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Ethiopian Movement #BringBackOurStudents Demands Answers from the Government

The growing online movement wants the Ethiopian government to account for at least 18 students from Dembi Dollo University who were reportedly abducted two months ago.

AfricaNews reports that numerous Ethiopians on social media are calling for the government to provide answers for at least 18 students from Dembi Dollo University who were reportedly abducted two months ago.

Similar to Nigeria's 2014 online campaign #BringBackOurGirls which was a response to the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, the #BringBackOurStudents movement is Ethiopia's attempt to do the same.


Tensions are mounting as the whereabouts of the Ethiopian students abducted two months ago remain unknown.


There seems to be conflicting reports about the exact number of the abducted students with the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia placing the number at 18 while Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's press secretary Nigussu Tilahun claims it is 21. What is a constant, however, is that the majority of the abducted students are female.

While Tilahun has since disclosed that only 6 of the abducted students remain captive, a number of family members have told various media outlets that they are yet to hear from their loved ones.

Yeneneh Adugna, told Associated Press that she has last heard from her own daughter a month ago after youths from the local area allegedly took [students] to the forest in the Amhara region of the country. "I don't know what happened to her since." Adugna added that, "We are living in an anguish every day. We are crying every day. We want to know whether they are alive or dead. No one is giving us any information."

No one has claimed responsibility for the abductions although officials within the Oromia region of the country have pointed the finger towards the Oromo Liberation Army. The army has denied the accusations and instead shifted the blame to Prime Minister Ahmed's government and continued inter-ethnic violence in the country.

Below are just some of the many calls by Ethiopians on social media to have the students released:




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Ugandan Activist Stella Nyanzi to be Released from Prison

After being sentenced to 18 months in prison for the "cyber harassment" of President Yoweri Museveni, Stella Nyanzi has won her court appeal and the judge has ordered her immediate release.

Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi is set to be released from prison after winning her court appeal.

Last year, Nyanzi was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the "cyber harassment" of President Yoweri Museveni after writing a poem about his mother's vagina.

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South Africans Remember Nelson Mandela's Historic Release from Prison

Thirty years ago today, the late anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending nearly three decades behind bars.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the late South African anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela's historic release from prison.

Mandela or Madiba, as he was affectionately known, was released from the Victor Verster Prison, now known as the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, after serving the remaining 14 months of his 27-year long sentence.

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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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