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Video Re-Cap: COP 17 in Durban, South Africa

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OKA contributor Linh Do is a social change advocate based in Melbourne, Australia. As the Editor of Speak Your Mind, a youth-led project of Change & Switch, she was recently in Durban, South Africa covering COP17, the UN climate change negotiations. While there Do and her team recorded several videos that detailed daily events at the conference. Final negotiations at COP17 were meant to be resolved on Friday evening, but a resolution was not made until 6am Sunday morning - making COP17 the longest UNFCCC conference ever. Do reports that the resulting policy wasn't on par with the kind of change needed to stifle global warming, but is happy that civil society once again demonstrated their vitality and universal solidarity in fighting against climate change. Above, Do and a teammate give us a wrap up of events. The videos below demonstrate the secretive nature of the negotiations and also the exhaustion experienced by all near the end.

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Above, demonstrators at COP17

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Do: Occupy Wall Street has inspired similar movements all over the world from cities as near and far as America to Australia. COP17 was no different with an external park nearby the conference centre being “occupied” until civil society proceeded to “mic-check” for close to two hours inside the negotiations. The vibrancy of those two hours, as described by the BBC’s Richard Black, reminded negotiators why they were in Durban.

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Do: Faith leaders across South Africa, including Desmond Tutu, unite in the lead up to COP17.

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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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