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Raila Odinga Just Declared Himself the 'People's President' of Kenya In a Makeshift Swearing In Ceremony

Opposition leader Raila Odinga declared himself the "people's president" of Kenya on Tuesday.

Who is the rightful president of Kenya?

Well, many believed it was long-standing Uhuru Kenyatta, after he beat main opposition leader, Raila Odinga in an unprecedented election rerun last October, but it seems Odinga—after having accused his rival of election tampering and initiating the rerun—remained discontent with the outcome. He argued that no true reform had occurred within Kenya's election committee, and urged his supporters to continue to challenge the results.


The opposition leader led his own psuedo-inauguration on Tuesday morning, in which he declared himself the "people's president," reports BBC Africa.

The ceremony was attended by some of his most loyal supporters, who participated despite threats from the government that it would be considered treason if they were to do so.

The national government refused to broadcast the event on television.

During the ceremony, Odinga declared that he has a "high[er] calling to assume the office of the people's president of the Republic of Kenya." But many are calling the ordeal a blatant publicity stunt.

According to BBC Africa, the event lasted just 20 minutes, and Mr. Odinga left his supporters confused and wanting more out of the affair. Though the event was considered illegal by the government, some argue that nothing took place that they law doesn't allow for, as Kenyans reserve the constitutional right to exercise their power directly through peaceful assembly.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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