Popular

The #SudanUprising Is Being Led by Strong Women and These Videos are Proof

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

Nationwide protests continue in Sudan, as demonstrators continue to call on President Omar al-Bashir, who's been in power for 30 years, to step down.

Demonstrators have spent thee nights camped outside of military headquarters in the capital of Khartoum, according to a report from BBC Africa. They were subject to attacks from National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) with "tear-gas and live bullets" being dispersed to break up protestors. There have also been reports of army soldiers stepping in to help demonstrators and shield them from NISS aggression.

Seven protesters have been killed and 15 injured while 42 members of the security forces have been injured, says the country's interior minister, Bishara Jumaa. Adding that almost 2,500 people have been arrested. According to Al Jazeera, two soldiers have been killed by security forces admits the unrest.

READ: How Sudanese Art Is Fueling the Revolution


Photos and videos from the protests have gone viral, and many are drawing inspiration from the people of Sudan for their persistence and determination in seeking change. One picture in particular, taken by Lana H. Haroun, shows a woman, who Buzzfeed News has identified as 22-year-old student Alaa Salah, standing on the roof of a car and leading fellow protestors in chanting "revolution." The image has been shared widely and is being called "iconic."

Interfaith educator Hind Makki, broke down the imagery and the symbolism behind Salah's garments in a thread shared on Twitter. "She's wearing a white tobe (outer garment) and gold moon earrings," wrote Makki. "The white tobe is worn by working women in offices and can be linked w/cotton (a major export of Sudan), so it represents women working as professionals in cities or in the agricultural sector in rural areas."

She also shared the historical significance of women-led protest in Sudan. "Sudanese everywhere are referring to female protestors as 'Kandaka,' which is the title given to the Nubian queens of ancient Sudan whose gift to their descendants is a legacy of empowered women who fight hard for their country and their rights."

The viral photos and videos have sparked a conversation online about how women have remained on the frontlines of revolution, both now and throughout history.









(YouTube)

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Keep reading... Show less
(YouTube)

The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.

July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

Keep reading... Show less
Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.