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The Stories You Need To Know: Pope threatens to fire Nigerian priests, South African Poet Releases First Album In Over A Decade, And More

Pope threatens to fire Nigerian priests if they don't obey him and accept local bishop appointed by then-pope Benedict XVI, and other stories from the continent.

NIGERIA–Pope Francis is giving Nigerian priests in the diocese of Ahiara 30 days to write a letter promising obedience to him and accepting local bishop appointed by then-pope Benedict XVI. Or else, they’ll be fired. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–South African renowned poet Lebo Mashile has released an album with musician Majola titled Moya. The poet last released an album in 2004, Lebo Mashile Live. Read interviews the two have done with the City Press, Independent Newspapers and the Sunday Times about the album.

Download the album here.

LIBYA–Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan president Moammar Gaddafi, has been released after more than five years in detention. He was detained in 2011, when his father was removed from power and assassinated. Read the full story here.

TUNISIA–Tunisians marched to be allowed to eat and drink in public during the fasting month of Ramadan. They protested against the arrest of people who choose to eat and drink in public during the fasting season. Read the full story here.




Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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