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"We'd Stage the Whole Thing:" Cambridge Analytica Executive on Rigging Kenyan Elections

Two of the company's executives were caught on camera boasting about their involvement in tampering with the country's 2013 and 2017 elections.

On Monday, a report from UK-based news outlet, Channel 4 blew the lid on a number of illegal offenses committed by British data company Cambridge Analytica.

Amongst their many violations—which includes tampering with several elections around the world, bribing leaders, and even enlisting sex workers to entrap politicians—it's been discovered that the company also tampered with elections in Kenya in both 2013 and 2017.


Managing Director of Cambridge Analytica's political division, Mark Turnbull and chief executive Alexander Nix were filmed on camera revealing the role the company played in helping produce propaganda for the ruling party, led by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

In the video, shared by Channel 4, the two were secretly filmed boasting about tampering with over 200 elections around the world, in places like Sri Lanka, Nigeria, India and Argentina. Turnbull goes in detail about the extent of the company's involvement in Kenya in particular, admitting that they worked behind the scenes to help create messaging that would influence voters by painting Kenyatta in a positive light, while tarnishing the reputation of his opponent Odinga.

"We have rebranded the entire party twice, written their manifesto, done two rounds of 50,000 surveys," he can be heard saying around the 9 minute mark. "Then we'd write all the speeches and we'd stage the whole thing. So just about every element of his campaign."

Kenya's past election was rife with scandal, leading to an infamous election re-run initiated by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who accused Kenyatta of rigging the election. Kenyatta ended up winning the majority of the vote in both elections.

The company has denied the accusations, claiming that the footage was "grossly misrepresented," and that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called 'honeytraps."

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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