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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


Olamide

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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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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