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Nigeria: How the freestyling hit ‘Bad Influence’ launched Omah Lay into stardom

Early last year, Nigeria’s Omah Lay (Stanley Omah Didia) posted a minute-long clip of an unreleased song on his Instagram. In the caption, ... he told his fans that if they got him 300 comments, he'd drop the full song. It was a bluff. In reality, all he had was that one-minute clip, which was actually just a freestyle he’d recorded and posted as filler because he hadn’t posted for a while. Little did he know that freestyle filler would grow to be a sensational hit of 2020.

What’s behind Africa’s skyrocketing imports yet increased production growth?

The headline figures for agriculture in Africa paint a contrasting picture: imports that are steadily rising while the continent's producers ... are recording harvest growth. Digging deep into the numbers, several trends are revealed: oil importers like Nigeria with huge food import bills, African farmers are producing more and more, but investment and farm yields are lagging population growth as many African authorities neglect agricultural research.

Central Africa: The “yes, but…” answer of Cameroon’s Biya and his peers to the IMF

The head of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, expressed her satisfaction after participating in the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of the Heads of ... State of the Communauté Économique des États de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) on 18 August 2021. “I welcome the commitment of CEMAC heads of state to deep structural reforms to radically transform and diversify the region, continue to support regional institutions and reduce its dependence on commodities,” she said a few hours after the summit.

Zambia: After Hichilema’s victory, drugs squad freezes assets of Lungu’s closest ally 

After a sweeping victory in the polls that produced the highest voter turn-out in the country’s history, Zambia's president-elect Hakainde Hichilema (HH) ... plans to focus on fighting corruption and reforming the economy to manage public expectations especially from young Zambians who led the vote for his ascension to the presidency. Probes into former President Edgar Lungu's allies have already begun.