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Muhammadu Buhari Has Won Nigeria's Presidential Elections

Muhammadu Buhari will be serving a second term in office.

In the early hours of this morning, the electoral commission announced that 76-year-old Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress secured 56% of the vote. Buhari defeated his rival Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party by 4 million votes. However, opposition parties have alleged that poll rigging, electoral malpractice as well as violence, resulted in voting irregularities.


After announcing that he would be running for re-election in the 2019 presidential elections, many Nigerians were not elated by the news and expressed their sentiments on social media. They felt that Buhari needed to make room for younger blood and that it was time for him to gracefully step down.

Speaking on his victory today, Buhari said:

"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind, or left out."

Watch the electoral commission's announcement below:

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READ: 5 Young Nigerians Share Their Hopes and Fears for the Upcoming Election

After the elections were postponed for a week, just hours before voting was set to begin, it is a relief that the results have finally been announced. At least 47 Nigerians were killed across the country due to election violence.

However, the People's Democratic Party, has cited poll rigging, vote buying and the altering of voter data and wants the results for at least two states to be rerun. This may very well lead to an official and legal challenge of the election results and Buhari's win.

International observers, however, stated that the irregularities were not enough to change the overall results.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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The 12 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Shatta Wale, Samini, Sarkodie and more.

March has been quite an eventful month around the world. While almost everything has come to a standstill due to the pandemic, the creative world hasn't stopped. In an attempt to keep the content coming during this time of social distancing and self isolation, both the top shots and emerging acts have been showing out. As March comes to a close we give you a list of some of the best songs to come out of Ghana this month. Check them out below.

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Harmonize, Rayvanny, Mbosso, Vinka and more.

East African artists have been keeping our spirits up with upbeat and catchy releases this month. Here are our picks for the best East African songs of the month.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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