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Tanzania Suspends Family Planning Ads on Radio and Television

The suspension of a US-based advertisement comes just two weeks after the country's president expressed his desire to ban the use of contraceptives.

Following a proposed ban on the use of contraceptives by Tanzanian president, John Magufuli the country has cancelled all airings of radio and television spots on the subject of family planning.

In a letter addressed to US-based NGO FHI 360, the Tanzanian government asks that the agency stop airing ads under the program Tulonge Afya, which translated to "Let's speak health" immediately, Reuters reports.

Earlier this month Maguguli expressed that there was no need for the use of birth control in Tanzania, calling those who choose to engage in family planning "lazy" and pointing to the supposed need for population growth in Tanzania as the reasoning for implementing a ban on contraceptives. He was quoted as saying that "those that are going for family planning are lazy, they do not want to work to feed a large family.'



Media outlets have been asked to discontinue the airing of family planning ads until they are approved by the government. "The ministry intends to revise the contents of all your ongoing radio and TV spots for family planning, thus I request you to stop with immediate effect airing and publishing any family planning contents in any media channels until further notice," read the official government notice.

Magufuli's presidency has been marked by outlandish views on women's reproductive rights. In 2016 he also claimed that women could stop using contraceptives since school care had become free and last year he announced his plans to prevent pregnant girls from returning to school.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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