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Sierra Leone to Hold Election Runoff, Becomes First Country Ever to Use Blockchain Technology to Vote

Sierra Leone's 2018 election is an unprecedented one for the country.

Last Wednesday, the people of Sierra Leone headed to the polls to elect a new president. The race was primarily between Julius Maada Bio of the opposition party, Sierra Leone's People Party and Samura Kamara of the country's ruling party All People's Progress.

The two share a unique history. Back in 1996, Bio stepped into power following a military coup, in which he ousted then-leader Valentine Strasser, reports BBC Africa. He stood down after three months, when Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was elected, but not before appointing his current rival, Kamara as his minister of finance.

From the onset of this election, there were doubts that either party would win all of the seats. While Bio eventually won 43.3 percent of the vote, barely beaiting Kamara's 42.7 percent, this was not enough to secure the election, as Sierra Leonean law requires a candidate to win by 55 percent of the vote.


Sierra Leoneans will head to the polls again later this month for a second round of voting.

It's been an eventful vote for the country's citizens for more than one reason. Following the initial vote, Sierra Leone also became the first country ever to use block-chain technology to help verify voting results, reports Business Insider—a move that proponents hope will help prevent election tampering by storing election data in a public record.

Last year, Kenya faced a chaotic election re-run after opposition leader Raila Odinga went to the Supreme Court to challenge the win of incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, though things are shaping up to go a lot smoother in Sierra Leone.

The run-off is set to take place on March 27.

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.

South African rapper YoungstaCPT has released the music video for his track "Kleurling". The song features on his debut album 3T, the 22-track project which dropped in 2019. While "Kleurling" translates from Afrikaans to "Coloured", a member of a specific racial group in South Africa, the rapper has revealed his aversion to the term because of its historical implications. The visuals for the track, however, are an exquisite passage through Coloured identity, culture and origin with the cinematic execution to match.

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Watch Muzi Take Over Mars In His Latest Single 'Interblaktic'

Muzi has released astonishing afro-futuristic visuals for his latest electro fusion single 'Interblaktic', off his forthcoming album.

Electronic musician Muzi has dropped the much anticipated single and music video for his lead single "Interblaktic". This latest offering is a smooth electronic number that reflects Black joy and freedom on an intergalactic level.

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South African President Emphasises that 'Vaccine Apartheid' Must End

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, once again, called on developed nations to not exclude poorer countries from accessing COVID-19 vaccines.