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Several People Have Been Killed During Protests in Guinea

Guineans are protesting against changes to the constitution which will allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third term.

At least five people have died during protests in Guinea's Conakry and Mamou after police opened fire on them, according to Aljazeera. The protests come just after President Alpha Conde instructed his government to look into drafting a new constitution that will allow him to remain in power past the permissible two terms. Conde's second five-year term will come to an end next year but as is the unfortunate case with many African leaders, the 81-year-old is intent on running for office yet again.

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In Conversation: Lemn Sissay On His New Book About Re-claiming the Ethiopian Heritage Stolen From Him by England’s Foster Care System

In 'My Name Is Why,' the 2019 PEN Pinter award winner passionately advocates for children in the institutional care system, and in turn tells a unique story of identity and the power in discovering one's heritage.

It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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Video: Niniola Talks Afro-House and Getting Co-Signs From Timbaland & Drake

We sit down with the Nigerian singer for our latest installment of 'Moments With'

Niniola is the Nigerian queen of afro-house.

Through massive singles like "Maradona" and "Bana"—and standout albums like This Is Me—the singer has taken the throne as the leading artist pushing a blend of afro-pop and house. She's continued that upward trend with more recent drops like "Boda Sodiq" and "Designer." The artist was also one of OkayAfrica's 2019 100 Women honorees.

Niniola sits down with us for this latest edition of Moments With, in which she talks about growing up in Nigeria, the success of "Maradona," and getting recent co-signs from Timbaland and Drake.

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Niniola Returns With Infectious New Single 'Boda Sodiq'

The Nigerian "Queen of Afro-House" delivers another banger.

Nigeria's "Queen of Afro-house' is back with a new single, "Body Sodiq," and it's catchy as ever.

As usual, Niniola delivers a club-ready track that's made to dance along to. The song sees her laying her signature airy vocals atop pulsating production from popular Nigerian producer Kel P. On the track, the singer narrates a mesmerizing night out on the town.

It's her latest single since "Designer," featuring Sarz, which she dropped at the top of the year. The song got a cosign from legendary producer Timbaland, and that's not the only major nod the singer has received this year either. In April, Drake revealed he was a fan of the artist when he played her hit song "Maradona" on BBC Radio 1xtra.

The artist has a productive 2018, releasing the memorable "Bana." She was also one of OkayAfrica's 2019 100 Women honorees. We're excited to see what else the artist has in store for us for 2019.

For now, listen to her latest, "Boda Sodiq' below.

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