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The Stories You Need To Know: 5 Million New Voters For Kenyan Elections, SA Neighbors Ban Poultry Imports, And More

The Kenyan electoral commission announced that there were 5 million new voters registered for the upcoming presidential elections.

KENYA–On Tuesday, the Kenyan electoral commission announced that there were five million new voters registered for the upcoming presidential elections which will take place in August. Read the full story here.


ZIMBABWE–Ex-freedom fighters have lauded Minister of War Veterans Tshinga Dube for openly telling President Robert Mugabe to name his successor. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia have banned poultry imports from South Africa, following an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. Read the full story here.

 

Interview

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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