party and the impossibly illegal things they got away with. The party then, under the instructions of Museveni, ordered the arrest of Rukirabashaija – and the toxic, biased tango began.

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We Spoke With African Students Stranded In Ukraine, These Are Their Stories

As Russia and Ukraine go into conflict with each other, thousands of African students have become displaced as their home embassies struggle to get them all out and to safety.

Eastern Europe is at war and the Russia and Ukraine conflict has taken center-stage in world affairs, progressing from benign, out-of-view diplomacy to open-field military attacks. Earlier this week, the world watched in shock and horror as Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an attack on the country of Ukraine. Russia invading Ukraine can be explained from many positions. And while an oversimplification of the issue can arise, it’s not inaccurate to point that Russia is going through these lengths to keep Ukraine out of NATO’s expansion agenda. Thousands of Ukrainian residents are now forced to flee their homes and leave their lives behind. On top of the stress of having to grab your life and go, is the added anxiety of being a foreigner in a country, seeking refugee amongst thousands. With little-to-no concrete communication or solutions from their respective embassies, thousands of African students are stranded in a war-torn Ukraine.

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Watch Burna Boy Close Out the Billboard Music Awards

The Nigerian star played a medley of "Last Last" and "Kilometre."

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards returned last night, Sunday May 15, broadcasting live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the big slot of the night, closing out the award ceremonies, was none-other-than the African Giant himself Burna Boy.

The Nigerian superstar, who's coming off a headline-grabbing sold out show at Madison Square Garden, jumped onstage to perform a medley of his brand new single "Last Last" (which just dropped last Friday) and the high-energy "Kilometre" backed by a full band and a drum line.

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You Can Now Watch the Documentary 'Bigger Than Africa' on Netflix

Award-winning Nigerian Director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye's first feature film is out this Friday, the 13th exclusively on the global streaming platform.

Netflix's investment in original African stories has seen a hoard of brilliant minds and their creations gain access to global audiences. The latest creative to share their narrative on the global streaming platform is award-winning Nigerian director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye and his first feature film 'Bigger Than Africa'. The film, produced by Los Angeles-based Motherland Productions is available on the streaming platform this Friday, May 13th.


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