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This is Why Social Media is Turning #BlueForSudan

"The color represents all of the Sudanese people who have fallen in the uprising," says Shahd Khidir.

Since the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been embroiled in a tug-of-war between civilians and the Transition Military Council (TMC) who took over power. After civilians rejected the three-year power transfer deal presented by the TMC, ongoing protests have been organised by the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) especially in the capital city of Khartoum. Just last week, there was a deadly crackdown by the military which left over 100 protesters dead.


One of the protesters who was killed, was a graduate from London's Brunel University, Mohamed Mattar. The young man was reportedly shot while he was attempting to protect two women as security forces violently dispersed the crowd of protesters. Mattar's favorite color was blue.

According to Aljazeera, a friend of Mattar, Shahd Khidir, asked her followers on social media to change their profile pictures to blue as a show of solidarity for the heroic young man. She said, "Once he was murdered, his friends and family changed their profile picture to match his, and eventually other people began to join in...Now [the color] represents all of the Sudanese people who have fallen in the uprising."

There has been widespread criticism on social media of Western media and their failure to adequately cover the current Sudan uprising. Numerous Sudanese civilians have lost their lives and many people have pointed out how this massacre of those who are a part of civic society has not dominated the headlines.

The TMC publicly admitted for the first time, that it ordered the deadly crackdown in Khartoum. Spokesman of the TMC, Shams al-Din Kabashi, said, "We ordered the commanders to come up with a plan to disperse this sit-in. They made a plan and implemented it ... but we regret that some mistakes happened."

Leaders from all over the world are attempting to help find a resolution to Sudan's growing crisis before it spirals into a fully fledged war. We continue to stand with the people of Sudan in their fight for liberation.

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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.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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