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SENEGAL: Reug Reug, the colossus of Thiaroye beats Alain Ngalani in MMA Mixed Martial Art

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Wrestler Oumar Kane aka Reug Reug emerged victorious from his fight at the One Championship in Singapore against Cameroon’s multiple world champion, Alain Ngalani. A second important victory for the rest of his career in MMA (Mixed Martial Art). A discipline that combines several martial arts, and that is practiced both standing with boxing techniques and on the ground with grappling techniques.

Thiaroye’s Lightning came to the end, by KO, of the Cameroonian champion Alain Ngalani, Friday, January 22, 2021, after only five minutes of combat. Reug Reug has left Singapore since Sunday. He returned to New York where he continued his training in view of his other matches in MMA but also of his clash against Gouye-Gui in Senegalese wrestling with shots. 

It must be said that Oumar Kane aka Reug Reug, aged 28, was sure to win his duel against Alain Ngalani. Indeed, far from underestimating his opponent, he considered that he was of size, very respectable in addition, with a particular course. This will motivate me more to multiply myself in order to return with the victory. It is unimaginable that he is stronger or more powerful than me. He works as I do now with my coach. Those who miss the fight will regret it. I promise you,” he said, adding, “We are in a world where nothing is given, but everything is given away. You have to believe in it and work to earn the confidence you put in yourself. After my performance in my first fight, they certainly realized that I deserved to face an opponent like Alain Ngalani. And as I said earlier, I’m going to redouble my efforts to get by with the win. And with the way if necessary.” 

Now, the goal for Reug Reug is to capture the gold belt at the ONE Championship. “I am truly pleased to represent Senegal and to represent Africa in MMA. I have been representing Senegal in competitions in Africa for a long time. In MMA, I represent all of Africa and I would like one day to win the world title. If I get this, it will be for all of Africa,” he said after his victory. 

The Thiaroye native had already signed his first victory in MMA, in 2019, against the Moroccan Sofiane Bouchikou. His second fight was against Russian Ivan Romanov. The meeting was initially scheduled for April 04, 2020, in Brussels, and then postponed to December 04, 2020, in Paris. With the covid-19 health crisis in Europe, the ARES structure, which was supposed to organize the fight, finally decided to cancel. Even if the contract had not fully come to an end, ARES Fighting Championship wanted to free the wrestler to allow him to sign other contracts with other structures.

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Oumar Kane, named after an athlete named Reug-Reug, was born in Thiaroye-Sur-Mer, a fishing village on the south-eastern coast of Cape Verde, in the suburbs of Dakar. Fishing is therefore the main income-generating activity in this locality. But since Reug-Reug was born into a family of wrestlers, he began to fight from a very young age. At the age of 16, he began to fight in the “Mbapatt”, a traditional night-time struggle. He then left the family home to settle in a serene village (an ethnic group in Senegal very adept in traditional wrestling techniques). He tested his skills by participating in numerous competitions. 

Reug Reug returned to Dakar in 2012 to sign his first official fight. And since then, his impressive record speaks for him: 15 fights, 13 wins, zero draws, zero losses and two fights without a verdict. In 2019, he made the decision to move to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). “I switched to mixed martial arts because it is a combat sport that I love and I would like to practice it until I reach the highest level and get the gold belt,” said Reug Reug.

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The young wrestler has won several trophies, medals and honours to his credit. He won the gold medal at the Dakar Tournament held during the 2014-2015 wrestling season. For the 2015-16 season alone, he won a slew of flags, medals and trophies. 

Indeed, he was winner of the flags Macky Sall, First Lady Marième Faye Sall and Aliou Sall, winner of the three galas of Yékini, two gold medals (individual and team) at TOLAC (ECOWAS Tournament).

The colossus of Thiaroye has not yet said his last word. Its size, its strength, its corpulence, its unique fighting techniques on the ring, leave no one indifferent.

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MALI – Musician Salif Keita appointed Councilor Head of the Junta

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Malian music star Salif Keïta has been appointed advisor to the head of the junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, says a decree issued Monday, August 14, 2023.

The artist is part of a list of five people named “special advisers” to the Malian head of state, says the decree dated August 11. The text does not specify the role of Salif Keïta.

The great name of afropop and World Music, Salif Keïta, 73, also stands out for his political commitment and, since the advent of the colonels following a putsch in 2020, for his support of the junta.

He was appointed one week after the announcement of his resignation from an assembly set up by the military as a legislative body.

“I will always remain the undisputed friend of the military of my country,” he said in his letter of resignation read in the gallery.

Mr. Keïta publicly expressed his support for the sovereignty discourse of the authorities. He openly called a few months ago for the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA), since officially announced by the UN Security Council.

