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The Stories You Need To Know: The Weeknd’s Donation To Uganda, Helen Zille’s Suspension, Lesotho’s Elections, And Zanzibar’s Bid To Join FIFA

From Helen Zille's suspension to Zanzibar's bid to join FIFA, here are the stories you need to know.

SOUTH AFRICA—On Saturday, former leader of the opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille was suspended as member of the party due to her failure to apologize for her series of tweets defending colonialism in March. This was announced by the party’s leader Mmusi Maimane in a conference on Saturday. The party however issued a statement stating the former leader’s suspension was… well, suspended. Read the statement here.


LESOTHO—Citizens of Lesotho took to the polls on Saturday, in an election that has been deemed a “two-horse race” between old rivals Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Thomas Thabane. However, there was a heavy army presence of which there was no explanation for.

Read the full story here.

ZANZIBAR—The country has submitted a bid to become part of FIFA. Its previous bid to join the international football body in 2005 was rejected by FIFA. If the country, which is a part of Tanzania with its own government, is given the approval, it will be able to participate in the World Cup qualifying competition in 2022. Read the full story here.

UGANDAThe Weeknd has donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children’s medical facility in Budondo, Uganda. He made the donation to French Montana’s “Unforgettable” campaign, in which he donated $100, 000 and encouraged other stars to do the same. Read the full story here.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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