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Nigeria's President Buhari Denies Rumors That He Died & Was Replaced By a Sudanese Impersonator

You really can't make this stuff up.

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari assures us that he is still very much alive, following a widespread rumor that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The president was forced to break his silence and address the conspiracy that had been spreading across social media for several months. Though the roots of the rumor are unclear, videos have been shared and viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook, stating that the country was being ruled by a clone named Jubril in the president's absence, Business Insider reports.


"It's real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong," said Buhari during a town hall meeting in Poland.

The ailing president, who is running for re-election next February, infamously spent five months in London last year for medical treatment, leaving many to speculate about the state of his health. "The ignorant rumours are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead," Buhari wrote on his Twitter.

He called those spreading the conspiracy "ignorant and irreligious."

Jubril the Sudanese imposter may not be running the country, but the fact that such a rumor can be so widely shared and believed, says a lot about how Buhari and his presidency are perceived. It also reflects calls from many Nigerians that the country needs a younger, more fit president to support it's increasingly young population.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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