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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:

Pres'l Results: Buhari Wins Lagos www.youtube.com

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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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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