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UK marks 50 years of arrival of Ugandan Asians expelled by Idi Amin Dada

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The United Kingdom, on Thursday, marked the 50th-year anniversary of the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by ‘bloodthirsty’ dictator, Idi Amin Dada.

On August 4, 1972, Idi Amin who prided himself as the “Conquerer of the British Empire,” had given thousands of South Asians living in Uganda 90 days to leave the country or face being rounded up into concentration camps.

He carried out his threats when he expelled more than 27,000 ethnic Indian and Pakistani holders of UK passports who managed to make their way to the English Midlands city of Leicester.

According to recorded history of the incident, many of those who arrived had been “stripped of everything they had and were penniless after Idi Amin took their wealth in a purported drive to give Uganda back to ethnic Ugandans.

“Overcoming English racism and weather, the refugees rebuilt their lives from scratch, as chronicled in a new exhibition marking the anniversary of Idi Amin’s incendiary decree of August 4, 1972,” Nisha Popat, a curator at the Leicester Museum where an exhibition was held to mark the anniversary said.

After the exhibition at the Leicester Museum, there will be three stage plays at the Leicester Curve Theatre to showcase the story of the Ugandan South Asian exodus to Leicester, according to the Curve chief executive, Chris Stafford.

Even the family of British Home Secretary, Priti Patel who is responsible for refugee policy, were Gujarati Indians and part of those who fled Uganda to Britain in the 1960s when anti-Asian prejudice was already rife.

Before Idi Amin’s eight years reign of terror was brought to an abrupt end through a coup in 1979, more than 300,000 people including foreigners were reportedly slaughtered including close allies, opposition figures and even his wives.

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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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