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Namibians Head to the Polls to Cast Their Votes in the National Elections

At least 1.3 million Namibians have registered to vote in today's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Voting polls across Namibia are officially open as the country carries out its presidential and parliamentary elections. According to Aljazeera, at least 1.3 million Namibians have registered to vote in today's national elections which see 11 candidates competing for the presidency and 15 political parties vying for seats in parliament.


President Hage Geingob, of the ruling South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), is seeking to be re-elected for a second term. Unlike other liberation movements which have since becoming governments following democratic elections in Sub-Saharan Africa, SWAPO has managed to consistently maintain its support since Namibia's independence from Germany according to Henning Melber of News24. However, following economic woes and a corruption scandal that rocked the country's key fishing industry, unemployed youth especially have now turned their attention to former SWAPO member, Panduleni Itula, who is running as an independent candidate.

Esther Muinjangue, on the other, is the first woman in Namibia's history to run for president. The leader of the opposition party National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO), Muinjangue says that she wants to "restore dignity" to the 2.45 million Namibian citizens. She adds that, "You hear a lot of people complaining about the (ruling) SWAPO-led government. There was apathy among the youth but now you see at every rally...more and more young people coming on board."

Other opposition parties vying for seats in parliament include the Popular Democratic Movement and the relatively new Landless People's Movement. Aside from unemployment and poverty, several other issues which voters want to be urgently addressed include drought, education, water supply and corruption. The Namibian reports that the US embassy was selected as the official observer of the elections to ensure transparency and credibility.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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