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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Concedes Election Sending Gambians into the Streets to Celebrate

Gambian President Yahyah Jammeh has shocked many by saying he will concede to his rival Adama Barrow in yesterday's election.

We didn't expect to begin today by seeing images of Gambians celebrating a democratic transition in their country. But since the Gambian electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie announced a few hours ago that President Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh would be conceding yesterday's general election, there's been an outpouring of emotion online and in the streets of Banjul.


The President elect is Adama Barrow, a real estate business owner who lead an opposition coalition to a decisive victory in an election that has ended Jammeh's two decade long reign

Barrow, won 45.5 percent of the vote to Jammeh’s 36.7 percent with the third-place candidate, Mama Kandeh receiving 17.8 percent.

The larger that life Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994 and narrowly avoided one himself in 2014. He is known for claiming that he could cure AIDS with only some bitter herbs and banana and for his, at times, autocratic rule.

One indicator of Gambian dysfunction under Jammeh has been the disproportionate number of Gambians dying as part of the flow of migrants risking their lives to cross the Meditarranean. Last year, a goalkeeper from the Gambian national football team lost her life attempting such a crossing.

 

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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