Marylove Edwards is Nigeria’s young tennis champion focused on emulating the great Serena Williams. Although many have started referring to her as the “Nigerian Serena”, the 13 year-old who is currently at the prestigious IMG Academy, in the U.S. says “I love Serena, I love her style, I love the way she plays. But I’d love to be myself, just Marylove Edwards.”
Maintaining its status as a technological hub, Kenya now houses the fourth outsourced Microsoft testing centre, joining others based in India, China and Poland.
The Nigerian Police Force is rarely in the news for good public service. Julius Adewale Adedeji, the Superintendent of Police, State Intelligence Bureau received the Human Rights Personality Award from the U.S. Embassy. Adedeji is said to have never taken a bribe, and he is being celebrated as Nigeria’s “most dedicated police officer”.
President Sirleaf was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for her post-conflict consolidation of Liberia’s democracy. In her speech in Kigali, Rwanda she spoke on how patronage and patriarchy prevented women and youths from participating in politics.
There is an ongoing culture of killing twins and other infants in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils. Christian missionary Steven Olusola Ajayi and his wife Chinwe opened the Vine Heritage Home to shelter children deemed “evil” by their communities.
Vusi Mahlasela, popularly called “The Voice of South Africa,” who was set to be conferred with a honorary doctorate by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for his contribution to society through his music could not receive his award this week due to illness. The university said it hopes the musician will be well enough to receive the degree at its spring graduation ceremony in September, 2018.
At the age of 82, internationally acclaimed Ndebele artist Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg for “her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator,” said the executive dean of the UJ Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Prof Federico Freschi
Social media users across the continent are celebrating the appointment of 30 year-old Bogolo Joy Kenewendo as Botswana’s new Investment, Trade and Industry Minister. Kenewendo first joined parliament in 2016 as an MP becoming the country’s youngest MP. Kenewendo is a trained trade and economic diplomacy professional. However, her accession to parliament and cabinet at such a young age is not the only reason why she should be everyone’s career goals.
The fashion industry is in a flutter after the French luxury label Louis Vuitton named Virgil Abloh its new artistic director of menswear, replacing Kim Jones, who announced his departure just last week.