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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.

Music

The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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