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Issa Rae, Kehinde Wiley, Tiffany Haddish and More Make TIME 100 List of Most Influential People

See the other African influencers who made the list.

This year's TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world has just been announced and some of course, some of or African artists, creatives and more made the prestigious list.

The publication noted how this year's list breaks new ground:

In other ways, the TIME 100, always a reflection of its moment, looks quite different than in the past. Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age. A record 45 people on this list are under 40.

The list is broken down into five sections including pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans. It features a diverse group of Africans in each category, ranging from Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who took office following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, to Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose profile is written by the indomitable Lupita Nyong'o to Kenyan anti-female genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng'ete.

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Zimbabwe's Main Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Has Died

He was Mugabe's fiercest critic.

The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition group, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and a former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has died, reports BBC Africa. He was 65.

Tsvangirai had been battling colon cancer.

He was a fierce critic of President Robert Mugabe, which landed him beaten and imprisoned on various occasions—most notably in 2007, when photos of an injured Tsvangirai surface online, after he has been reportedly beaten for attending an "Illegal" prayer meeting. He played a major role in organizing nation-wide strikes and protests on several instances during Mugabe's historically long rule.

He had a decades-long career in politics, originally joining Mugabe's Zanu-PF party during Zimbabwe's Independence, reports eNCA.

According to CNN, he ran against Mugabe in 2008, earning 47 percent of the vote and causing a runoff vote, before eventually pulling out of the race, citing "widespread intimidation, torture, mutilation and murder" against his supporters.

Folks are sending condolences on Twitter, remembering Tsvangirai as a passionate advocate for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.


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Zimbabwe to Hold "Free and Fair" Election in 5 Months, Says President Mnangagwa

This will be the first election since the ousting of long-standing president Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's acting president Emmerson MnangagwaRobert Mugabe's advisor who took office directly after his forced resignation—has promised that the country will hold elections in "four to five months," reports The Guardian.

The president has emphasized that the upcoming elections will be completely democratic.

"Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months' time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace," said the president.

"We will ensure that Zimbabwe delivers free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a qualified democratic state," he said.

This will be the first open election in the country in 37 years, when Mugabe took office.

Last month the country's election committee announced that it would extend the voter registration period to allow for more citizens to register for the new biometric system, intended to ensure accountability and protect against fraud.

According to analysts at The Guardian, It is predicted that the Zanfu ruling party, led by Mnangagwa will likely take the election.

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