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Tanzanian President John Magufuli attends the burial ceremony of the former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has died age 81 at Mkapas home village in Lupaso, southern Tanzania, on July 29, 2020.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli Has Died

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died from reported heart complications following two weeks where the status of his health was unknown.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died at the age of 61. The head-of-state was reportedly receiving treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam where he allegedly succumbed to a heart condition. The news was confirmed recently by the country's Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan on state television.


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President Magufuli's death comes after a two-week absence from the public which began February 27th. There were countless rumours about the status of Magufuli's health and rampant speculation that he had in fact contracted COVID-19. Several opposition leaders called on the Tanzanian government to account for the president's distinct absence, according to Aljazeera. However, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa responded by saying that Magufuli was healthy and "hard at work".

Magufuli was notably vocal about his anti-COVID-19 and vaccine sentiments. Tanzania has had comparably less preventive COVID-19 measures with Magufuli having publicly declared that the East African nation was free of of COVID-19 following prayer. Magufuli announced, "I believe, and I'm certain that many Tanzanians believe, the corona disease has been eliminated by God." The country currently has 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 20 deaths. However, these figures are a gross underrepresentation of the country's reality as new information has not been shared since May of last year.

According to TimesLIVE, Hassan is set to take over as president for the remainder of Magufuli's second 5-year term which he assumed last year. This would make Hassan the first woman president ever of Tanzania.

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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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