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Muhammadu Buhari assures us that he is still very much alive, following a widespread rumor that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike.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

15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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