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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Supports Removal of Apartheid Statues

This past Heritage Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments 'glorifying' the country's 'divisive past' should be repositioned and relocated.

This past Thursday, South Africans once again celebrated Heritage Day. Naturally, conversations around conserving the heritage of Black South Africans were at the fore. In light of the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread across the world following continued police brutality and discrimination towards Black people in America, many African countries have been confronted with their own stark realities—the public glorification of colonialists in the form of statues. Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments "glorifying" the country's "divisive past" should be repositioned and relocated, according to EWN.

READ: Statue of Colonialist Cecil John Rhodes Found Beheaded

Putting his full weight behind an ongoing campaign to have statues of pro-Apartheid individuals removed, President Ramaphosa said:

"This has generated controversy, with some saying we are trying to erase our history. Building a truly non-racial society means being sensitive to the lived experiences of all this country's people. We make no apologies for this because our objective is to build a united nation."

Additionally, the head-of-state also declared that certain towns and cities would be renamed and that new statues and monuments would be erected to honour those who had fought against the segregationist regime.

According to BusinessTech, some of the suggestions include renaming East London to KuGompo, King William's Town to Qonce and The Berlin to Ntabozuko. The process to rename Cape Town International Airport has now 'reached the end' of its public response phase. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have especially fought for the airport to be named after anti-Apartheid veteran and activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

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Mayorkun Is Back In Office

We speak with Mayorkun about his sophomore album, Back In Office, and why he had to step away from the scene for a while.

Mayorkun says he held down the lockdown — and he sure did. During the thick of the pandemic, the Nigerian star flourished, feeding the appetites of bored, music-hungry listeners whose favorites shied away from releasing new music in a period of uncertainty.

During that time, Mayorkun dictated music conversations and dominated charts with a slew of singles like "Geng," "Of Lagos" and "Betty Butter." He also provided the activation energy when called upon by colleagues for collaborations, fleshing out his dominance through various means.

At the turn of the new year, the Mayor of Lagos — as he’s fondly called — stepped away from the music scene to divert attention to his sophomore album. Back In Office comes three years after his debut and the new record showcases an elevation in Mayorkun’s artistry. The sonic framework is a cohesive blend of melodic flourishes and laidback drums with Mayorkun opening up about his struggles on songs like "Soldier Boy" and "Piece of Mind." One of the visible differences between his debut and this new record lies in the Nigerian artist's vocals and songwriting which have grown smoother, richer and deeper.

“I'd like to say growth,” Mayorkun tells me about what has changed about him in the last three years. “Because I wouldn’t have made these types of songs at that time. At that time, I wasn’t trying to experiment and I feel if you don’t, you won’t grow.”

Below, we talk about his hiatus, his new album, and the pressures that come with fame.

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