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Back in 2016, Spotify recognized the undeniable presence of Afro R&B in Africa’s musical landscape. TANTALIZERS, one of Spotify’s earliest afro-leaning playlists, was born out of this realisation. It was a nod to the fact that R&B had found its home within the hearts of African artists and listeners, becoming an integral part of the continent’s rich musical ecosystem.

In order to appear as protecting the interests of Africa and third world economies, the advanced and industrialised capitalist countries, through the multilateral organisations they control, came with the idea of climate finance support for African countries and other low income countries, who cannot bear the cost of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Therefore, they present Africa as a beggar continent to be helped, while they are benevolent nations. This is not different from existing arrangement in global political economy, where third world, whose economies have been plundered for decades, are presented with token, not as a compensation, but as a gift to ameliorate their backwardness. However, several research works have shown that these so-called supports end up worsening the already bad conditions of African countries.

The 3rd edition of Geopolitics Series, themed: “Resurgent Coups, Private Military Companies and the Eroding Influence of Inter-Governmental Organisations,” illuminated critical global issues as they affect Africa. Senator Iroegbu and Gift Wada in this article, highlighted the discussions and insights from GS3.0, which underscored the complex dynamics shaping modern conflicts, emphasising the importance of addressing root causes, promoting local solutions, and reevaluating the role of powerful states in geopolitical affairs.

Africa, the birthplace of rich culture, has served as an enduring muse for the global music industry. Despite the historical dominance of Afrobeats, Amapiano, Gengetone and others, in the African music landscape, an exciting transformation is unfolding as R&B undergoes a notable resurgence across the continent, with an average year on year growth of 133% on Spotify. 

President Bola Tinubu asserted that the African Union (AU) is strategically positioned to secure consensus positions for the continent on economic and socio-political relations with the world, particularly with Nigeria’s stalwart backing, as he engaged in a bilateral discussion with the President of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union (AU), President Azali Assoumani, on Monday in New York.

Africa is a continent of contradictions. The scars left behind by its many nations’ storied histories, as well as the new wounds opened by recent social and economic upheavals such as the global recession, the pandemic, climate change, and geopolitical tensions, mean that the continent continues to contend with challenges such as inequality, poverty, and other socio-economic issues. Yet, in the midst of these challenges, a quiet revolution is underway. Africa,