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Death Sentence Finally Overturned After Months of Social Media Movement #justicefornoura

The death sentence for Noura Hussein has been overturned but there is still a lot of reform needed for justice to be served.

After the global social media campaign #justicefornoura, the appeals court in Sudan has overturned the death sentence for Sudanese Teenager Noura Hussein.

In May 2018, an Islamic court gave Hussein the death sentence after she was convicted for the murder of her husband Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad who had raped her with the help of three other men. Hussein was forced to marry Hammad, who was 16 years older than her, when she was 16. On Tuesday, Hussein's legal team told CNN that her sentence had been reduced to 5 years jail term and a payment of 337, 000 Sudanese pounds ($8,400) of "blood money". The legal team said that they will also fight to appeal this jail sentence and the payment.

Hussein's case triggered the social media hashtag #justicefornoura that led to a movement demanding justice for Sudanese women. In a piece about the power of social media in the face of slow legal reform, Samira Sawlani wrote in OkayAfrica, "This in turn has opened up discussion among the Sudanese community on social media regarding an array of issues including child marriage, consent, religion and violence against women, particularly as there are those who have used the various platforms to question Noura's actions, deny the existence of marital rape and argue that it was her duty to sleep with her husband."

Hussein's case has brought attention to the legal and social reformation needed in issues of child marriage, forced marriage, and marital rape. In 2017, UNICEF reported that one third of Sudanese girls are married before they are 18.

Seif Magango, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, also called for legal reform and said that the five years' imprisonment for Hussein was a "disproportionate punishment" for acting in "self defense".

Magango responded, "While the quashing of this death sentence is hugely welcome news, it must now lead to a legal review to ensure that Noura Hussein is the last person to go through this ordeal."

The death sentence has been overturned, but the fight for justice is far from over.

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Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Naira Marley, who was also in attendance, has also turned himself in according to local reports.

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos' coronavirus lockdown order.

The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband's birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele's Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned.

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Valerie Omari Shines in Apple Music's 'New Artist Spotlight'

Apple Music honors Congolese-born and Cape Town-based musician Valerie Omari as this month's artist to look out for.

Apple Music's "New Artist Spotlight" for this month is Congolese-born and Cape Town-based singer Valerie Omari.

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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Watch Champagne69’s Music Video for ’15 Goons’

Champagne69 release a music video for their single '15 Goons.'

South African hip-hop duo Champagne69 shared a new music video for their single "15 Goons." The song was produced by NotBenjamin alongside Ezechiel (SorryZeke).

"15 Goons" is a minimalist 808 and bass-laden tune in which the duo glide with ease as they pay homage to their goons.

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