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George Weah Will be the Next President of Liberia

The football superstar has won the runoff election and will be sworn in next month.

Third time's a charm for the popular Liberian footballer turned politician, George Weah. After losing twice to incumbent Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah has secured a victory in the Liberian elections against Sirleaf's far less popular vice president Joseph Boakai.


With 98.1 percent of votes cast, the Liberian National Elections Commission reports today that Weah is ahead by a decisive margin with 61.5 percent of the vote.

Weah, 51, is a former FIFA player of the year and a winner of the Ballon D'Or, the soccer-world's most coveted individual prize. He's famous internationally for his tenure with the clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s and later with Chelsea and Manchester City in the UK.

But while Weah's soccer abilities are well known, his political instincts are harder to pin down and Liberians are trying hard to anticipate his coming administration. Many are hoping his win signifies a new chapter of change in a country disillusioned with the widespread corruption and stasis of Sirleaf's administration.

Reuters reports:

At his party headquarters outside Monrovia, tears streamed down Weah's face as he greeted supporters from a balcony. Outside, young fans ran through the streets and blared car horns as dusk fell over the city.

Notable is that Weah is from Clara Town, a vibrant working class neighborhood northeast of Liberia's capital-city, Monrovia. It's a place where both football pitches and homes must be constantly protected from encroaching tides on one side and evictions on the other. It's the kind of neighborhood where the majority of Liberians will live at some point and a milieu where no former Liberian president has ever come from.

His man-of-the-people bonafides aside, Weah has made some pretty odious alliances to get to the presidency. His running-mate and incoming Vice President, Senator Jewel Taylor is Liberia's former first lady during the presidency of her former husband President Charles Taylor, one of the main architects of Liberia's brutal civil war and convicted war criminal. Jewel Taylor is widely known as the lead proponent of Liberia's "kill-the-gays" bill that would impose a maximum penalty of death onto Liberians "guilty" of homosexuality.

Weah was also supported by former Liberian warlord Prince Johnson, notorious for his brutal style as a rebel general during Liberia's recent conflicts. Interestingly enough, Weah is also said to have been endorsed in all-but-name by Sirleaf herself who is said to have had a falling out with Joseph Boakai.

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Tay Iwar. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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Photo: Dancers of the Asociación Cultural Afro Chincha Perú via Wikimedia Commons

After Decades of Erasure, Afro-Peruvians Will Finally be Counted in the National Census

Despite an Afro-Peruvian cultural resurgence not a lot has been done to increase the population's visibility on a political level.

In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

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Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

Ghana's Kuami Eugene has been an artist to watch—especially as he shows himself to hold his own on collab tracks.

The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

"Meji Meji" was produced by Fresh VDM, with the video directed by Twitch & Rex.

Take a look at the vibrant video below.

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