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HARARE, ZIMBABWE - SEPTEMBER 06. Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa holds a press conference at State House:on September 6, 2019 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The current President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Managagwa, cut short his visit to the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa on hearing of the death of former President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe to Return Land to Previously Evicted White Farmers

Amid the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe, the government will reportedly return land which was seized under the Mugabe era to white farmers both in the country and those abroad.

The Zimbabwean government is reportedly set to start returning land which seized from white farmers during the Mugabe era. In the 1980s, some 4500 farms were expropriated without compensation from white farmers to approximately 300 000 Black Zimbabweans shortly after independence. The fertile agricultural land had originally been seized by British colonialists in what was then known as Rhodesia. According to several reports, the Zimbabwean government has recently signed a USD 3.5 billion compensation agreement with white farmers both in the country and abroad.

In a statement released by the Zimbabwean government, they communicate that, "Where the situation presently obtaining on the ground makes it impractical to restore land in this category to its former owners, government will offer the former farm owners alternative land elsewhere as restitution where such land is available." However, given the complexities of this initiative, the government adds that they will "revoke the offer letters of resettled (Black) farmers currently occupying those pieces of land and offer them alternative land elsewhere."

The news of the compensation agreement comes amid an ongoing socio-political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. There have been ongoing protests in the country both on the ground and online under the banner of Zimbabwean Lives Matter. Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume and veteran author Tsitsi Dangarembga have been among those imprisoned by authorities in the wake of these protests.

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While the South African government recently sent a special envoy to facilitate discussions with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his cabinet, the outcome of those discussions are still unclear. Mnangagwa maintains that "there is no crisis" in the Southern African country.

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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