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Okayafrica TV: Nneka Speaks Out About #OccupyNigeria

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We met with Nigerian songstress Nneka on a sunny rooftop in midtown Manhattan yesterday where she joined other Naija superstars in speaking out about #OccupyNigeria. The recent removal of fuel subsidies by Goodluck Jonathan's government sent gas prices through the roof at the start of this year. Nigerians immediately took to the streets to protest the government's actions. Under pressure from the people, Jonathan has since lowered prices but the issue speaks to a broader discontent with a corrupt government. Nneka tells us that this is an awakening of the people she "feels positive" about. Nneka's Soul Is Heavy LP is out Feb 28 in the U.S. via Decon Records.

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