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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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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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