AOC speaks out on surviving sexual assault, Davido and Tiwa Savage nominated for NAACP awards, Paul Canoville critically ill. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…
1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks on surviving sexual assault
New York’s 14th congressional district representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known as AOC shared on Monday that she is among one in six American women who has experienced sexual assault. During an Instagram Live appearance, AOC addressed her sexual assault saying: “I’m a survivor of sexual assault. And I haven’t told many people that in my life. But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.”
More than 150,000 viewers tuned in as Ocasio-Cortez described her experience of sheltering in place during the Capitol insurrection last month, noting that she hid in Representative Katie Porter’s office and feared for her life multiple times. Ocasio-Cortez said the trauma of the event was comparable to what she experienced as a survivor of sexual assault, vowing, “I’m not going to let it happen to me again.”
2. Nigeria: Davido and Tiwa Savage bag 2021 NAACP Image Awards nominations
The National Association of Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards has announced its 2021 nomination list. Nigerian music superstars Davido and Tiwa Savage were nominated for this year’s award ceremony.
Both Davido and Tiwa Savage were nominated in the Outstanding International Song category. Davido’s song “Tanana” which featured Tiwa Savage from “A Better Time” album was nominated. Also, Tiwa Savage’s song “Temptation” from her “Celia” album was among the nominated songs. They will be up against other category nominees like Buju Banton, Koffee.
3. South Africa: Ami Faku responds to news of her death
This week, singer Ami Faku was “killed” by social media even though she is perfectly fine and very much alive. Taking to social media after trending for allegedly dying, the “Ebhayi” hitmaker reassured her fans that she was not dead after Facebook users spread false news that she had died in a car accident.
News of Ami’s death started making the rounds after she released a song with rapper Emtee titled “Lala ngoxolo” (Rest in Peace). The song speaks of death and life after death. A shocked Ami responded to the fake reports, simply asking: “What the f**k?” The star even went on to joke about borrowing a cellphone in heaven to tweet, when a Twitter user asked her how she was tweeting when she was “dead.”
4. Ghana: New COVID-19 variant can escalate – GHS warns
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has identified a wide community spread of the mutated United Kingdom (UK) variant of the COVID-19 that has a possibility of taking over the traditional one if the public continues to defy the safety protocols. The body announced that this situation is a cause for concern because the UK variant had a higher and faster rate of spread, results in severer sickness, with high numbers of people exposed to it falling sick, unlike the traditional form of the virus.
Addressing the media at the Minister’s Briefing, a national platform for providing updates on the national COVID-19 situation and response, in Accra yesterday, the Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, reiterated the need for the public to enhance adherence to the safety protocols.
5. Paul Canoville: Chelsea’s first Black player critically ill in hospital after emergency surgery
Former Chelsea winger Paul Canoville is critically ill in hospital after an emergency surgery. The 58-year-old was the club’s first black player when he was signed in 1981 and scored 15 goals in 103 games before retiring with a knee injury at the age of 25. Canoville runs his foundation and has been a prominent anti-racism campaigner ever since.
The Blues have wished him a rapid recovery, saying he “holds a major place in Chelsea history.” A statement from the Paul Canoville Foundation asked people to keep him in their thoughts.
Cover photo credit: Facebook – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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