The world is mourning the passing of the head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health, sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls. Osotimehin, who was 68, had led the United Nations Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011, died Sunday evening at his home. He is survived by his wife, Olufunke Osotimehin, five children and several grandchildren.
What can black hair do? Ivorian hair artist Laetitia answered this question perfectly when she had series of photos of her hair in different interesting shapes. The hair artist explained in her Facebook post that the images are real and not photoshopped, as some would have assumed. Take a look as the fascinating images.
Andela – the Nigerian-based innovative software training company which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invested $24-million in and that already operates in Nigeria and Kenya – is opening its third African headquarters in Uganda.
South African president Jacob Zuma appointed Justice Mandisa Maya as the first woman President of the Supreme Court of Appeal since the court’s existence in 1910. Justice Maya replaces Judge Lex Mpati who retired in 2016. This Is Africa wishes her all the best in the disposition of her duties.
Today we celebrate another African hero, 16 years old Tisekwa Gamungu. The grade 5 learner who lives in Tanzania rescued nine of his classmates when their dhow capsized on Lake Victoria recently. We applaud the young hero for his valiant act.
Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata 29, is among the new batch of fellows for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, following their graduation at Glen ridge Church in Stamford Hill, Durban last week. The young achiever completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. Even though there is still a lot to do, it is clear that the face of Neurosurgery is certainly changing in several parts of Africa. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
The Caine Prize for African Writing, currently in its 18th year, released the 2017 shortlist. This year’s shortlist seems to have taken a cue from the 2015 debate over inclusivity and includes a few relatively unknown names. The list includes three Nigerian writers, a South African and a Sudanese.
Carson Huey-You a 14-year-old boy has become one of the world’s youngest university graduates. He was just 11 when he began studying physics at Texas Christian University, also taking courses in Mathematics and Chinese. Carson is the youngest person to graduate in the University’s 144 year history. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and will return to TCU for his Master’s in Physics.
With the tattoo of the African continent and Nigeria mapped out on his right shoulder, the Nigerian-British boxer Anthony Joshua who lays heavy claims to his roots continued his winning streak in his professional career and became the undisputed champion of the world heavyweight boxing. Joshua beat former champion and title holder Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round.