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

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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.


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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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