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Hundreds of Zimbabweans are Protesting in Support of the Nationwide Shutdown

The shutdown comes after recent announcements by President Mnangagwa of crippling fuel hikes.

Scores of frustrated Zimbabwean youths have taken to the streets of Bulawayo in protest of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rule. This protest comes amid several other protests in the country by medical professionals and, more recently, teachers. Zimbabweans are simply fed up with having to eke out a living on a daily basis.


The Bulawayo CBD is now the site of a massive protest. Zimbabweans in Bulawayo have declared a nationwide shutdown with many workers downing their tools in solidarity, and public transport having ground to a halt. Numerous minibus taxis have taken to barricading the main roads. While the protest has largely been peaceful, riot police have been deployed and are attempting to disperse the crowd with teargas.

Watch the footage below of crowds marching through the center of the town.


Since the elections that saw Emmerson Mnangagwa taking over from Robert Mugabes's three-decade long rule last year, Zimbabwe has been in a state of perpetual chaos. Most recently, President Mnangagwa announced that the price of petrol would rise from US$1.24 a liter to $3.31 and diesel from $1.36 a liter to $3.11. Motorists have been queuing up to fill up in what have been reported to be some of the longest queues in the country's history. One frustrated motorist said, "You can't have a country where people sleep in cars for days for a commodity that should be readily available."

While the President is yet to release a statement on the protests, Zimbabweans on Twitter are currently detailing what is happening during the protest.




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You Need This Merry-Lynn EP In Your Life

Interview: Rising R&B newcomer Merry-Lynn's Petrichor EP is a breath of fresh air.

Iyere-Eke Merrylynn Ehinomen, also known as Merry-Lynn, is a rising singer and songwriter based in Abuja, Nigeria. She recently released her debut EP, Petrichor, which presents a masterful blend of reggae and R&B with a modern twist across its six tracks.

Drawing you in with its resonant bass line and alluring vocals, EP opener "Skin," is a major head-bopper. Merry-Lynn pours her heart out over the rippling guitar chords singing "When you gonna call me baby?/ Or don't you think about me lately?" Before you know it you're midway through the sultry and euphoric cut, "Temptation," and fully locked-in to this musical experience.

In "Boy Tears" the young singer, who was born in 1997, graces us with vivid lyricism and audacious delivery as she rhymes "too" and "fooled," enriching each line with subtle nuance. She also enlists Nigerian hitmaker King Perryy on the melancholic heartbreak tune "911"—a remixed version of the original track that was released earlier in the year

Merry-Lynn's decision to work exclusively with Nigerian producer Veen on the project seemingly enabled her to truly experiment and find the distinctive sound that sets her apart from the crowd. Emotionally rich and enlightened, this tape is a smooth sonic ride for any lover of good music. There's no doubt that, with Petrichor, Merry-Lynn has delivered a reliably-solid debut.

We got to know the R&B newcomer a little bit more in a recent interview below.

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Tiwa Savage Drops Two New Songs 'Owo Mi Da' & 'Attention'

The Nigerian star has shared two new bangers—"Owo Mi Da" and "Attention"—a day early due to leaks.

Tiwa Savage has returned with not-one-but-two new singles, "Owo Mi Da" and "Attention."

While the tracks were originally slated to drop tomorrow, Wednesday, the Nigerian superstar rushed released them due to leaks. "You guys couldn't wait na so my songs don leak o .... FUCK IT OUT NOW," Tiwa wrote on her social pages.

The addictive and upbeat "Owo Mi Da" was co-written by fellow Nigerian hitmaker Olamide and produced by Pheelz.

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The smoother "Attention" is a song aimed at a man who isn't taking enough notice of his woman. " I guarantee all the ladies will know the lyrics to this one word for word," Tiwa wrote about the track. It was produced by Blaqjerzee.

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Idris Elba to Star In Netflix's Upcoming All-Black Western 'The Harder They Fall'

The film also stars Jonathan Majors and is being produced by Jay-Z.

Idris Elba is set to star in the upcoming all black Western The Harder They Fall from first-time director Jeymes Samuel.

The film, is slated to premiere on Netflix, and also stars The Last Black Man In San Fransisco actor, Jonathan Majors. The film is being produced by Samuel, as well as Jay-Z, who will also help write original music for the movie along with Samuel, Deadline reports. The two previously worked together on the Great Gatsby.

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