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Mugabe Resigns—Finally

The Zimbabwean president and independence hero Robert Mugabe resigned today after 37 years in office.

Weeks, months, years even of speculation have come down to this moment—Robert Mugabe has resigned.

After a confounding speech on Sunday where he was widely expected to resign and didn't, the Zimbabwean president has sent a letter to the speaker of parliament announcing that he is stepping down. After Sunday's speech, a made for TV moment amidst a military coup, Mugabe was widely lauded as a savvy survivor who was somehow singlehandedly outwitting the entire Zimbabwean military apparatus and Zanu PF ruling party.

But alas, all things must end. And so as Zimbabwean parliament moved to impeach, Mugabe finally sent his resignation letter where it was announced by the speaker Jacob Mubenda just minutes ago. People are reportedly celebrating in the streets of Harare and Bulawayo.







As we pointed out last week after the coup, Zimbabwe without Mugabe is certainly a symbolic victory for those trying to move Zimbabwe forward but on a practical level an Emmerson Mnangagwa presidency—an outcome that is almost certain at this point—is not a lot different.
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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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