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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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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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