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These Somali-Kenyan Herders Ran After and Captured Two Cheetahs

The Cheetah is earth's fastest moving land animal. Or is it?

If there's one thing every grade-schooler knows it's that cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal. In a foot-race, humans don't stand a chance.


But wait, in 2013 a group of goat-herders in North Eastern Kenya proved this wrong. According to the BBC, after losing 15 goats—a significant blow to his livelihood—Nur Osman Hassan devised a plan. He waited until the hottest part of the day when cheetahs retire to the shade, and with three youth in tow chased the big cats over 4 miles on foot, overtaking the animals as they tired.

This is rather similar to the plot of American journalist Scott Carrier's book Running After Antelope which documents his attempts to chase down the second fastest animal on earth through a combination of wits and endurance. But while Carrier never manages to get one, the residents of Wajir town do. The cheetahs were handed over alive to local authorities.

For now, Hassan's goats are safe.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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