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

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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