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The Stories You Need To Know: 15% Salary Cuts For Kenyan MPs, 4 Lions On The Loose In South Africa, And More

Kenyan MPs are among the most paid lawmakers in the world, at $7200 per month.

KENYA–Kenyan MPs are among the most paid lawmakers in the world, at $7200 per month. After the country’s August 8 elections, however, that amount will be adjusted by 15%. This was a decision made by the country’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission, which is part of a plan to reduce Kenya’s public sector wages by 35%. Read the full story here.

UGANDA–Popular artist Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who recently got elected as MP, will be sworn in at Parliament today (Tuesday). Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICAN– Actress and model Nomzamo Mbatha is nominated for an African Pride Award, in the Outstanding Achievement in Film category, alongside Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Madina Nalwanga (Queen of Katwe), among others. View the full list of nominees here.

SOUTH AFRICA–Four lions which escaped from Kruger National Park on Sunday are still on the loose. They were last seen in the village of Matsulu in the Mpumalanga province where Kruger National Park is situated. Read the full statement by South African National Parks here.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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