Since 2012, Mali has been plagued by jihadist expansion and a deep multidimensional crisis. Violence from the north has spread to central Burkina Faso and neighbouring Niger.

Salif Keita et Assimi Goïta
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SENEGAL – Investigative journalist arrested!

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Senegalese investigative journalist Pape Alé Niang was arrested on 6 November at his home and taken into police custody. He is the director of the news site Dakar Matin critique du pouvoir in Senegal. Pape Alé Niang is a journalist famous for his regular chronicles of the news that Senegalese listen to.

Collateral damage on collateral damage! The «Sweat Beauty» case has not finished creating surprises. For this umpteenth arrest, it is around investigative journalist Pape Alé Niang to pay the costs, he was arrested on Sunday, November 6 and detained at the central police station of Dakar. He is accused of having an investigation report from the gendarmerie on the file between the pastef leader Ousmane Sonko and masseuse Adji Sarr. According to one of his lawyers, Mr Ciré Clédor Ly, the police arrested him on the orders of the Public Prosecutor.

In addition, a videographer from the Buur News website on behalf of Fatou Dione was the victim of “police violence” on Saturday, 5 November during a banned demonstration in Dakar. She “fainted when the police came to evacuate her with unprecedented brutality”. This demonstration was the initiative of a collective formed especially of activists. They demanded the release of “political detainees” most of whom are close to the opposition.

About 20 arrests took place during the demonstration and the arrested persons are still detained according to the local press.
Senegal is ranked 73rd out of 180 countries in the 2022 World Press Freedom Index compiled by the NGO Reporters Without Borders.

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IVORY COAST – Alpha Blondy supports Nathalie Yamb: “Nathalie Yamb is for us a calming factor that helps us rebuild”

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It is through a video of more than five minutes that the international reggae artist Alpha Blondy spoke on his facebook page this Saturday, November 4, 2022. He ruled on France’s decision to ban Nathalie Yam on its territory because of her hostile ideas towards the metropolis, according to the French authorities. The Ivorian singer did not go there with half words: “In France there are people who despise us, who speak ill of Africans, who insult us with their insolence, their arrogance… They have the right, but why not Nathalie Yamb. It’s not fair! It’s worse than FrançAfrique. Get your act together, let’s get our act together; let’s not push people to make decisions like the Algerians do: “the suitcase or the coffin”. For us, Nathalie Yamb is a sedative that helps us rebuild! Africa needs it! This economic slavery, this slavery, has only lasted too long, it must stop! Mr. Macron, please correct the tire, please! Thank you. I’m Alpha Blondy.”

The transcript of his full message can be read here:
I would like to speak today about the sanction taken by the French government against my sister Nathalie Yamb. I find that unfair and illegal for a country like France where there is freedom of expression. Nathalie Yamb has the right as an African to defend her continent and her people, a people that needs to be rebuilt. Nathalie Yamb is among those who are rebuilding the African mentality that has been deconstructed for more than 5 centuries, I am not talking about Arab-Muslim slavery, so we are going towards 1200 years.

When Charlie Hebdo was a victim of what we all saw, you took steps to defend freedom of expression, so why doesn’t Nathalie have the right to defend her people, to help her people regain confidence in themselves, to have a little dignity, To call the heads of state to raise their heads even if they are victims of false blackmail.

She is right that Mali has the right to choose its friends. It is not up to France to dictate to French-speaking African countries which ones they must attend or not. Your history with Russia is none of our business, we don’t have to follow your lead. Mali is an African country and Nathalie Yamb is an African who speaks to Africans. When she criticizes Alassane Ouattara, it is her right as an African to speak to her African brother. When she criticizes Mr. Macky Sall, she also has the right to criticize…. Nathalie Yamb has the right to say what she says and you don’t have the right to forbid her to go to France, don’t push too hard. We need her words, it heals us! It heals our wounds. We must not gag her. She did not say to attack the embassies of France, she told the Africans that to take dignity, to take a thickness, she has the right to say that.

In France there are people who despise us, who speak ill of Africans, who insult us with their insolence, their arrogance… They have the right, but why not Nathalie Yamb. It’s not fair! I would like to ask Mr. Macron, you said that FrançAfrique is over, but what is this story about bagging Nathalie Yamb? It’s worse than FrançAfrique. Get your act together, get our act together! Let us not push people to make decisions like Algerians do: “the suitcase or the coffin”. For us, Nathalie Yamb is a sedative that helps us rebuild! Africa needs it! This economic slavery, this slavery, has only lasted too long, it must stop! Mr. Macron, please correct the tire, please! Thank you. I’m Alpha Blondy.

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