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Over 19,000 Moroccans sign petition to cancel ‘Oktoberfest Beer Festival’

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More than 19,000 Moroccans have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of the annual ‘Beer Festival Oktoberfest’ scheduled to be held in Bouskoura, near Casablanca on October 28.

The protest which has gathered wide acceptance in just a few days, was initiated by the Arabic for Identity Consolidation Forum, the Muntada Taaziz Al Huwiya, which kicked against the organisation of the beer festival in Morocco, saying the kingdom is the “country of Islam and the Emirate of the Faithful”.

“At the Identity Consolidation Forum, we consider this initiative to be a heinous act in conflict with Moroccan laws, Islamic law, and Moroccan customs,” the petition said.

The Forum also based its opposition of the event on its tradition of serving Bavarian foods made of pork which is forbidden in the North African country.

The petition organizers says its aim is to halt the organization of Oktoberfest through the collection of 25,000 signatures and the target is getting closer.

The Identity Consolidation Forum has urged the public to protest against Morocco’s hosting the Oktoberfest by rallying behind its petition, and argue that the organizers “should respect the peculiarities of the countries in which their institutions operate.”

The Oktoberfest Beer Festival which has its origin in Munich, Germany, is seen as the world’s largest beer festival which is celebrated in several parts of the world in October.

The two-week-long folk festival dates back to October 12, 1810, commemorating the marriage of King Louis I to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and while it originally celebrated a royal marriage tie, the festival gradually transformed into a big food and drinks festivity by the late 20th century.

The 2022 festival which is scheduled to take place between September 17, and October 1, is expected to attract more than six million beer lovers.

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Anger in Morocco after France denied visa to rapper El Grande Toto for concert

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A cross section of Moroccans have expressed anger following the French Immigration Services denying the visa application of Morocco’s biggest rapper, El Grande Toto, who was scheduled for a concert at the Semi Festival in Sete, France.

Toto who is unarguably the biggest rap artiste in North Africa, was lined up for the concert which was to hold on Thursday, but could not make it due to the Visa denial by the French authorities.

As a result of the development, the Moroccan rapper’s entire European tour scheduled for August and September has now been canceled as he became another victim of France’s decision to limit the amount of Schengen visas it issues to Moroccans.

El Grande Toto who posted the news on his official Instagram account on Friday, stated that “having a visa today is like playing the lottery. It’s like a game of chance. I’m really getting tired of it.”

The news has also caused consternation in the North African country as many have called for the country to reciprocate the action and deny French diplomats from coming into the country till the music act gets justice.

El Grande Toto is facing a familiar terrain as he was denied visa for an event in Egypt last year on account of “his status as a rapper,” he had posted on his Facebook page.

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, celebrates father as he wins governorship election

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has celebrated her father, Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, after he was declared the winner of the governorship election for the Kisumu county for a second and final term.

Lupita’s father was announced winner on Wednesday following Kenya’s general elections held on Tuesday.

Following the announcement, the US-based multiple award winning actress took to her verified Twiter handle to congratulate her father, and also thanked the people of the Kisumu county for voting for him.

“ABICH MORO! Congratulations to my Daddy and THANK YOU to the people of Kisumu for their overwhelming support at the polls. @AnyangNyongo #5moro #TichTire,” she wrote.

Prof. Nyong’o was a former Senator representing Kisumu County from 2013 to 2017, before he contested and became the county’s governor on the ticket of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

He was also a Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in December 2002.

Prof. Nyongo’o began his political career in 1992 when he was first elected to parliament and served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

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