The Pop Stars That Swayed Nigeria’s Political Change

A roundup of how Nigeria's pop stars reacted to General Muhammadu Buhari's win and the landslide victory for All Progressives Congress


In Africa’s most closely watched election to date, key issues were corruption and economic inequality in oil-rich Nigeria. But above all the biggest concern was the security crisis, and Boko Haram’s violent reign of terror made voters reconsider, rally and then elect former iron-fisted military head of state Muhammadu Buhari on the All Progressives Congress (APC) party ticket. Rapper Olamide came out early in full support of Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo with the songs “APC ese (Thank you)” and “The Change We Want”. He also collaborated with APC supporter and Fuji legend King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (Kwam 1) on the feel-good track “State of the Nation."

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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