The perils of mixing music and politics in Nigeria

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Nigeria: The Perils of Mixing Music and Politics


[The Conversation Africa] Musicians play a prominent role in Nigeria's dynamic political landscape, especially since the country became a democracy. Politics and music have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship, even during austere military regimes. For example, in 1995, the late dictator, General Sani Abacha (1993-1998) commissioned highlife maestro, King Oliver de Coque to record an album titled Democracy. The project was designed to launder his image, and position him as an aspiring democratic president.

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[Nation] Regional women rights advocates want the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to lift Tanzania's ban on learning and school re-entry of teen mothers and pregnant girls.

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[East African] As Uganda descended into violent protests that swept the capital Kampala and several towns across the country, former opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been compiling the "ongoing atrocities" to present before the International Criminal Court. This week's protests had, by Thursday, reportedly claimed the lives of 37, shot by security forces.

Uganda: Opposition Leaders Speak in One Voice After Release of Bobi Wine


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Congo-Kinshasa: Ex-Militia Leader Handed Life Sentence for War Crimes


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Uganda: Protests a Sign that People are Tired of Museveni


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Africa: Why the Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine Is a Global Game Changer


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Kenya: How Trees and Fences Make Spring Water More Accessible to All


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Zimbabwe: Three Years After Mugabe, New Dawn Remains Elusive


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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -- UNICEF will work with over 350 airlines and freight companies to deliver nearly 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries next year

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[ISS] Recent flooding is becoming a humanitarian disaster that could simultaneously endanger Sudan's peace process.

Zimbabwe: How to Fix the Turmoil in Gold Mining Sector - Report


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