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The African Union Agrees on Emergency Plan to Evacuate African Migrants From Libya

This plan was drawn at a summit in Côte d'Ivoire.

Following Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's action plan to bring stranded Nigerian migrants back home from Libya, the African Union has agreed on an emergency evacuation agreement at an AU-EU summit in Côte d'Ivoire.


The migrants will be sent back mainly to their home countries. Libya's UN-backed administration was present at the summit and joined the agreement, but the limited control the administration has over the territory raises questions about how this will work in action, BBC reports.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union Commission, stressed that 400,000 to 700,000 African migrants are living in camps in Libya, often under inhuman conditions, according to The Associated Press.

"At least 3,800 migrants in Tripoli need to be removed as soon as possible," he says. "That's just one camp. The Libyan government has told us there are 42."

And these camps even contain a larger number of migrants.

Check back for continued coverage, and read this op-ed that questions who's to blame for slavery in Libya here.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tekno x Mafikizolo, Yaw Tog, Muzi, Seyi Shay x Yemi Alade, M.anifest x Juls and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's vibrant collaboration in 'Pempe' is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.

Listen to Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's New Track 'Pempe'

Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's vibrant collaboration in 'Pempe' is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.

Nigerian artists Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade have teamed up for an explosive collaboration titled "Pempe". The track is Shay's first official project for this month and follows previous numbers including "Tuale", "Gimme Love (Remix)" featuring American artist Teyana Taylor, and "Murda" which were released in 2020, 2019 and 2016 respectively.

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Kimberly Anthony’s Bold Take On Fashion

Dubbed one of the coolest fashionistas in Paris, the Togolese creative talks her brand G.Y.D. Studio, journey up the fashion echelons and creating clothes that encourage authenticity.

Dressed immaculately in a swathe of angles and textures, Kimberly Anthony welcomes me with an enormous smile while elegantly seated upright. She is as pristine as I expected, but the explosive laughter that shakes her entire body throughout our chat reveals a soulful woman with a spirit so generous, even she can't contain it.

The Paris-based tastemaker-cum-model, known as @Kimberlyskinny on Instagram, may have gone down the habitual path of having enough social media followers to warrant creating her own clothing brand, but hers has been a full circle and earnest journey. To bring her bold vision to life, the Togolese creative worked with local artisans back in Lomé. Her collection of oversized garments invoke long, hot summer days and make a mockery of formalities.

Born in Togo and briefly raised in Ghana, at age seven Kimberly moved to Paris' stark and unfamiliar streets — which now at 26, she inhabits with ease. Her brand G.Y.D. Studio has created a stir beyond her own expectations — she is suddenly in higher demand than ever. With her confidence deservedly overflowing, she raises her glass with a toast to my first question.

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