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Cyril Ramaphosa Is South Africa's New President

Will Cyril Ramaphosa bring about a new era for the country as hoped?

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa has been named President of South Africa, following an uncontested nomination by the ruling party, reports CNN.

This comes just hours after Jacob Zuma announced his resignation in a television address. The former president had been forced to step down by the ANC, who threatened a vote of no confidence. "No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name," Zuma said during his speech. "I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect."

"Even though I disagree with the decision of the Leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC," he continued.

Rampaphosa was elected head of the ANC in December, promising to challenge corruption and economic turbulence. He is often celebrated for his role in helping negotiate a peaceful transition to democracy following the end of apartheid.

He was met with applause in the house after being sworn in on Tuesday.

The response from South Africans so far, has been most celebratory as many believe that Ramaphosa is a good fit for the presidency, and are calling this a "new era" for the country. Some are jsimply glad that Zuma is gone.

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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