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Niniola Brings Africa To The World With New Album 'Colours and Sounds'

The songstress is joined by heavyweights Timbaland, Afro B and Femi Kuti on her tour of Africa's dance sounds.

Nigerian Queen of Afro-House Niniola is back with a bang and a new album titled, "Colours and Sounds".

With this being only her second album release, Niniola is surely set out to take over the world. And with endorsements from the likes of legendary American singer Beyoncé and rap superstar Drake, she is sure to succeed. And while the international hype is welcomed, it's clear to see that the Nigerian powerhouse is here to show off the multitude of talent and beauty that Africa and it's music scene has to offer.

The album, co-produced by musical genius Timbaland, Sarz ( a long time contributor of Niniola's), Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P and Nonso Amadi, Jamaica's Teflon Zincfence and Shuffle Muzik, hailing from South Africa, features too many big names to focus. With Ninola's combining of the essence of South Africa's Amapiano, Jamaican dancehall, and of course, traditional afro-beat elements, it's not surprising to understand why or how.

Collaborations include Nigerian icon Femi Kute, South Africa's qgom queen Busiswa, Kenyan quarted Sauti Sol, and so many more.

With so many cooks in the kitchen, one might think that an artists' voice may get lost among them, but Niniola stands strong and true to herself and voice. Of the album she says, "My music is colourful, and vibrant -- it's travelled across borders and it's being played by different ethnicities, whether Black or white. Even though my root genre is Afro-House, I can do it all -- R&B, pop, folk. I am a [woman] of many Colours and Sounds."


Check out Niniola's music video for "Look Like Me Here" off of her new album "Colours and Sounds" here.

NINIOLA - LOOK LIKE ME (OFFICIAL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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