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The Stories You Need To Know: Former Nigerian Minister Ready To Go To Jail, Kidnapped US Journalist Found Safe In The DRC, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SENEGAL–Eight people were killed when a wall collapsed at a football stadium on Sunday. All sporting events have since been suspended in the country until elections at the end of the month. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has revealed that her ministry spent more than R10 million on flowers and gifts for employees, in the 2013-14 financial year. The official opposition the Democratic Alliance is demanding answers as to why so much money was spent on gifts when it could have been used to alleviate housing backlog. Read the party's full statement here.

DRC–A US journalist kidnapped by a militia group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found safe. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke is being investigated for a series of fraud and money laundering in Nigeria, UK and the US. In a recorded conversation recovered by investigators probing the corrupt allegations, she claimed to be ready to say her part in the alleged fraud, threatening to reveal the part of alleged co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide omokore. Read the full story here.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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