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This Video Shows a Woman Being Violently Ejected From a Kenya Airways Flight After Asking About a Delay

Kenya Airways has apologized after a video surfaced of flight crew manhandling a female passenger.

A video circulating on social media shows a woman being manhandled by Kenya Airways staff, while attempting to board a flight from Accra, Ghana,  Nairobi News reports.

A short clip shows two women engaged in a heated argument with several members of the flight crew, before one of the women is forcefully pushed to the ground. Others can be heard in the background shouting at crew members to stop. The video was originally posted on Facebook by Pearlyn Adwoa Budu, who wrote that the flight had been delayed for two hours with no status updates or acknowledgments from the airline. The incident occurred after the unidentified woman brought up the issue with airport staff, which ended in her being violently removed from the flight. 

The tactless exchange can be seen below:

The video has been widely shared on social media in an attempt to bring attention to the incident, and force Kenya Airways to act.

Kenya Airways issued an apology on Wednesday, stating that they had identified the passenger and are opening an investigation the incident to reach a "fair and proper conclusion."

“We have identified the lady in the video, retrieved her contact details and are currently making efforts to reach her. Kenya Airways condemns all abusive and violent behaviour and will continue to join you and the rest of the world to promote safety and respect in society,” read a statement posted on their Facebook page.

This type of mistreatment of female passengers on commercial flights, sadly, does not appear to be an isolated incident. Last week, a Ghanaian women was assaulted by an intoxicated white man, while airport staff stood by. 

 

 

 

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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