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Tributes Continue To Pour in on Twitter for Eritrean-American Rapper Nipsey Hussle

The 33-year-old was shot dead outside his clothing store yesterday in Los Angeles.

The hip-hop world is in mourning since it was announced that rapper Nipsey Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was shot outside his Los Angeles store Marathon Clothing yesterday. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital whilst two other people were wounded in the shooting.


Born to an Eritrean immigrant father and African-American mother, Nipsey Hussle was nominated for a Grammy this year for his critically-acclaimed major label debut album Victory Lap along with Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy which eventually took home the award. Nipsey Hussle was well-known for his work within his community and his passion for kids growing up in the hood and involved with gangsterism — that having been where he himself came from as a teenager.

In an interview with VladTV in 2014, Nipsey talked about his teenage life:

"The culture of my area is the gang culture ... so by being outside, being involved with hustling, being in the hood, doing things to try to get money, being young, you know riding your bike through the hood, getting shot at, your loved ones and homies that's your age getting killed, getting shot at ... it's like, we were just raised like if you with me and something goes now, I'm in it, whether I'm from the (expletive) or not."

Celebrities such as Drake, Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, Steph Curry, Nas and Snoop Dogg, among many others, have all taken to social media to express their shock and sadness and extended their condolences to Nipsey's fiance, Lauryn London, and their kids.

Tributes continue to pour in on Twitter for the rapper.















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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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