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South African Rapper AKA is Re-branding to 'King Forbes'

In a series of tweets, the rapper asked his fans to help him decide on his new stage name.

AKA has decided that he's had enough of his current stage name. According to him, he's done pretty much all there can be done in South Africa and now wants to capture the international audience with his music. And so it's goodbye to AKA and hello to King Forbes.


It's no secret that AKA feels like a big fish in a small pond. Whilst many South Africans may chalk it up to the rapper's arrogance, the truth is, the Fela in Versace star has heavily influenced and changed the South African hip-hop game.

South Africans have chided in the past that his Twitter handle (@akaworldwide) was ironic seeing that rappers such as Nasty C, for example, appeared to be making more headway than him internationally especially after rampant rumors that Jay Z's Roc Nation was looking to sign Nasty C.

The beloved Supa Mega as he is known to his fans, reached out on Twitter and asked what they thought would be a fitting new name for him. The options included his real name Kiernan Forbes, Keenan Forbes and of course, King Forbes. One fan commented that King Forbes would be apt seeing as Stogie T even referred to him as that in his epic freestyle for Sway in the Morning.

Take a look at Supa Mega's deliberation on Twitter below.








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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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