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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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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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