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Nigerian Activist Omoyele Sowere Remains In Custody Following Planned #RevolutionNow Protests

The founder of Sahara Reporters and 2019 presidential candidate, is being held under terrorism laws after attempting to organize a nationwide protest against insecurity.

Nigerian journalist, activist and politician Omoyele Sowere was arrested on Sunday for his efforts to lead a nationwide "Revolution Now" protest and is currently being held under terrorism laws, BBC Africa reports.

The peaceful protests were set to take place across 21 Nigerian cities on Monday. Several Nigerians were set to take to the streets to demand an end to widespread insecurity in the country, and push for free education and healthcare for all Nigerian citizens. Some organizers attempted to go ahead with the protests on Monday to little success. Those who did attempt to organize faced small run-ins with police.

Sowere remains in custody, after being accused of "calling for an overthrow of the Nigerian government," by organizing the protest. Though he should have been charged within 48-hours of being taken into custody, according to Nigerian law, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Sowere could be detained under terrorism laws, following a request from the Department of State Services (DSS) to hold him for further investigation. "The nature of offence of terrorism which involved the use of force, is a clear affront to the peace of the society," said the justice of his decision.

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Watch the Moving Teaser for 'Under The Rainbow'—a Documentary Following a Nigerian Lesbian on Her Journey of Self-Discovery

Pamela Adie opens up to share her life story in an effort to show that queer Nigerians exist.

This new documentary seeks to disprove the preconceived notion that LGBTQ Nigerians don't exist.

Under The Rainbow features Pamela Adie—a lesbian living openly in a Nigerian society that's still riddled with homophobia that can cost one their life—in what Africa Is A Country calls a visual memoir of her journey towards self-discovery.

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The Gambian Government Has Called on Women to Report Sexual Crimes Committed by Former President Yahya Jammeh

This is in response to former beauty queen Fatou Jallow having publicly accused Jammeh of rape.

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow, a former beauty queen in a state-sponsored beauty pageant, has recently accused former President Yahya Jammeh of rape during his time in office back in June of 2015. The Gambian government have now established a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations that occurred during Jammeh's two-decade stay in office. The have also called on women in the country to come forward and report sexual crimes committed against them by Jammeh.

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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow Is the First Woman To Publicly Accuse President Yahya Jammeh of Rape

Now 23, Jallow comes forward as The Gambia establishes a commission to investigate the stained legacy of the Jammeh regime.

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow is the former winner of a state-sponsored beauty pageant who has come forward to allegedly claim Gambian President Yahya Jammeh of rape, BBC reports.

Jallow was 18 years old when she first met Jammeh after winning the competition, where he soon acted like a father figure to her. After showering her with gifts, advice, money and the like, Jammeh asked for her hand in marriage. She refused.

Jammeh's aide insisted that Jallow attend a religious ceremony at the State House in her role as the beauty queen in June of 2015, BBC continues, but was instead taken to Jammeh's private residence.

"It was clear what this was going to be," she says.

Now 23, Jallow says Jammeh raped her while he was in office in 2015—and wants to meet him in court to face justice.

She is also willing to testify before The Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, which was established by current President Adama Barrow. The Commission is delving into human rights violations that are reported to have occurred during Jammeh's 22-year regime.

"I've really tried to hide the story and erase it and make sure it's not part of me," she continues. "Realistically I couldn't so I decided to speak now because it is time to tell the story and to make sure that Yayha Jammeh hears what he has done."

Watch her story below.

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