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Nigerian Artist Tekno Was Arrested for 'Public Indecency'

Lagos police claim he breached public decency laws with an outdoor advertisement of semi-nude women.

Nigerian artist Tekno, real name Augustine Kelechi, was arrested yesterday in Lagos. Officers from the Lagos State Police Command claim that the artist breached public decency laws after having an outdoor advertisement put up of semi-nude women. According to Daily Post, Tekno was questioned for several hours at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) in Panti, Yaba before he was finally released because of ill health.


Last week, the "Choko" artist was in hot water after a video of him and semi-nude women dancing within a glass-enclosed truck went viral on social media, Nigeria's Legit reports. Following considerable backlash, the artist took to social media to clear the air and explained that he was in the midst of shooting a music video. "We were shooting a music video, and we had a shortage of vehicles to convey people to the next location because some of the cars broke down in between the shoot." He added that, "We respect the decency in Lagos and as much as we are entertainers, we are always mindful of what we have and don't jeopardize it."

The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency has since suspended Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited, the advertising firm working with Tekno, pending an investigation into whether the parties involved are in fact guilty of public indecency and going against the criminal code.

Providing comment on the artist's arrest, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Yetunde Longe, said that, "Yes, we invited him for questioning but we did not detain him because of his health. He was advised to report to the police whenever he was needed. Investigation is still ongoing."

Neither Tekno nor his management team have issued any statement as yet with regards to his recent arrest.


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France Returns a 19th Century Sword Back to Senegal

The sword belonged to a Senegalese anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall.

France has returned a 19th century sword back to Senegal. The sword belonged to Senegalese Islamic scholar and anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe recently handed over the sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall in a ceremony held in Dakar this past Sunday. The sword is now in the Museum of Black Civilizations of Dakar. The move comes after the Senegalese government's request for France to return more than 100 artifacts housed in French museums and France's President Emmanuel Macron subsequently commissioned a report entitled "The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics".

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South Africa's Iconic Group Bongo Maffin is Set to Release a New Album

It will be the group's first album in well over a decade.

Last year, the iconic South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin, reunited after several years. They then went on to release the single "Harare" much to the delight of their numerous fans. Of course, the single was just an appetizer for everything else still to come. Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, one of the members of the diverse quartet, recently confirmed that Bongo Maffin will be releasing an album on November 29th—the group's first album in well over a decade.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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