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My world stopped for a second- Ndaba Mandela on Covid-19 diagnosis

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Ndaba, Nelson Mandela’s grandson has tested positive for coronavirus.

A day after Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela tested positive for Covid-19, the 37-year-old came out to confess that his diagnosis shook him to the core.

“I got the actual result on Saturday night. At the time I was at home with friends, taking it easy, not doing anything crazy. My world stopped for a second. I went into a room by myself and my heart, I got a little bit of heart palpitations,” he told TimesLIVE, a South African news outlet.

Ndaba first revealed to the public that he has tested positive for the coronavirus through a video on social media.

“I got my test results back, and they tested positive. I have the rona, yo! The rona! Can you believe that? The rona!” he said.

In a subsequent video posted on Instagram, the South African author insisted that he was not taking the situation lightly.

“This is a very serious situation, and I don’t take it lightly for a second. However, when you’ve gone through so much in life, you know that stressing is not going to make a difference. So, I urge you not to stress. I urge you not to get anxiety,” He added.

Upon receiving the news about his diagnosis, Ndaba added that he was in a state of confusion and regretted smoking cigarettes immediately.

READ ALSO: Officials declined to test me for Covid-19 three times – Sho Madjozi

“I guess at that moment I just started smoking more cigarettes, which was honestly the worst thing to do. You need to actually protect your chest more than anything because it (Covid-19) does end up affecting your respiratory system and your lungs,” he said.

Ndaba said he had received a lot of support in response and fortunately, he doesn’t have severe symptoms.

“I haven’t had any symptoms, thank God,” he said.

Ndaba Mandela. Photo: Courtesy.

The father of two added that the most difficult part was not seeing his children.

“When I went to be tested on Monday, the doctor told me to stay away from my children. The doctor told me to go into quarantine for 14 days. Of course, the most difficult thing during this period has been not seeing my kids. We’ve been Facetiming, but you know that’s not enough. My son is very, very sad that he hasn’t been able to see his dad,” he said.

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Ndaba is the first prominent South African to publicly announce testing positive to the virus. However, he remains hopeful that he will conquer it all and bounce back to life like nothing happened.

READ ALSO: The story of Jeff Koinange’s son, Mbiyu, with Nelson Mandela

“The most important thing is to let people know to stay calm, that this disease is not a death sentence that you can fight the disease – and you can win.”

“I am a born soldier and I have had to fight all my life with different things. This is just another one of those hurdles we must go through,” he said.

Ndaba had just returned from New York before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the travel bans.

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Harmonize speaks after his new album ‘AfroEast’ was deleted from YouTube

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Tanzanian singer Rajab Abdul Kahali aka Harmonize released his album, titled AfroEast early this month.

However, it was pulled down over copyright claims from various platforms, including YouTube, where it had garnered millions of views.

The former WCB signee launched his album on March 14th, 2020, but it was immediately rocked with controversy after it turned out that he sampled a number of tracks.

For example, his song titled Unanimaliza was originally done by Mr Blue. Another song, “Your Body” featuring Burna Boy, sampled the late Papa Wemba’s song Show me the Way.

He also sampled Q-Chillah’s Nikilala to create his own tune called “I miss You” while Die featuring Khaligraph Jones borrowed from Wycleff Jean’s 2009 hit “Sweetest Girl” (Dollar Bill) ft. Akon, Lil Wayne and Niia.

Read Also: Woman assaults online boyfriend after finding out he’s not Harmonize

In a new twist, the Mama Hit-maker pointed out that the album is back and getting uploaded afresh on a number of streaming platforms namely; Spotify, Audio Mack, Apple Music and Boomplay Music.

“Hellow my people sorry kwa usumbufu ulio jitokeza jana…!!!! @afroeast2020 kuto kuwepo katika digital platform zote..!!!! Napozungumza na wewe @afroeast2020 imesha rudi on @applemusic x @spotify x @tidal @audiomack @boomplaymusic na ifikapo Saa 1:00 Basi Itakuwa live on YouTube pia bless up for your support #kondegang4everybody. We are taking this to the world,” explained Harmonize.

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He added that, “Usichokijua kutoka kwenye @afroeast2020 nikwamba..!!! Kuna ngoma 18/ alafu zote..!! Zina video so ukipiga mahesabu nikisema niwe na toa kila mwezi 1 inamana zitaisha mwezi wa 10/2021. Ukisema kila baada ya week 2 inatoka moja..!!! Maana yake zitaisha mwakani mwezi wa (2) siwezi fanya huo ujinga kitakachofanyika ni kwamba kila mkifika watazamaji million tuu…!!! Nachapa chupa lingine ili zisiingie vumbi…!!!! New tomorrow #mpangaplaylist”.

Read Also: Why Sh22 million debt is giving singer Harmonize sleepless nights

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In 2019, Harmonize was at loggerheads with Kenyan producer Magix Enga over allegations he sampled Dundaing without consent.

Harmonize’s song ‘Uno’ was pulled down and later put back after Enga said he had forgiven him.

Harmonize later took to Instagram to write, “Challenges will never kill you. It’s just making you stronger. Take it from me. Thanks to my Management Konde gang and everyone who supports me. My people, I’m happy to tell you that our number one song is back again louder on Youtube.”

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‘This is how sponyo’s run the economy’ Andrew Kibe shares

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In this time when people have been forced to stay home, the economy is suffering and Kibe says groups of people who have proved they run the economy, are sponsors.

Others refer to them as blessers because well, everyone they meet in their philanthropic mood will be blessed with some money.

Kibe broke it down saying,

A Sponyo runs the economy. He goes to the bar, he gets a hair cut as his car is being washed and he has ordered meat in the bar. So he calls a girl and when she is coming she is using a taxi app and he will pay. She comes in and drinks and eats, money has been poured then depending on their usual happenings, they get a hotel or a lodging. He will pay for it but he has to bribe the receptionist so that he doesn’t sign in and then he has to tip the watchman in case he comes back there he will be given special treatment.

Imagine all these people who have made money from one guy. Doesn’t this man run the economy in these service provider’s businesses? And they are always very philanthropic.

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Kamene added that even the chic he spent time with on that day also got her cut.

And also do not forget that chich will leave there with nothing less than 3500, 4000. And you forgot all these people who have provided a service depend on tips so he will have to tip each and every one of them.

Now that we are practicing social distancing, Kibe says the service providers who add up to Kenyans economy are suffering because now the sponsor has been forced to stay with his first lady in the house.

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‘Please release me’ R Kelly begs court from jail over coronavirus fear

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Celebrated RnB artiste R Kelly has asked a judge to free him from federal jail in Chicago, as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges.

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A court filing by his lawyers claims the spread of the new coronavirus behind bars puts Kelly’s life at risk.

He faces several dozen counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York.

From sexual assault to heading a racketeering scheme aimed at supplying him with girls. Kelly has denied ever abusing anyone.

According to the court filing “The health risk to Mr. Kelly, because of his age and existing health issues”.

Especially considering the conditions at the MCC, necessitates his release on bail,”.

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