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Kenyans On Twitter Think The Chaotic 2017 Elections Would Make For A Great Movie

After a series of dramatic events, Kenyans will head to the polls tomorrow for a revote.

Could this finally be the end to Kenya's two month-long election crisis? Many seem to be hoping so.

Kenyans will return to the polls tomorrow, October 26 to vote for their new president, following a number of major setbacks.


The results of the first election, which took place on August 8, were brought to the Supreme Court by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who accused the ruling party, lead by incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, of election tampering. The court ruled to annul the election Though his efforts to scrap the results of the first election were successful, Odinga subsequently dropped out of the repeat race on October 10, claiming that the election committee still had not taken the proper measures to ensure a free and fair election.

Large demonstrations, held by Odinga supporters, took place in the capital and other major cities in the days after, leading the government to ban protests in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Protests turned violent, and a reported 37 people were killed by police following the August election.

Last week, Roselyn Akombe, a senior elections officer, fled to New York in fear of her life. On Tuesday night, the driver of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was shot, but remains in stable condition, reports CNN. It is believed this may have been a political attack targeted at Mwilu.

It's undoubtedly been a lengthy and tumultuous election season for Kenyans. Folks have been watching the events unfold on a daily basis like an enjoyable TV melodrama—except this is real life, so is not at all enjoyable. Many are expressing relief in the fact that it might come to an end soon.





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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

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