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Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Has Died

He will be missed by very few Zimbabweans.

Aljazeera reports that Zimbabwe's former president and leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), Robert Mugabe, has died at the age of 95. The former statesman, who was forced to resign back in 2017 in the infamous "coup-not-coup", had ruled the country for close to four decades. In his latter years, although he denied reports that he was suffering from advanced prostate cancer, he frequented Singapore for medical treatment and was visibly frail.


Mugabe's death admittedly leaves very few Zimbabweans sorrowful. Initially touted as a liberation hero for his fight in the armed struggle which ultimately brought independence to what was then the British colony called Rhodesia, Mugabe became the stereotypical embodiment of "absolute power corrupts absolutely".

While several Pan-Africanist scholars and leaders have lauded Mugabe for his notorious expropriation of land from White Farmers in 1980, there are also those who feel that he was nothing but a glorified dictator. Under his brutal rule, many Zimbabwean citizens, activists such as Itai Dzamara and politicians including Joshua Nkomo were allegedly killed for their political dissent. The genocide of at least 20,000 Ndebele people, known as Gukurahundi, occurred under his regime. The country's economy, under Mugabe, began to spiral and has never recovered since.

Following his infamous fall back in 2017, Mugabe's health declined quite rapidly. We cannot report that he will be missed by many Zimbabweans.

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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