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The MOBO Awards Are Taking the Year Off to 'Revamp'

The award show will be back "bigger and bolder" in 2019 says the CEO.

The UK-based MOBO awards, dedicated to recognizing the work of black musicians, will be taking a break in 2018, reports The Fader.

Awards organizers announced on Tuesday that the show will return in 2019, but will take the year off to revamp. "We understand that the MOBO Awards will be missed this year, but we will be back in 2019, bigger and bolder," says MOBO CEO Kanya King.

The award show has long recognized the work of African artists. Past winners include Idris Elba, British-Ghanaian grim heavyweight Stormzy who was the most awarded artist at last year's show, as well as Nigerian pop stars Davido and Wizkid. British-Gambian MC J Hus also took home an award at last year's show.



Instead of holding an awards ceremony this year, organizers plan to honor artists with an event at London's British Library in October, reports the Fader.

Folks have been reacting to the announcement online with some supporting the decision, and others a tad more skeptical. Check out some responses to the news below.









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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Sarkodie, Amaarae, Stonebwoy, KiDi x Teddy Riley and more.

In September 2020, Ghana's most talented artists and producers came through as usual, and blessed us with several songs that have been the soundtrack of our month. Debut projects, international collaborations and more were dished out, so here we give you the cream of the crop. Check out our best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Togo Makes Historic Appointment with First Ever Woman Prime Minister

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe recently appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister.

Togo made history this past Monday after it appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister, according to the BBC. Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe appointed Dogbe, his chief-of-staff since 2009, following the resignation of Komi Selom Klassou last week Friday. President Gnassingbe was reportedly due for a cabinet reshuffle in February of this year, however, this was delayed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Willy Paul, Diamond Platnumz, Fik Fameica, Ali Kiba, Zuchu and more.

These are the hottest tracks from East Africa released in the month of September.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Mali Announces New Interim Prime Minister Following Ongoing Protests

Mali has announced former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the country's new interim Prime Minister.