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The University of Zambia Issues Apology to Female Students For Issuing 'Half-Naked' Dress Code Warning

The school has rescinded the highly-contested policy, stating that it "will not tolerate old discredited misogynist views in our space."

UPDATE 5/8: The University of Zambia has issued an apology to its female students, stating that it would not tolerate sexist attitudes towards women. BBC Africa, shared some quotes from Christine Kanyengo, the university's librarian on Tuesday:

"The said poster does not reflect who we are; we are a space that promotes access to all our library materials to people from all walks of life. We urge all our female University of Zambia Library users to feel comfortable when using their library."
"The University of Zambia has no dress code. Tolerance and diversity is the bedrock of our institution; the University of Zambia Libraries will not tolerate old discredited misogynist views in our space."

Dikina Muzeya, a student at the university and one of the most outspoken critics of the rules, told BBC Africa that she's welcomed the apology, but urges the instution to be more sensitive towards matters of gender equality moving forward:

"In the future, they should really mind not being sexually bias. Both genders need to be treated equally. The library management should be more conscious about notices that are published, especially notices involving restrictions such as dress code on a particular sex."

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A university in Zambia has come under fire, for releasing a notice telling female students not to dress "half-naked" in order to not distract their male colleagues.

A picture of a notice that was placed in the school's library has been widely shared on social media. "It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students," reads the notice.

"We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities. Modesty is the way to go!"


Many female students have contested the message. One student Dikina Muzeya told BBC Africa, that the male students should take responsibility for their own actions and focus on their work, rather than women's bodies.

"If your mission of going to the library is to study, why should you start looking at other things like a female's legs," said Muzeya. "Just concentrate on your books, that's all."

Many online agree with her sentiments. Why should women's bodies be policed to "protect" men. The issue has sparked a conversation between Zambian men and women online around sexual assault and victim-blaming.




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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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