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Today Marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Assassination of Steve Biko

South Africans remember the anti-Apartheid veteran and Black Consciousness Movement leader.

Today, South Africans are remembering Stephen "Steve" Bantu Biko, a resounding voice for Black liberation during Apartheid. The most recognizable leader of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), Biko inspired and guided the student resistance of that time to become a huge political force against the Apartheid regime. He is credited with launching the South African Students Organization (SASO) in the late 60s. However, a few months before Biko's 31st birthday back in 1977, he was tortured and killed while in police custody.


In the 70s, the BCM gained considerable traction particularly among Black South African youth and workers. Following the tragic Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, where police opened fire on Black South Africans protesting the Apartheid pass laws, the segregationist government clamped down on civil unrest and banned political parties such as the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). The BCM, and other organizations, then stepped in to mobilize Black South Africans and keep the struggle alive. Again, after widespread strikes across the country, the infamous Soweto Uprisings of 1976 took place.

After being stopped at a roadblock by police, Biko was arrested and eventually transferred to the Sanlam Building in Port Elizabeth. Having been beaten severely, Biko suffered a brain hemorrhage but was still forced to stand through hours of interrogation despite his deteriorating condition. Five days later, he died in what former lawyer and judge, Sydney Kentridge, came to describe as "a miserable and lonely death on a mat on a stone floor in a prison cell".

The 42nd anniversary of Biko's death comes after a week of xenophobic violence has gripped South Africa. The ideologies of the Black Consciousness leader, who not only changed the course of South African history but became the symbol of Black liberation, still reverberate across student politics spaces especially. However, Biko espoused African unity, and very fiercely at that. South Africans' commemoration of his legacy cannot be complete without genuine introspection and reflection about the recurrent xenophobic attacks which have thus far killed 12 people, injured and affected hundreds more and even led to the Nigerian government evacuating its citizens.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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