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Sudan has Appointed a Prime Minister to Govern During the Transitional Period

Abdalla Hamdok says that peace and resolving the economic crisis are his top priorities.

Earlier this month, the leader of the main opposition coalition, Ahmed Rabie, and Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), signed a constitutional declaration just shortly after signing their first power-transfer deal. The declaration detailed how a Sovereign Council, consisting of six civilians and five members of the military, would oversee the governing of Sudan during the three-year transitional period to complete civilian rule. Recently, Abdalla Hamdok, was sworn in as the transitional prime minister, according to the BBC. His appointment comes after Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was appointed the leader of the Sovereign Council, Aljazeera reports.


Hamdok served as a senior economist at the UN for close to a decade and stepped down from his position last year. With very little ties (if at all) to former President Omar al-Bashir, save that he refused al-Bashir's nomination to become Sudan's Finance Minister back in 2018, Hamdok appears to be a somewhat neutral party.

Speaking about his intended course of action in his new role, Hamdok said that, "The government's top priorities are to stop the war, build sustainable peace, address the severe economic crisis and build a balanced foreign policy."

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Sudan has been through an incredibly tumultuous political time. Following the ousting of al-Bashir back in April after nationwide protests, the military took over to "maintain order" in the country. However, since the military's rule began, many Sudanese civilians have lost their lives. The deadly crackdown of June 3rd saw over 100 protesters staging a sit-in in the capital Khartoum, lose their lives after the military ordered their violent dispersal. A month later, four students were killed by snipers at a mass demonstration in the city of El-Obeid.

It is hoped by many that Hamdok's appointment along with that of the Sovereign Council will usher in a new dawn for Sudan.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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