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Tanzanian Comedian Idris Sultan Apologizes to President Magufuli

The comedian says his now viral face-swap photo of the president was not ill-intended.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan. Late last month, he was arrested after he posted a photo on social media where he had face swapped an image of President John Pombe Magufuli on his 60th birthday with a caption that read "We swapped roles for a day so that he could enjoy his birthday in peace". Sultan was held by the police under the Cybercrimes Act which makes it illegal for any individual to impersonate another digitally. Yesterday, the comedian apologized to the president, according to The Citizen Tanzania.


Sultan insists that he meant no harm with his image. He says, "My intentions were all good. Unfortunately, they were misinterpreted. Because of that, I thought it is wise to apologize to the president himself if the photos irked him."

What remains to be seen is what the state will require of him going forward. However, the Minister of Natural Resource and Tourism, Hamis Kigwangalla, maintains that Sultan did nothing wrong and has committed to bailing him out should a case be pursued against him.

General censorship and maltreatment of political dissidents in Tanzania are nothing new. In July of this year, investigative journalist Erick Kabendera was taken forcibly from his home is Dar es Salaam by unidentified men claiming to be policemen after he wrote an article which criticized the current government. Business Day reports that a month later, the government charged Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion and assisting a criminal racket.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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