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Ugandan Police Have Surrounded the Home of Bobi Wine

This comes after authorities cancelled his Independence Day music concert.

The Ugandan police have surrounded musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine's private home in Busabala. According to the The Citizen, armed members of the police set up roadblocks on the road leading to Wine's home late last night. The move is an attempt to prevent him from attending the Independence Day music concert he'd organized for today but that was subsequently cancelled by authorities. Certain vehicles are also being barred from proceeding to his home.


October 9th marks the day that Uganda officially obtained its independence from the British in 1962. To commemorate the day, Wine had planned a music concert at his "One Love Beach" in Busabala, The Independent Ugandan reports. In a letter that Wine received yesterday from Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, it was communicated that there were concerns with regards to the concert's "plans for medical care, traffic control, crowd control and security." In addition, Ochola said that since the majority of police officers would be manning the Independence Day celebrations already taking place in Sironko, there would be inadequate security for Wine's music concert. However, Wine feels this is yet another attempt to undermine him politically.

Yesterday, Wine took to social media and tweeted the following:

Since announcing that he would be running against current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in the 2020 elections under the People Power Movement (PPM), Wine has been subjected to incredible scrutiny under Museveni. At the beginning of August, Ziggy Wine—a fellow Ugandan musician and close affiliate of the PPM's leader—passed away after having been abducted and tortured in what was believed to be a politically motivated act. Soon afterwards, Wine was then charged with "intending to annoy the president" in addition to an initial charge of treason. More recently, several of Wine's supporters were arrested after the government put out a ban on the wearing of red berets (the signature regalia of the PPM) by non-military personnel.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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