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Murder of Kenyan Human Rights Lawyer Sparks Call for Nation-Wide Strike

The Law Society of Kenya is threatening to strike from Monday after human rights lawyer Willie Kimani was found dead, Friday.

The Law Society of Kenya is threatening to strike from Monday after human rights lawyer Willie Kimani was found dead, Friday.


The Law Society of Kenya’s Chairman Isaac Okero, is threatening to file a petition against the police boss Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, Deputy Inspector General Samuel Arachi and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Nkaissery, if they do not resign after Kimani’s body was found in a river.

Three police officers are suspected of killing Kenyan advocate Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and a taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, but are yet to be named. Authorities found two bodies in a river north-east of Nairobi on July 1, that had been severely beaten and strangled causing outrage all over the country. Mwendwa’s body had been missing since June 23.

Kimani worked for the International Justice Mission, which is a U.S charity that tackles police abuse of power. He was defending Muiruri who accused an officer of allegedly shooting him in traffic. Kimani’s client complained of harassment as the case unfolded.

"There is circumstantial evidence to link the three officers to the murder of the three. They will face charges including murder,” said police chief Joseph Boinnet, adding that the suspects have been arrested.

Okero said: “Lawyers are becoming a target because of their work,” adding: “Today is a sad day, we have lost one of our own who is lying at the City mortuary. The rule of law is under a serious threat, where the guardians of the rule of law (lawyers) risk their lives. Then every Kenyan must be afraid. We feel that this failure by those charged with the security of the country cannot be tolerated.”

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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

Radswan's RadShape 01Photo: Courtesy of Radswan


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