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Botswana’s first female judge of the High Court, Unity Dow, is also an author who speaks powerfully on human rights. One of her biggest career highlights is making advancements in the laws concerning child support, rape, and married women’s property rights.




She was part of an historical ruling in 2006, allowing the Kalahari Bushmen to return to their ancestral land and continue with their hunting traditions.



Such is her commitment to women’s rights, that she started a women’s centre in her village and also established the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Project. The International Women’s Rights Watch count Dow as one of its members.



Dow has extensive experience with world renowned organizations, including: The Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights, International Association of Women Judges, International Women’s Rights Action Watch, Amnesty International, UNICEF and Africa Legal Aid.



The activist has covered  gender conflicts, poverty and Aids in her books, such as Far and Beyon’. Dow is an inspiring woman with an impressive track record of upholding human rights.



—JO

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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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