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Ndaba Mandela Opens Up About Testing Positive for Coronavirus

OkayAfrica joined the author, and grandson of Nelson Mandela, via IG Live to discuss his positive results and how the virus is impacting South Africans.

On Sunday, Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of South African liberation icon Nelson Mandela, confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus. He is one of the latest public figures to announce a positive diagnosis, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the continent.

OkayAfrica spoke with the author and mentor via IG live from South Africa, where there are now over 400 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Ndaba opened up about the steps he's taken to deal with the virus, the response from the South African government and more in a conversation with OkayAfrica's CEO Abiola Oke, who joined him during the live session.

He revealed that he initially got tested, despite not showing any symptoms, after President Cyril Ramaphosa urged those who had recently travelled abroad to get tested. "I got a little bit freaked out," said Ndaba upon receiving his positive test result. He was eventually able to calm himself down and urged others who may be facing anxiety around the spread of the virus to do the same. "People need to stay calm and not panic," said Mandela. He reiterated the importance of taking necessary precautions to curb the spread of the virus, such as social distancing.

Check out a snippet of the conversation below:


Ndaba is one of the first well-known South African figures to share a positive diagnosis and he believes that, as someone who is considered "relatable," opening up about it to the public will lead to people taking the virus more seriously. "A virus does not look at color or social demographic or how rich you are," he said. "It just moves opportunistically from one victim to the next."

Mandela, who is the author of the book Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, ended by sharing a lesson from his grandfather that he felt would help during this time of uncertainty. "He did everything in light of the rights of people that were infringed and those who lacked," said Mdaba. "For me it's about, how do we help those who are in vulnerable positions."

"Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite," he added, directly quoting his grandfather's words. "Let us find ways to support each other so we can get through this with the least amount of casualties as possible."

The full video is currently available for viewing via Mandela's IG page, catch it while it's still available.


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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