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President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan Has Stepped Down

Months of anti-government protests by the Sudanese people have finally toppled his three-decade rule.

After nationwide protests which began last year in December, the Sudanese people have succeeded in putting an end to President Omar-al Bashir's thirty-year long dictatorship. After mounting pressure by the anti-government protests, the Sudanese armed forces announced that they were not against the protesters' demands for Bashir to step down but were instead against a "fall into chaos". This was confirmed by activists who reported that soldiers had protected protesters amid a crackdown by security agents loyal to the dictator.


Sudan is alive with sounds of patriotic music blaring in the streets and Sudanese flags are flying high in the hands of victorious protesters. Thousands of Sudanese people have been waiting since the early morning for an announcement about the fate of Bashir by the army.

READ: Viral photos and videos of Sudanese women leading protests are being called "iconic."

According to eNCA, the Minister of Production and Economic Resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that, "There are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down".

Today marks an incredible victory by the Sudanese people who have shown tremendous resilience and defiance over the past few months, despite deadly force being used against them and an increasing death toll. What remains to be seen is just how peaceful the transition of power from Bashir's government to the military will be.



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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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Rebuilding the Nigerian Fashion Industry After Coronavirus

While the style capital of Africa remains shuttered, Nigerian fashion insiders have an ambitious plan to forge an independent path in a post-COVID world.