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Nigeria Turns 59 and the Internet Goes Nuts About Skepta and Adele

For Nigeria's independence day, citizens took to social media to show their love for Naija and the singer of 'Hello'

It's Nigerian Independence Day and the only thing anyone's talking about is the revelation that Skepta is now dating Adele. Not exactly, but in the country's 59th year of independence, Nigerians around the world are celebrating with bold displays of Naija love. Sometimes, that comes in the form of dope music drops like Wizkid's "Joro" and Burna Boy's "Another Story," a song and video that sheds light on Nigeria's history and reframes the image of the country.


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Sometimes that country pride is wrapped up in post that captures the speech from former Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa that started it all:

Whatever the vibe, Nigerians all over the world are taking to the Internet to join in on the day. The tone on social media is a mix of unabashed pride, hope for the future and pain at the obstacles many citizens wish were overcome. Actually, Falz's 2018 viral version of "This is Nigeria" sums up the sentiments quite nicely–respect for roots and oozing creativity but cognizant of the need for more change. Check out some of the #NigeriaAt59 posts from the day below:















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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.