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Kenyans Want the Election to be Over—These Are Their Reactions

Kenyan Twitter reacts to the unrest following Uhuru's win in round 1 of the presidential election.

KENYA—Round 1 of the Kenyan Elections took place yesterday and according to provisional results, Uhuru Kenyatta, the current president, stands for re-election after winning 54.3 percent of votes.


Kenya follows a modified version of the two-round system. Because Kenyatta won more than 50 percent of votes it's unlikely that there will be a round 2, unless he fails to fulfill the second condition— winning  25 percent of votes in at least 24 counties.

After hearing of Kenyatta's victory, his main challenger and long-time rival Raila Odinga called the results a "complete fraud," claiming the new electronic system used to count the votes had been hacked.  He later posted on his Twitter account a series of "proof" corroborating his story.

The two candidates have a  deep inherited rivalry. Kenyatta's father, a Kikuyu, was the first President of Kenya and Odinga, a Luo, was his vice-president. When the two of them bitterly parted ways  in 1966, political rivalries between the two ethnic groups ensued.

This is also not the first time Odinga has contested an election's results. In both 2007 and 2013, he ran against Uhuru and following his loss declared the elections rigged. The elections took a dramatic turn in 2007, when 1200 people where killed in post-ballot violence.

While this time most parts of Kenya remained calm, angry protesters from Mathara and Kisumu took to the streets to express their discontent. According to Aljazeera, at least three people were shot dead as police and protesters clashed.

Here is what Kenyan Twitter had to say about the recent events:

 

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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