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Nigeria Honors South African President With a Statue, and Everyone is Wondering Why

President Jacob Zuma had a statue erected in his honor, and a street named after him for some reason.

Last week Saturday, South African president Jacob Zuma visited Nigeria to "strengthen socio-economic relations and deepen cooperation in education" between the two countries.

While visiting Nigeria's Imo State, Zuma was honored with giant bronze statue of him. Most people (from both South Africa and Nigeria), who expressed their views on Twitter, aren't so sure why the gift was necessary.



But it didn't stop there, as Nigeria further honored Zuma by naming a street after him and governor of the Imo State, Mr Owelle Okorocha bestowed on Zuma the Imo Merit Award.

The Imo Merit Award honors distinguished personalities who develop their communities.

Everyone is wondering why.












Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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