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Jacob Zuma Has Officially Resigned

The president of South Africa announced his resignation in a televised address on Wednesday.

The time has finally come.

After weeks of tireless speculation, Jacob Zuma has officially resigned his post as president of the South Africa. He addressed the nation in a televised speech on Wednesday, reports BBC Africa.

"I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability," he said during his address. "As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served all of my life in," he said later in his speech.

Zuma, who took office in 2009, had been urged by his own party, the ANC to resign immediately earlier in the week or risk facing a vote of no confidence.

The party released a statement on Wednesday, saying that Zuma stepping down has brought "certainty to the people of South Africa.

His presidency has been rife with scandal, and corruption. A graphic from News 24 calculates the number of scandals, motions of no confidence, finance ministers and more during his almost 10 year presidency, view it below.

Many South Africans have been waiting for this day, and are using humor to share their excitement about the news on social media. Zuma has finally fallen.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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