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This 28-Year-Old Somali Politician Just Became the Youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield

Magid Magid is the young black Muslim bringing new energy to one of England's highest positions.

At 28 years of age, Magid Magid, a former Somali refugee, has become the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield, England.

The politician hopes to bring reform and youthful energy to the post, and he's off to a great start. According to the Sheffield Star, Magid played the Imperial March from Star Wars followed by the Superman theme song during his swearing-In ceremony.

"Just me being in the post brings an element of difference to the role," said the politician, who was once a contestant on the UK reality show Hunters, where he exposed the behind-the-scenes mishaps taking place on the show.

"I hope it will help engage those that have not previously engaged before," he added.


Magid moved to Sheffield at the age of five, with his mother and five siblings, after leaving Somalia "for a better life," he said in a statement shared on Twitter. He told the BBC about some of the challenges he faced after moving to England as they learned to adapt and learn the language.

It safe to say that he succeeded, as now he holds one of his hometown's most respected positions. "Fast-foward to today and I am honored and privileged to have been given the highest honor that can be bestowed on any citizen in this city," says Magid. "But I am not arrogant enough to think that I made it here all by myself. I want and need you all to know that today is as much a celebration about you as it is about me," he added.

Magid's stellar inaugural photo has gone viral, he spoke with Buzzfeed about the idea behind the photo. "I guess it's not your average photo for a lord mayor but I thought it represented me well enough," he said. "Firstly, it was a massive health and safety hazard as it was a big drop. But I was first standing on it as I thought it would make an interesting shot."

The photo has been widely shared online, and many are expressing their support for the charismatic, young official.





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Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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