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Sudan Reacts to the Ousting of Omar al-Bashir and the Announcement of a Military Takeover

While the removal of al-Bashir is being seen as a victory of the people, protestors are rejecting the military's announcement of a two-year takeover.

Omar al-Bashir, the longstanding dictator of Sudan, was ousted and arrested in a military takeover this morning.

The country's Defense Minister, General Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf took to national television this morning, announcing that the army would oversee a "two year transition" period with elections to follow, as BBC Africa reports. He also called for a three-month state of emergency, 24-hour airspace ban, as well as for the scrapping of the country's 2005 constitution.

While al-Bashir's removal is being celebrated as a victory spearheaded by the Sudanese people, who have led months-long protests to see him removed, many are discontent with the news announcement of the military takeover. Reem Abass, a journalist on the ground in Khartoum, told the BBC that the Defense Minister's message "did not resonate with people" and demonstrations will likely continue.


Many protests groups and leaders have outright rejected the military transition, calling, instead, for a transitional civilian government, reports Reuters. The military takeover is being referred to as a "recycling" of old leaders.

"The people do not want a transitional military council," wrote Alaa Salah the 22-year-old student who has become a face of the movement, as a result of a viral image. "Change will not happen with Bashir's entire regime hoodwinking Sudanese civilians through a military coup. We want a civilian council to head the transition," she added.

Several others online, have expressed similar skepticism of a military-led transition.


The removal of al-Bashir, who maintained power for 30 years, is still being celebrated as a testament to the strong will and determination of the Sudanese people, who are proving that their immense efforts to restore effective leadership in their country will continue.







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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.

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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.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

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

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simmy, Made Kuti, Shane Eagle, Emel Mathlouthi, Amaarae and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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