Arthur Chatora

About the Author Arthur Chatora

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

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Nigeria’s Martins Lawrence Akande scoops The International Galileo Galilei Prize

This is Africa last year featured the artwork of one of Nigeria’s most talented hyper realistic artists, Martins Lawrence Akande. Akande recently bagged a prestigious award, the International Galileo Galilei Prize in Italy, which is one of the most valuable and significant prizes given to artists. The artist says he’s honoured to receive the recognition, and hopes the award will be an inspiration to artists across Nigeria and the continent especially those that share similar dreams. Akande’s remarkable realistic pencil drawings continue to draw immense praise. Congratulations to the artist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.