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Bobi Wine & Bas Send Off 'The Messenger' In Tell-All Finale

As the inaugural season of the podcast comes to an end, the two break down what happened during Uganda's most recent presidential election.

After an undeniably successful first run, Sudanese-American rapper (turned podcaster) Bas has ended off his inaugural season of The Messenger speaking with the man himself: Bobi Wine.

The Ugandan musician-turned-politician has had a tumultuous few months; from being added to the presidential ballot and then subsequently arrested, to Wine and his wife being held under house arrest, there has been a lot to keep track of. The Messenger podcast certainly acted as an anchor point for fans or supporters to digest Wine's latest updates in relatively real time.

Eight episodes later, the finale gives Wine the opportunity to rely the events leading up to and following Uganda's 2021 presidential election and the abuse he and his team faced at the hands of Uganda's ruling party and president.

The episode, entitled Smoke From Fire, sees the two artists discuss the complications behind juggling roles as personalities known for their celebrity or art, versus someone who uses their platform for their people. Special mention is made to MTV Base's recent decision to postpone this years MTV Music Awards, which was to be hosted in Uganda's capital Kampala, as it would be crazy to think that Wine and the events occurring around him didn't influence the music giant's decision. The two sat in conversation to discuss where and how the country needs to move forward and onward.


Check out The Messenger's season finale here.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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