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Frustrated Nigerians Take to the Streets to Protest Motorcycle Ban

Hundreds of Nigerians living in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the recent motorcycle ban.

The Nigerian government recently introduced a ban on two- and three-wheeled motorcycles known as "okada" in the city of Lagos. According to them, the ban is meant to reduce road accidents as well as "chaos and disorderliness" Aljazeera reports.

However, just a week into the introduction of the ban, frustrated Nigerians in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the ban.


A popular and more cost-effective mode of transport, the ban on the commercial motorcycles has left Lagos in a state of greater traffic congestion in addition to longer queues for other forms of transportation among commuters.

One protester told Aljazeera that the people felt there was an alternative to the ban which has cost many their livelihoods. "This ban doesn't solve any of the problems attached to it. More people are suffering to get to work ... and school. And several thousand [of people] have just lost their livelihood." She added that, "There are so many things wrong with Lagos. The touts on the roads; the terrible state of the roads; those should be fixed first."

Kayode Adegbola, the founder, and lead advisor of Golborne Road Advisory shares his expertise on the matter saying, "The government has the power to issue such a restriction and considering what happened, the only thing that could have possibly prevented it, would have been increased engagement between the union of road transport workers, the ride-hailing platforms, and the government themselves."

Surprisingly, the Nigerian government allegedly reported that they were "not unaware that enforcing this directive may lead to some job losses" and added that the governor was set to announce measures to tackle the effects of the order, according to the BBC.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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