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Zimbabweans Remain Optimistic as They Vote In Historic Election

Zimbabweans are hoping for change after 37 years under the rule of Mugabe.

All eyes are on Zimbabwe, as the country heads to the poll to vote in a historic election: the first since the ousting of Robert Mugabe who ruled the country or 37 years.

The race is between incumbent President and Mugabe successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa and 40 year-old lawyer and pastor Nelson Chaimsa, who hopes to become the country's youngest leader in history. There are 21 other candidates on the ballot as well.

The youth will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of this election, as many first-time voters under the age of 35 will cast ballots today.


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On Sunday, the country's former president Robert Mugabe held a surprise press conference to announce his plans to vote against the Mnangagwa and the Zanu-PF—the political party which he founded—and called Chaimsa, the direct opposition candidate "the only viable candidate."

This election could signify a new turn for the Southern African nation, where about 5.5 million citizens are registered to vote, reports BBC Africa. There appears to be an air of optimism surrounding many Zimbabweans online as they see a major opportunity for change. So far, voter turnout has been notably high.

Read some of what people are saying about the election below.










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Wande Coal and Olamide Team Up On 'Kpe Paso'

Nigeria's Wande Coal and Olamide share "Kpe Paso," a colorful, rhythmic display of Yoruba's cultural intricacy.


Afrobeats veteran Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal and industry heavy weight and YBNL boss, Olamide have collaborated on "Kpe Paso," a song that showcases their musical prowess and appreciation for Yoruba culture. In the record, the two artists, who have Yoruba backgrounds bring their renowned style to the forefront, with Wande Coal's signature vocals merging seamlessly with Olamide's sonics. The majority of the song is sung in Yoruba.

The majority of the song is sung in Yoruba, and produced by Nigerian record producer, Kel P Vibes. The music video was directed by Jyde Ajala.

This is Wande Coal's first single for 2023, and in the past the afrobeats icon has worked with Olamide on a record called "Hate Me." Their reunion on "Kpe Paso" showcases their rhythmic chemistry and lyricism.

Wande Coal has created a successful 17-year career that begun under the influence of Mo' Hits Records, a record label that was founded and led byD'banj and Don Jazzy. Ever since the release of his first album Mushin 2 Mo' Hits, the Lagos-born crooner has been on a career upswing ever since.

"Kpe Paso" is scheduled to be a part of Wande Coal's upcoming album Legend Or No Legend which will be released on March 30.

Watch the colorful music video for "Kpe Paso" below 

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