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Watch Thabsie’s Stunning Music Video for ‘iLula’

Thabsie shares stunning visuals for her latest single.


Thabsie's latest single "iLula" explores unfaithfulness in relationships. The South African singer tells the story of being cheated on—the lies, the broken promises and the emptiness it makes her feel.

She sings:

"I got wounded, the first time I heard about her/ I heard she from Dubane/ You think she can give you so much more/ My heart shattered, the first time you lied about her/ You said you don't love her, now you just don't know"

In the hook, in which she interpolates Brenda Fassie's classic song "Istraight Lendaba," Thabsie declares that it's a no-brainer to walk away from the situation.

The visuals for the single are simply stunning—from the production design to the outfits and makeup. Directed by Callback Dreams' Makere Thekiso, the visual is metaphorical in its depiction of love triangles—for instance, when Thabsie's partner (played by actor Kay Sibiya) lies to her about his mistress, the latter is sitting right there next to them, obviously shocked by the lies. You can see the three in bed together, with him paying attention to one of them at a time.

Thabsie explained the video in a Facebook post last week:

"There's something about infidelity that leaves a woman feeling vulnerable, bare and exposed. I know this may sound controversial but this applies to both women in the scenario, the "main" and the "side". I say this because one thing life has taught me is that love sees no wrong and love sometimes sees no right, it doesn't give you the choice to decide who you fall in love with. The heart wants what it wants. It wants what it shouldn't and doesn't want what it should and in all of this people, often the women, get hurt. This is not a justification, it's just my view, my revelation, the view I tried to depict in the 'iLula' music video."

Watch the music video for "iLula" below and stream the song underneath.

Thabsie - iLula www.youtube.com



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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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