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Zimbabwe Becomes Second African Country to Legalize Marijuana Cultivation

The government will allow individuals and businesses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

Zimbabwe is the second African nation to legalize marijuana cultivation, reports Reuters.

The country's Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa announced the government's plan to allow individuals and businesses licenses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

The five-year license permits growers to produce, possess and sell marijuana, which is known locally as mbanje. Those convicted of past drug offenses are not eligible to apply.


Prior to this ruling, marijuana was illegal in Zimbabwe, those caught with it in their possession faced up to 12 years in prison.

Last year, Lesotho—where marijuana is the main cash crop—granted Africa's first legal marijuana license to a South African medical company.

According to the United Nation's 2017 World Drug Report, the continent is second only to the U.S. in marijuana consumption.

For more on the legalization of weed on the continent, revisit the piece "What Would Legal Marijuana Look Like On the Continent."

UPDATE: According to journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono It appears that gaining a license will set growers back $50,000. He tweeted a picture of what, appears to be, a copy of the application, which lists a cost of $50,000 to produce marijuana, a $20,000 renewal application, a $5,000 fee to conduct marijuana research and more.

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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Sho Madjozi Drops New Upbeat Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi drops her latest mixtape 'What A Life' featuring Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi and many more.

Sho Madjozi has released her latest mixtape titled What A Life. This is the second official release from the artist following her wildly successful 2018 debut album, Limpopo Champions League. The South African "John Cena" hitmaker has come back with a banging nine-track project. Sho Madjozi's What A Life which is a compilation of bangers with some of her own favourite South African artists. Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi, DJ Mfundhisi, Sunglen Chabalala and Russian Army feature on the mixtape. This mixtape drops just a few months after Sho Madjozi signed a major deal with American record label, Epic Records.

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Watch Kizz Daniel's Latest 'Boys Are Bad' Music Video

Kizz Daniel drops the visuals for 'Boys Are Bad' which features on his third studio album, 'King of Love'.

Nigerian artist Kizz Daniel has dropped the sexy visuals for his hit single "Boys Are Bad" which features on his third studio album, King of Love. The Afropop hitmaker recently shared news of the vibrant song's visuals on social media. The brief but undeniably alluring music video is treated with an array of mellow colours which collectively set the tone for a laid-back atmosphere. According to PulseNG, Kizz Daniel has created a "captivating and groovy dancehall video" for "Boys Are Bad".

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Netflix Cancels Second Season of 'Queen Sono' Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Netflix has reportedly cited filming challenges that have been brought on by the pandemic as the reason for their decision to cancel the second season of the spy-thriller series, 'Queen Sono'.