In a country inundated with racism stories, the story of a 10 year-old white South African boy, Keegan Baker, embracing the Zulu language and aspects of the Zulu culture is making waves. The boy even has a dream of becoming a sangoma. Do you think this is a case of cultural appropriation or it’s a form of cultural integration, which should be encouraged?
Africa’s first legal music download service has been launched in Senegal. The service is accessed through the website called MusikBi, and close to 200 artists have signed up including acclaimed international and African greats, Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal.
In the last quarter of 2015 Africa joined the rest of the world in adopting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development as well as the COP21 Paris agreement. As the most vulnerable region to climate change, these two crucial high level global strategic and policy decisions together with Africa’s own strategies, like the AU Agenda 2063, could set the continent on a growth path, guaranteeing food security, environmental resilience and economic inclusivity.
Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation has unveiled the continent’s first solar-powered bus. Dubbed “Kayoola”, the 35-seater prototype runs on two power banks. The solar panels on the roof provide enough energy for the bus to run on a range of 80 kms, travelling for 8 hours, uninterrupted.
Zambia’s Catherine Phiri is the new WBC female bantamweight champion after defeating now ex champion, Mexican Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas. Phiri becomes the first female Zambian and African to win the prestigious WBC title. The new champion won by a majority technical decision at the end of the sixth round.
Rasheeda Yehuza is a Ghanaian software engineer and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Nasara Tech and co-founder of Tech Needs Girls Ghana.
Ghana Code Club, a coding initiative is making laudable efforts to empower children with digital literacy skills. The programming lessons are currently being offered in five schools and the club aims to launch in 20 or more schools within the first quarter of 2016, reaching no less than 20,000 children.
Researchers at Makerere University’s Agricultural Research Institute, have unveiled a multi-purpose tractor dubbed MV Mulimi, which can pump water from depths of seven metres and thresh half a ton of maize. The tractor can also carry up to two tons of produce.
Pushing air force boundaries, Zimbabwe’s Ellen Chiweshe has been promoted to become the country’s first female air commodore