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Trump Just Expanded the "Muslim Ban" to Include Chad

Trump expanded his highly contested Muslim ban on Sunday to include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

At the start of the year, the news was permeated by stories about President Trump's proposed "Muslim ban," several months later and the hasty executive order, which went into effect in January, is only expanding.

The highly contested executive order, originally prevented people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, specifically Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from gaining entry into the United States.

While Sudan has been removed from the list of barred countries, a third African nation has been aded to the list. Chad nationals are now subject to travel restrictions as well. North Korea and Venezuela have also been placed on the list. In a proclamation released on Sunday, Trump claimed that the additional countries lacked adequate security measures.

According to the White House, though Chad has been a "valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States," the Chadian government did not share the required anti-terrorism and public information with the U.S., resulting in the suspension of tourist visas.

"Our Nation is safer as a result of this work," said Trump in the statement. "As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people."

The restrictions will take effect staring October 18, but will not impact those who already hold visas. Though with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, the ban now includes two non-majority Muslim countries, the addition of those nations does not "obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban," as stated by the The American Civil Liberties Union.

Trump's executive order sparked mass protests across the U.S. earlier this year, and is scheduled to be reviewed by the Supreme Court next month, reports the BBC.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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