News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: Somalia’s Internet Is Back After 3 Weeks, Tax Protests Hit Ethiopia, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SOMALIA–After more than three weeks of outage, the country’s Internet is finally back. The disconnection, which the government labelled a “major disaster,” was caused by a commercial ship that cut an undersea cable. Read the full story here.


KENYA–Tech company Ushahidi faced backlash last week for the way it was treating a sexual harassment claim against a senior member of its team. The company has taken the criticism and placed the accused under suspension. Read the full story here and the company’s statement here.

ETHIOPIA–A recent tax increase, that affects small businesses in Ethiopia, has led to protests. Some small business owners in Addis Ababa are returning their business licenses. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Education rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigeria to focus on improving its education system. This was after she learned that  nearly half of primary-aged children are not enrolled in school, during her visit to the country. Read the full story here.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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