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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.



Image courtesy of Riveriswild

#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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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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Tiwa Savage, Sauti Sol, 2Baba, Toofan & More to Perform at AFRIMA Music Village Festival

The star-studded event will take place ahead of the award show and includes a host of artists from across the continent.

The 6th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) celebrations, which recognize African talent from across the continent, are set to take place between November 20-23 in Lagos, Nigeria. Several events will take place ahead of the award show, including the star-studded AFRIMA Music Village Festival which will feature performances from some of the top artists in the industry.

The show's lineup has just been announced and it features over 30 acts from all regions of the continent.

The AFRIMAs once again are not to be confused with the AFRIMMAs (African Muzik Magazine Awards) which took place in Dallas, Texas in October.

Here Are the Nominees For the 2019 AFRIMA Awards

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