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Readers' Choice: The Best Songs of 2017

We asked our OkayAfrica readers to vote for their best songs of the 2017. See which tracks made the cut.

Last week, we launched an open Readers' Poll asking you—our dear OkayAfrica readers—what you thought the best music of the year had been.

We handpicked a selection of the most popular and acclaimed tracks from our sphere this year for readers to vote on, compiling all the answers to publish this Readers' Choice: Best Songs of 2017 list.

You had a lot to pick from: this was a year in which Wizkid finally dropped his Sounds From The Other Side project, we saw Black Coffee's track get used by Drake, Davido was an unstoppable hitmaker with his singles, Sarkodie released his tour de force album Highest, Diamond Platnumzcontinued his East African pop reign, Cassper Nyovest kept his throne as the biggest rapper around, and much, much more.

So what were the Best Songs of 2017 according to OkayAfrica readers? Read ahead to find out as we list them in descending order by number of votes.

Listen to our Best Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

20. Runtown "Energy"

19. Wale "My Love" feat. Major Lazer, Wizkid & Dua Lipa

18. Kranium "Can't Believe" feat. Wizkid & Ty Dolla $ign

17. Wizkid "Everytime" feat. Future

16. Wizkid & MUT4Y "Manya"

15. Wizkid "Naughty Ride" feat. Major Lazer

14. Jidenna "Boomerang"

13. Tiwa Savage "All Over"

12. Davido "FIA"

11. Maleek Berry "Been Calling"

10. Sarkodie "Pain Killer" feat. Runtown

9. Olamide "Wo!!"

8. Ycee "Juice"

7. Tiwa Savage "Ma Lo" feat. Wizkid & Spellz

6. French Montana "Unforgettable" feat. Swae Lee

5. Wande Coal & DJ Tunez "Iskaba"

4. Davido "Fall"

3. Davido "If"

2. Mr Eazi "Leg Over"

1. Wizkid "Come Closer" feat. Drake

Listen to our Best Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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