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This accident is a continuation of a trail of tragedy that continues to rock the Tsvangirai family.

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Vimbai Tsvangirai fights for her life as tragedy rocks Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai family again

The daughter of Morgan Tsvangirai, the late Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the nation’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Vimbai Tsvangirai is currently in a Harare hospital fighting for her life after a car accident that took the lives of 2 MDC activists late last night.

Her car, carrying four passengers, was involved in a head-on collision after the city of Kwekwe, en route to Harare as the occupants returned from the MDC’s candidate debates held in Bulawayo.

Vimbai Tsvangirai fights for her life as tragedy rocks Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai family again
The mangled wreck that is Vimbai Tsvangirai’s car / MDC Zimbabwe Twitter Vimbai Tsvangirai / Facebook

Tsvangirai’s campaign manager and organizing secretary for her constituency, Glen View South, Paul Rakanda and her late mother’s cousin Tafadzwa Munzwa were trapped in the vehicle for over an hour before an ambulance and police arrived. According to party officials, the 2 died from their injuries.

An ambulance rushed Tsvangirai to hospital, where she is said to be in a stable condition.

“The president (Nelson Chamisa) and the MDC family is devastated. There was a head-on collision just after Kwekwe. Two people have unfortunately passed away.”

He further went on to say;

“We have lost two committed cadres, two pillars of the party. It’s painful, it strikes at the heart. We pray for the strength of the families, and to everyone.”

“Vimbai Tsvangirai is in a stable condition. She has been taken to the
Avenues Clinic, Harare, while the other passenger has been discharged. We are praying, and we ask the nation to join us in prayer that the day will not get more tragic,” said MDC spokesman, Jacob Mafume.

This accident is a continuation of a trail of tragedy that continues to rock the Tsvangirai family.

The life of Vimbai Tsvangirai’s mother, Susan Tsvangirai was taken at the age of 50 in a head-on collision on 6 March 2009 when a truck belonging to the U.S. aid agency, United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) sideswiped the vehicle she was traveling in with her husband, who was Prime Minister at the time.

The vehicle rolled over three times, and Susan Tsvangirai was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital in Beatrice. Morgan Tsvangirai was able to escape with minor bruises and scratches.

A statement issued by the MDC at the time of this accident said:

“We suspect that this is not a genuine accident and we appeal to Zimbabweans in South Africa to remain calm as facts continue to surface. We strongly believe that these are the evil acts of a few individuals bent on derailing the progress of the inclusive government. We are, however, alive to the fact that a lot of Robert Mugabe’s opponents died in suspicious road accidents involving army trucks.”

Morgan Tsvangirai, however, said he believed that what happened was a genuine accident.

Vimbai Tsvangirai’s father, Morgan Tsvangirai, died after a painful fight with colon cancer on 14 February 2018, at the age of 65. However, exiled MDC founder and activist, Elliot Pfebve shared a statement expressing his suspicions that there was more to his demise.

“(Morgan) Tsvangirai may have been poisoned, in the same way (Emmerson) Mnangagwa was poisoned.

In 2014, I received a tip-off that Zanu PF bought a poisonous metal isotope from Russia destined to eradicate opposition leadership. It is similar to Polonium 210 which killed Alexander Litvinenko in London, but a (slower) reactive poison than Polonium 210 that takes time to kill its victim by inducing cancer”, said Pfebve.

Vimbai Tsvangirai has continued her family legacy by remaining visible and active in both the opposition party MDC and in government as an MP.

As the nation continues to pray for her, the hopes of many are that her speedy recovery will change her family’s tragedy-filled narrative.

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2Baba releases new album “Warriors”

The album is a key offering in the celebration of 2Baba’s 20 Years A King project.

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Award-winning Afropop icon 2Baba has released his new album titled “Warriors” earlier today, February 28. This album is released as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) celebration, commemorating the two decades he has spent in the Nigerian music industry.

This new album contains just 13 tracks including previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The production of the album is handled by a galaxy of PBanks, Spelz, Blaq Jeerzy, Bolji Beatz, Speroach Beatz, Richie, Ploops and his longtime collaborator, Jay Sleek.

Interestingly, this is the first 2Baba album that comes with a title track, which also serves as the opener of the full-length project.

On Tuesday, February 25, the celebrated singer held a well-attended listening party for the album at the Artisan Lounge bar, Lagos.

His seventh studio album, “Warriors” is the long-overdue follow up to “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release in 2014.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Exporting African sounds into Italy

Nigerian migrants are introducing Afrobeat to one of Italy’s most popular cities

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Nigerians are slowly stamping their authority in Italy's music space. Photo credit: Quartz Africa

Migrating from Africa to Europe is a particularly tricky business. It is usually very difficult to obtain visas, and consequently, many people opt for the long, tortuous route that runs through the Sahara Desert and extends into the Mediterranean Sea. It is a risky journey in many ways, as desperate migrants get robbed, swindled, enslaved or worse still, meet their end in the hot sands and high seas.

There is also the small matter of reputation when it comes to successful migrants. There are those who believe that men and women who manage to avoid death or slavery, and ultimately cross the borders into Italy and Spain, are either involved in drug peddling, prostitution or unsavoury menial jobs like washing up corpses.

There is a small group of people, however, who are slowly changing the narrative. These ones are not only showing that there is more that African migrants can do in Europe, but they are also exporting Nigerian music in all its exotic nature and rich flavour into one of Italy’s major cities.

Palermo, the capital city of the Sicilian province, is slowly becoming the Southern European capital for the world-conquering Afrobeats scene. Social media has given a platform to musicians who can reach a wide audience without institutional support. There are more than a few cities in Italy that are not exactly kind to migrants, but Palermo has gradually become a haven for a number of young Nigerian musicians to hone their craft and attempt to carve a niche for themselves on European shores.

The influx of these musicians has had a significant effect on the city, too. For instance, Ballaro, a small neighbourhood in Palermo, was once known as one of the most dangerous places in Italy, no thanks to the activities of the Mafia. But with the arrival of African and Asian immigrants, the neighbourhood is now revitalised and less prone to crime.

Artists like RayJeezy, Brenex Baba and Thug Money make a living from performing at night clubs across the city. They hope that their hustle ultimately pays off and that they gain worldwide recognition, but for now, they are contributing to the transformation of a city’s music and culture. Things are looking up for the African migrant population in Palermo, and it’s not hard to tell that there will be more where the music came from.

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Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series

This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.

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Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.

This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others. 

Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.

This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. 

“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men. 

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