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Zimbabwe's President Says He Offered Donald Trump Land at Victoria Falls to Build a Golf Course

How does this count as a legitimate foreign policy strategy?

The United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York City, and as you might suspect there are a lot of attempts by world leaders to gain the favor of other world leaders in the name of foreign policy.

The latest case of this involves Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who revealed in a speech at an investor's forum that he offered US President Donald Trump a piece of land near one of Zimbabwe's biggest wildlife attractions, Victoria Falls, in order for him to build a golf course, reports ABC News.

That's correct; a course to play golf.

"I had offered President Trump ground to build a state-of-the-art golf course so that as he plays he can be able to see the big five," said Mnangagwa—referring to wildlife such as lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and leopards (lest we forget Trump's offspring's "killer" treatment of wildlife upon their 2010 trip to Zimbabwe).

While it seemed, at first, that Mnangagwa was simply joking, he confirmed that he did in fact make the offer earlier this year to Trump's staffers during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to support Trump's biggest pastime.


Mnangagwa is undoubtedly looking to get on Trump's "good side" (assuming there is one), in order to gain economic investment in the Southern African nation—something the leader has made a top priority since entering office. His quest to cozy up to Western leaders in order to serve his political interests, differs significantly from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe's approach—though they both have overall crooked leadership in common.

Several African leaders, with the exception, maybe, of Rwanda Paul Kagame—who went through with a trade embargo on secondhand clothing from the United States despite threats from Trump—continue to pander to Trump despite his overall lack of sense and blatant disrespect for African nations in order to fuel economic interests. However, their attempts rarely appear to bear fruit. It's obvious that any agreement between Mnangagwa and Trump would be a highly questionable operation.

Earlier this year, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was seen having a "grand old" time with the president upon his visit to the US to the annoyance of many Nigerians. We suspect that Zimbabweans might have felt similarly upon learning of their president's willingness to grant valuable land to Trump for him to live out his Tiger Woods pipe dream on. How does this count as a legitimate foreign policy strategy?







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The single, off of Wizkid's 2020 Grammy-nominated masterpiece Made In Lagos, was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Global Music Album and Performance categories respectively. Due to the travel restrictions recently imposed on African countries because of the latest COVID-19 variant, the soulful rendition was performed from an empty stadium, instead of live from Fallon's New York City studio.

Made In Lagos has not left the charts since its release in October 2020, and the success continues to rain in for Wizkid, as the afrobeats star's project recently made history. During his European leg of his Made In Lagos tour, the singer was honored by London's infamous O2 music arena for being the first African musician to sell out 3 shows in a row.

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After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Basel Miami returned in person to celebrate the arts, bringing many viewers from around the world to the city for a 3-day event at the Miami Convention Center. Hundreds of art purveyors filled the building for a time of conversation, art, and inspiration – all while adhering to this yea's mask-wearing requirements. The city of Miami bubbled as hotels, restaurants, and bars were the epicenter of entertainment, boasting lavish parties with celebrities from across the country taking part in the action.

An artist who caught our attention was Serge Attukwei Clottey from Ghana, who presented his work at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel titled, The Bodies Left Behind. Clottey, who’s best known for repurposing plastic Kufuor gallons in his artwork as a means of exploring issues like global warming, water scarcity, and other environmental issues, staged a month-long exhibition, in partnership with the hotel. It allowed the artist and his team to further dive into the issue of global warming and water scarcity, throughout the hotel. The exhibition left guests of the hotel curious about his work.

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With a fresh Grammy nod and production work for big names like Wizkid, Rema, Johnny Drille, Ayra Starr and Tiwa Savage, the young beat smith's career is as bright as ever.

You may have heard his tag on your favorite afrobeats hits, it's so catchy that producers from other parts of the world have attempted to steal it.

Kaduna-bred star hitmaker LONDON is known for his futuristic and innovative fresh take on afrobeats. With bangers like “Gyrate” by Wizkid, “Koroba” by Tiwa Savage and “Soundgasm” by Rema under his belt, it’s crazy to think his journey as a music producer only started in 2018.

Born Michael Ovie Hunter as an only child in London, England to a Hausa mom and British dad, then raised in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, producer LONDON’s journey into music production isn't exactly far-fetched. He started out with a passion for graphic design before experimenting with keyboards and drums at his church, where he recorded melodies to impress his friends at school. Like many Nigerian artists, LONDON got his start making music at church where many of his family members were heavily involved in the choir . He first downloaded Fruity Loops Studio software on his laptop in 2018 but he felt discouraged because couldn’t figure out how to use it. After hanging around his friend's studio and several Youtube tutorials later, LONDON finally understood the whole music production ‘thing.’

LONDON’s early compositions caught the attention of veteran Nigerian music producer BabyFresh, the architect behind some of Nigeria’s biggest afro pop hits in the past decade such as “‘Allover” by Tiwa Savage, “Problem” by Reekado Banks and “Adaobi” by the Mavins. He took him under his wing and taught him the tricks of the trade in music production. This brought LONDON closer to the Mavin Records family where Baby Fresh is an in-house producer, ultimately leading to his big break in the industry.

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