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The Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, during the round table conference in Brussels in January 1960. Photo: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo.
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10 Pictures of Patrice Lumumba

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the death of one of Africa’s foremost liberation heroes and anti-colonial leader Patrice Émery Lumumba, murdered in a coup in 1961. As we remember the death of a remarkable African nationalist, we look at some important moments in Lumumba’s life captured on camera.

Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration. Cartoon: Damien Glez
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Cartoon: Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration

In a few days U.S. President Barack Obama will leave office paving way for President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, 20 January 2017. Ghana recently witnessed a smooth transfer of power with the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo. In The Gambia, things are not so quite clear, President Yahya Jammeh who lost last year’s election is supposed to leave office paving way for the victor, President-elect Adama Barrow. The inauguration is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 19 January 2017 when Jammeh’s term officially ends. The country is on tenterhooks as President Jammeh remains resolute that he will challenge the election result, despite having initially accepted defeat, and pledging to oversee a smooth transfer of power.

Dr. Martin Luther King gestures as he announces plans for a massive demonstration in Washington next spring at press conference here. King said the demonstration would last until the demands of jobless and poor were heeded. Photo: ANP
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: 10 pictures

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in America, a day to celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most renowned civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, Jr., born on the 15th of January 1929. A Baptist minister, fervent activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. As we celebrate what would have been Dr. King’s 88th birthday, we look at some important moments in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life captured on camera.

Meet Proscovia Nalweyiso, appointed Uganda’s first female Major General. Photo: New Vision
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Meet Proscovia Nalweyiso, appointed Uganda’s first female Major General

In 2011, Proscovia Nalweyiso became the first female Brigadier General in Uganda, a noteworthy achievement, which was celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward to 2017, the country has recorded another remarkable milestone, the promotion of Brig Nalweyiso to the rank of Major General. With the appointment, Nalweyiso becomes the country’s first female Major General, and one of the few women across the continent to hold such a powerful military position. We applaud and congratulate Maj Gen Nalweyiso on the historic achievement.

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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.

Ahmed Hussen appointed first Somali-Canadian Cabinet Minister Photo: Hussen/Facebook
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Breaking Barriers: Ahmed Hussen appointed first Somali-Canadian Cabinet Minister

Lawyer and social activist, Ahmed Hussen (41) of the Liberal Party, who last year became the first Canadian of Somali heritage to be voted into national parliament has recorded yet another remarkable first, being appointed as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. We celebrate Hussen’s inspirational achievement, a remarkable story of determination, hard-work and hope.

Keeping it in the family? Cartoon: Damien Glez
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Cartoon: Keeping it in the family?

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of top military personnel. The appointment has been strongly criticised, seen as a classic case of nepotism, and it has also been viewed with suspicion. Critics argue that Museveni is grooming Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him as president in the future. Could Museveni be preparing his son to take over when the Ugandan leader eventually leaves office?

Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba
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Meet Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba, Zambia’s first female fighter pilot

Last year, 19 year-old Besa Mumba, became Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot, an achievement which was widely celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward six months, Zambia is celebrating yet another remarkable accomplishment, as 24-year-old Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba becomes the country’s first female fighter pilot. We applaud Lt Muwamba’s historic achievement.

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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.