Arthur Chatora

About the Author Arthur Chatora

Arthur Chatora is a Journalist based in Harare. Chatora is a graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

A badly burned child arrives at the Provincial Hospital in Tete on November 17, 2016, after a truck carrying petrol burst into flames. Photo: ANP/AFP Amos Zacarias

Mozambique fuel tanker explosion: Social media sends commiserations

A tragedy has hit Mozambique with reports that at least 73 people died and 110 were injured after a oil tanker exploded in the small village in Tete province. The tanker was transporting fuel from the port city of Beira to Malawi and overturned on the way. The catastrophe has shocked many and numerous messages of commiseration continue to be shared on social media. Our heartfelt condolences to the deceased and a speedy recovery to the injured.

Ilhan Omar, a candidate for State Representative for District 60B in Minnesota, gives an acceptance speech on election night, November 8, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office. Photo:  ANP/ AFP Stephen Maturen

Breaking boundaries: Former refugee, Ilhan Omar elected first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

Today we celebrate a remarkable story, the election of Ilhan Omar as the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S. The former refugee who fled the Somali Civil War and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp will serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. We celebrate Omar’s inspirational achievement, a story of determination, hard-work and hope.

Students attack the defaced statue of British mining magnate and politician, Cecil John Rhodes, as it is removed by a crane from its position at the University of Cape Town on April 9, 2015, in Cape Town. Photo: ANP/AFP Rodger Bosch
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Rhodes Falls: Rhodes statue to be permanently removed from the University of Cape Town campus

University of Cape Town campaigners involved in the RhodesMustFall movement are surely on cloud nine following the approval of the permanent removal of Cecil John Rhodes’ statue from the university campus. The permanent removal of the Rhodes statue was unanimously approved by Heritage Western Cape’s Built Environment and Landscape Committee.

“Though Jake didn't speak much, his work spoke volume to his talent. Very helpful and attentive in class as were all the children,” Adufah. Photo: Carlos Cortes/ Solomon Adufah

FundsforJake: Crowdfunding campaign to support Jake Amo gathers momentum

A crowdfunding initiative to support Jake Amo the five year-old from Asempanaye, in Ghana who has become a social media sensation because of his iconic image is gathering momentum. The campaign team has set a $20,000 target, and the money will be used “to support Jake’s education and many other children like him,” Solomon Adufah the artist who worked with Jake told ThisisAfrica.

Meet Jake: The darling of social media Photo credit: Carlos Cortes /Solomon Adufah/Instagram

Meet Jake: The darling of social media

Eureka! We found the origin of the pensive looking African boy meme. If you have been searching and wondering about the origin of the famous meme of a young African boy seated at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, frantically writing on a piece of paper, your search is finally over. The boy’s name is Jake. The picture is currently amongst one of the continent’s most famous and widely shared memes and it was taken by Carlos Cortes, an award winning photographer and shared by Ghanaian artist, Solomon Adufah.

(L) Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad September 17, 2016. Photo: ANP/AFP Adrian Dennis (R)Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26 September 2016. Photo: ANP/ EPA/Bernd Thissen.

Aubameyang, Mahrez shortlisted for Ballon d’Or

Leicester City’s sensational winger, Algerian Riyad Mahrez Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player. The two African players are among a list of 30 football stars revealed by France Football. Congratulations to Aubameyang and Mahrez on the nomination.

Black Consciousness Movement founder, Steve Biko died in 1977, in South African police custody. Photo: Mark Peters/Getty Images

10 excerpts from Steve Biko Memorial Lectures

Today Professor Angela Davis will deliver the 17th annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of South Africa, in Pretoria. The annual lecture seeks to promote a culture of critical dialogue and active citizenry. Since its inauguration in 2000, various luminaries have delivered the annual memorial lecture and we have selected 10 poignant excerpts taken from previous lectures, which reflect on Biko’s life, and ideas.