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Uhuru Kenyatta Has Been Declared the Winner of Kenya's Contentious Re-run

He won 98 percent of the vote, despite the turnout being under 39 percent.

The Kenyan election commission has decalred President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the country's intense re-run of the presidential election, BBC reports.

Kenyatta got 7.5 million votes, or 98 percent of the votes that were cast—the voter turnout was only under 39 percent. This huge margin is due to not having to face a significant challenge after opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the re-run, calling the election a sham, AP reports.

Kenyans returned to cast their votes for the re-un on October 26, but 25 constituencies were suspended amid security fears. The commission says those results wouldn't affect the final outcome so it could move forward with its announcement.

Election Commission Chief Wafula Chebukati says that the country conducted a "free, fair and credible election" and that a "fresh team" of election staff worked the polls on the re-run day.

Odinga says he plans on making an announcement on Tuesday, as Kenya's opposition has 7 days to challenge the results.

Activist Akiya Omtatah has already filed a petition against Kenyatta and the election commission.

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Nigeria's NATIVE Records Partners With Def Jam Recordings

The Lagos and UK-based NATIVE Records, music division of the NATIVE network, will sign and develop new talent.

Def Jam Recordings has entered into a joint exclusive partnership with NATIVE Records. The recent venture was announced by Tunji Balogun, the Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings, Seni ‘Chubbz’ Saraki and Teni ‘Teezee’ Zaccheaus, Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of NATIVE Networks.

Balogun has had a lot of commercial success, and was instrumental in spearheading the careers of renowned artists like Wizkid and Tems, who have been at the forefront of pushing the African sound to the forefront. In their joint collaboration, both companies with use their years of expertise and acumen to develop African talent and place more African artists on the global music stratosphere.

Native Records is a Black-owned platform that was founded in 2016 by Saraki and Zaccheaus with Shola Fagbemi, Addy Edgal and Suleiman Shittu. It operates as the music branch of Native Networks and is dedicated to amplifying the voices of underrepresented African artists, and has been a driving force in the Afrobeats movement. The collaboration with Def Jam Recordings, an affiliate of Universal Music Group will synergize Afro-centric sounds and artists with mainstream hip hop, contemporary R&B, soul and pop artists and their management.

In a public statement, Tunji Balogun said that the partnership was an authentic deal that would open doors for new talent.

“As we build a culture here at Def Jam that connects the best in the global black music diaspora - from hip-hop and R&B to reggae, afrobeats and more — clearly some of the best, most vital, interesting and cutting-edge new artists and sounds in music today are coming out of the continent,” said Balogun. “Seni, Teni and the Native crew have their fingers on the pulse of what's truly happening in the scene, as an engine for discovery, and as a hub for creators and artists. I’ve been a fan of their platform, and have been connected to the guys for some time. Our partnership feels authentic and natural, and I believe we’re going to discover and develop some amazing talent together.”

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Oxlade Took a Leap of Faith and Landed On a Global Phenomenon

We talk to Oxlade about the phenomenon that is "Ku Lo Sa," his upcoming album, and the domino effect that has led him to this point.

Oxlade’s sultry voice was first introduced on his big break, Blaqbonez’s "Mamiwota," and from that moment it was apparent that Nigerian music had another star on its hands. It was a performance that helped change the tide towards mid and low-tempo songs in mainstream Nigerian music. It was only a matter of time before Oxlade proved to the world that he was a force to be reckoned with, and a special talent among the new guard of Afrobeats stars.

Olaitan Abdulrahman, popularly known by the name his grandfather gave him ‘Oxlade,’ has a success story that blossomed at the confluence of opportunity and preparation. The new superstar was never sure of his path when he was just making ends meet, all he had was a voice, one fine-tuned since adolescent choir years, and a heart that believed he was destined for more. Four years later, with a couple of hits in his catalog, and a record deal with Epic Records, the spotlight is now on Oxlade.

In a year that has had major young Nigerian stars like Rema and Fireboy DML push African music to bigger frontiers globally, Oxlade lays his claim as well with the viral hit "Ku Lo Sa." The eargasmic Afro-tune was Oxlade’s latest offering in collaboration with German creative house COLORS Studios. For Oxlade this was all unplanned but yet he’s grateful and excited to share what he has in store, the music he believes is the best version of Oxlade his growing fans have heard.

“I make ethereal music. Ethereal is something that is so delicate, and it's so special. That almost sounds godlike.”

We talk to Oxlade about the phenomenon that is "Ku Lo Sa," his incoming album, and the domino effect that has led him to this point.

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Tony Gum Delivers Her Cheesiest Project Yet With 'Milked In Africa'

The Coolest Kid in Cape Town's exhibit at NYC's Fotografiska illustrates that nothing beats the original.

South African fine artist Tony Gum has milked the international art scene for years — and now she's decided to let them know their place. The multifaceted award-winning creative recently completed her Milked In Africa residency at New York City's Fotografiska museum, her cheesiest project yet. In 'MIA', Gum uses dairy products to illustrate the fact that what is replicated cannot outshine the original.

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