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JUPITER, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: President Donald Trump speaks about the environment during a stop at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on September 08, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. President Trump announced an expansion of a ban on offshore drilling and highlighted conservation projects in Florida. President Trump faces off against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the presidency.

South African Government Slams President Trump Over Alleged 'Fuck Mandela' Comments

Both the ANC and Nelson Mandela Foundation have denounced President Trump's allegedly 'disparaging' comments about the late Anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) government and Nelson Mandela Foundation have fired back at recent comments allegedly made by American President Donald Trump about the late anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela. In a book titled Disloyal, a Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J Trump and written by Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, Trump reportedly describes the former Nobel Peace Prize-winning statesman saying, "Mandela fucked the whole country up. Now it's a shithole. Fuck Mandela. He was no leader."


While shocking, Trump's comments are admittedly unsurprising. The American president has, in the past, made several disparaging comments and remarks about African countries and their respective governments. Back in 2018, he referred to Haiti and other African nations as "shithole" countries. Speaking further on the matter and in relation to immigration specifically, Trump dug in his heels asking, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Trump has also tweeted about how South Africa is a "crime ridden mess" and "dangerous" as far back as 2013.

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In response to Trump's comments about Mandela, the ANC released a statement which in part reads, "All freedom-loving people of the world are appalled by these insults, which come from a person who himself is not a model of competent leadership." The ruling party added that Trump is a "divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful person" who could take a page from Mandela's book in terms of leadership.

Additionally, the Nelson Mandela Foundation issued their own statement which, according to EWN, reads: "...Leaders who conduct themselves in the way that Trump does [are] not in a position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work of Madiba."

In response to the furore around Cohen's memoir, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that, "Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer who lied to Congress." McEnany went on to add that, "He has lost all credibility, and it's unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies."

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Listen to Berri's Infectious Afropop Single 'Fire'

The emerging singer makes a confident debut.

Emerging singer and Big Brother Records artist Berri, real name Agada Blessed, kickstarts his foray into the Nigerian music space with his debut single "Fire."

Produced by Dir. X, the mid-tempo tune sees Berri make a bold statement that he's here to stay, and that nobody can kill the "Fire" within him to make great music. Berri poured his whole heart out on this inaugural track, connecting and creating dope musical chemistry with the producer.

At just 16-years-old, Berri's debut comes at a time when young artists in Nigeria are becoming a great force to reckon with. As he joins that league, the multi-talented singer has started on a great note with "Fire." He sings "oil dey my head" over the mid-tempo pop beat, a bold declaration of his unwavering belief in himself.

Stream "Fire," available for streaming and download on all digital stores worldwide.

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