The Stories You Need To Know: South Africans To Go On #SocailMediaBlackOut, Luanda The Most Expensive City To Live In For Expats, And More

In an attempt to lobby network providers to decrease data costs, South Africans are set to boycott social media today.

SOUTH AFRICA–In an attempt to lobby network providers to decrease data costs, South Africans are set to boycott social media today. Well, if you are in South Africa and are reading this, you are probably not part of the movement. Read the full story here, and follow the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackOut on Twitter.

ALGERIA–A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window for Facebook likes. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Two independent journalist attended a press conference in which an ex-ruling party official called for President Robert Mugabe to step down. The two have been asked to be state witnesses, and they refused. Read the full story here.

ANGOLA–The country’s capital, Luanda, has regained its spot as the most expensive city in the world to live in for expats. This is according to the 23rd cost-of-living survey carried out by the advisory firm Mercer. Read the full story here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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