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Another Ethiopian Runner Follows in Feyisa Lilesa’s Footsteps in Solidarity with the Oromo People

Ebisa Ejigu of Toronto gestured in solidarity with the Oromo people as he won the SSQ Quebec City Marathon Sunday.

Another Ethiopian marathon runner has taken a cue from Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa a week after he crossed his arms above his head, clenching his fists, as he sailed past the finish line in Rio, BBC reports.


The controversial gesture signaled Lilesa’s solidarity with his Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group protesting mistreatment by the government, but has prevented the runner, who now fears for his life, from returning home, and has generated more than $158,000 in crowdfunded donations.

Ebisa Ejigu, who is Oromo originally from Addis Ababa and established in the Canadian running scene, gestured like Lilesa did, finishing first at the SSQ Quebec City Marathon in 2:30:40, Sunday.

This Twitter account presented the photo evidence:

Since November 2015, more than 400 people have been killed by the Ethiopian government’s security forces as part of protests initially incited when the government began extending the municipal boundary of Addis Ababa, threatening the land rights of the neighboring Oromo people, Human Rights Watch reports. And according to BBC, an additional 100 people have been reportedly killed in August.

Ejigu’s gesture builds on the momentum of the Oromo protests that have been receiving more international attention since Lilesa’s defiance on the world stage.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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