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The 53-year old former mayor is to be tried on nine counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and violating the Geneva Conventions during the 1994 genocide in which around 800,000 people were killed, mostly ethnic Tutsis.

Former Politician Ladislas Ntaganzwa Convicted for Role in Rwandan Genocide

The ex-mayor has been sentenced to life for plotting and ordering the killing of thousands of Tutsis during Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Former politician Ladislas Ntaganzwa has recently been convicted for his instrumental role in the infamous Rwandan genocide, according to Aljazeera. The ex-mayor of Nyakizu has been sentenced to life for plotting and ordering the killing of more than 25 000 Tutsis in what remains one of the darkest times in the country's history close to three decades later.

Ntaganzwa was initially indicted by the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda two years after the genocide, on charges of direct and public incitement to commit genocide, murder and rape. However, after the tribunal closed, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, with offices in Arusha and The Hague, Netherlands, took over the case.

A statement released by the prosecution body, partially reads as follows: "[We have] convicted him for genocide, extermination as crime against humanity and rape as crime against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment. [However, we have] not found [him] guilty of murder as crime against humanity and direct and public incitement to commit genocide."

Responding to the court's conviction, Ntaganzwa's lawyer Alexis Musonera says, "It's a guilty verdict. The court has sentenced him to life in prison." Musonera adds that, "Overall we are not satisfied with the ruling. We are going to appeal."

Additionally, 84-year-old Félicien Kabuga was arrested earlier this month for his alleged involvement in the genocide. The arrest follows an indictment made back in 1997 which saw Kabuga living under a false identity and on the run for 23 years. Previously the wealthiest man in Rwanda before the genocide, he is accused of having aided the financial backing of Hutu militias who went on to slaughter about 800,000 Tutsis in total.

Whether Kabuga will be tried in France or in Rwanda is currently the subject of much debate.

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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.

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