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The Stories You Need to Know: Ethiopia's Internet Shutdown, Malian Sisters Have Their Eyes On the Grand Slam and More

From Ethiopia's internet shutdown to two Malian sisters hoping to take the tennis world by storm. Here are the stories you need to know.

ETHIOPIA—The Ethiopian government has come up with an extreme strategy to prevent their students from cheating on the national grade 10 exam, they've shut down the entire country’s internet for 12 hours. Much to public outrage, this is the third time in a year that the government has resorted to this drastic measure. Read the full story, here.

TUNISIA—Four men were sentenced to one month in prison for eating and smoking in a public park during the Ramadan fast. While the Tunisian constitution does not explicitly ban eating in public during the Holy Month, the issue is recurring and has prompted a wide call on social media for a demonstration on June 11th to protect the rights of those who choose not to fast. During the holy month, most restaurants and coffee shops in Tunisia remain shut during daylight hours, but some establishments open behind closed curtains to protect their customers from prying eyes. Read the full story via Middle East Eyes.

MALI— When they’re not in school or helping their parents sell food on the market, 16 year-old Aichata Keita and her sister 15 year-old sister Fatimatah are on the tennis courts perfecting their backhand under their coach’s watchful eye. The two teens started playing when they were 4-years-old and hope to someday win a coveted Grand Slam title and become the first Africans to do so. Click here to learn more about their journey.

SIERRA LEONE—Millions of Malaria bed nets are currently being delivered to fight malaria in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. The disease is a leading cause of death in both countries and eradicating it is a major priority of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. Local governments in partnership with various UN agencies are hoping to ensure that every household is equipped against the disease. More than just a distribution campaign, local governments in partnership with various UN agencies are raising awareness through a new social media, radio, and door-to-door campaign.


Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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