WIN TIX: Mirel Wagner At Joe's Pub NYC [9/16]

***UPDATE*** Mirel Wagner has cancelled the rest of her tour. She will not be playing in NYC***

When we first caught singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner's absorbing video for "No Death" we knew she was one to watch. The Ethiopian-born singer, who was raised in Finland, will hit the stage in NYC Sunday September, 16 at Joe's Pub. Enter to win 2 tickets to what is sure to be a moving evening with Mirel and her guitar by following @Okayafrica on Twitter and tweeting at us #MirelWagner. We'll select a winner on Thursday 9/13!

Watch the video for "No Death" above, check out Mirel's self-titled debut LP here, and see full tour dates here.

Photo: Alvin Ukpeh.

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We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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