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Sudan's Military and Main Opposition Coalition Have Signed a Constitutional Declaration

The declaration will pave the way for the formation of the transitional government.

After signing a power-sharing deal last month, leader of Sudan's main opposition coalition, Ahmed Rabie, and Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), signed a constitutional declaration yesterday. The declaration details how a "sovereign council" comprising of six civilians and five military generals will oversee the three-year transition period that will ultimately cede power over to civilians, according to the BBC.


The signing of the constitutional declaration comes a week after more protesters were killed during demonstrations that were being led by high school children in the city of El-Obeid. Among the protesters killed were four students. Recently, the TMC announced that nine soldiers from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the same group protesters blame for the deadly crackdown in Khartoum, had been arrested in connection with the killings, The Citizen reports.

A new prime minister is expected to be appointed by the main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), and will be named on August 20th, Aljazeera reports. It will be the prime minister's duty to consult the FFC and form a new government while the TMC will appoint the defence and interior ministers.

The intention is to name the new cabinet by August 28th and appoint a legislative assembly in the following three months.

After months of massive demonstrations and violence that has claimed the lives of many protesters, the constitutional declaration is a step forward for Sudan. Gen Daglo described the pivotal moment saying, "We entered the negotiations as partners and emerged as one team." He also added that, "The national will has triumphed. It's a win."

An official ceremony will be held on August 17th to formally sign the declaration.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

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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