News Brief

Stories You Need to Know Now: Morocco Cracks Down on Protests, Presidential Health Scares and New Ebola Vaccine

Stay on top of the news coming from the continent.

Morocco Cracks Down on Protestors After Months of Unrest

According to Moroccan human rights organizations, police have arrested up to 70 people connected to the protest movement in the ethnically Berber region of Rif. The protests, which began as a call for justice after a fishmonger, protesting the seizure of his fish, was crushed to death by a garbage truck snowballed into a greater movement demanding jobs and economic development in a region that has long felt marginalized. Despite many of the leaders having been arrested, crowds continue to protest every night in the city of Al-Hoceima

Nigerian First Lady Aisha Buhari Joins Her Ailing Husband in London

It might be nothing, but in the current climate of intrigue around the health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari the first lady flying to England to be by her husband's side inevitably sparks rumors about a possible turn for the worse. Earlier this year, Buhari spent seven weeks on medical leave mostly out of sight sparking intense speculation. He returned to England on May 7th for a "follow-up" and has been there ever since.

President dos Santos returns home after health checks

While Buhari received medical attention in England, Angola's 74 year-old President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was in Spain receiving care for what some in Angolan media reported as a stroke. Rumors of his death were enough to prompt his daughter, Isabel to publicly deny that he had died while in Spain. On Monday, Angola's Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti told RFI,

"You know that there are moments in everyone's lives when we don't feel well. But he is fine. He is in Spain but when he is better he will return."

Dos Santos has been President of Angola for 38 years won't be contesting an upcoming election in August suggesting a transfer of power to his chosen successor Defence Minister Joao Lourenco.

An Experimental Ebola Vaccine Lands in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On Monday, the Congolese government approved a vaccine to help combat an ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in Northeastern Congo. Developed after the devastating West African outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in 2015 that killed 11,000 people, the vaccine has been shown to be quite effective at preventing transmission of the virus during trials in Guinea according to prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.


(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.