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Zimbabwe's Tsitsi Dangarembga Awarded 2021 PEN Pinter Prize

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga, has been heralded as a 'voice of hope we all need to hear.'

Zimbabwean novelist and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga continues to bag literary awards. Most recently, Dangarembga has been awarded the prestigious PEN Pinter Prize by English PEN in memory of the late Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter. Following her protests against corruption and the arrests of prominent journalists such as Hopewell Chin'onolast year, Dangarembga receives the award in recognition of her "ability to capture and communicate vital truths even amidst times of upheaval" in Zimbabwe. The award comes shortly after she was also awarded the 2021 PEN Freedom of Expression Award, again, for her activist work.

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Nigeria Extends Twitter Ban To  Public and Private Broadcasters

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has officially enforced the Twitter ban on both private and public broadcasters. This, shortly after Twitter removed a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian government's ban against the popular social media platform Twitter now includes private and public broadcasters. The order follows days after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari banned Nigerian citizens from using Twitter. This after the popular social media platform had deleted his tweet for allegedly inciting violence. Buhari denied that his tweet was prompting violence against Nigerians residing in the east region, and has since been on a maddening rampage which, in turn, has infringed on Nigerians' freedom of speech.

In a strategic political move, Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo Olu has alluded that the ban is a temporary suspension and suggested that it would be mitigated by Twitter opening up an office in Nigeria where over 40 million Twitter users currently reside.

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