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Young Fathers To Headline Malawi's Lake Of Stars Festival

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are set to headline the 2015 Lake Of Stars festival in Mangochi, Malawi.


Young Fathers Red Bull Corner To Corner in Soweto (Photo: Sims Phakisi)

After heading out on their first ever South African tour last month, 2014 Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are now set to return to the Continent in September for Lake Of Stars in Malawi. The three-day, three-stage festival, which began in 2003, is set to go down September 25-27 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. We're still waiting for a full lineup, but so far other confirmed artists include Naija's Ric Hassani ("Dance Dance Baby Dance"), and Malawi's Gwamba, Danny Kalima, and George Kalukusha.

Artists interested in performing at this year's festival can apply by downloading an application form here and sending it to talent@lakeofstars.org by April 24th.

Tickets for those located on the continent are available for purchase here, and for the rest of the world here. Keep up with the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned for more on YF soon. The group's sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, is due out April 7 on Big Dada. For more, listen to their most recent singles "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine," and watch them catch up with Okayafrica TV down in Austin, Texas, for SXSW 2014 below.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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