The seemingly impossible has happened, the African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has recalled President #JacobZuma, signalling the beginning of the end of President Zuma’s interminable term as president of South Africa. “The decision of the #ANCNEC to recall Cde Zuma is final. It can’t and will not change. We will treat Cde Zuma with dignity and we will not humiliate him” ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said.
Global citizens, prepare to pack your bags to visit Rwanda. The country has announced that effective from 01 January 2018, nationals of all countries will get visa upon arrival without prior application, as part of the establishment of a new visa regime.
The World Health Organization has rescinded its decision appointing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following global outrage. The decision to revoke Mugabe’s appointment has divided opinion, welcomed and celebrated by the country’s citizens, who were most vocal against it. Mugabe’s supporters have called the cancellation of the appointment as a “disappointing decision”.
Welcoming African travellers with open arms, Nigeria has announced that it will start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans in a major step towards the goal of encouraging free movement on the continent. The news is being applauded by Africans across the continent.
‘I don’t see any side winning a war in northern Mali.’ This Is Africa discussed the issues in Mali with Serge Daniel, author, journalist and renowned specialist on the region.
Malawi has re-written its aviation history this week when the country witnessed its first all female flight deck crew flying Malawian Airlines flight from Blantyre to Dar-es-Salaam. The company’s maiden all-women operated and supported flight is being celebrated across the continent.
South African politician and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has come under fire on social media for over her comments defending colonialism saying the system, and its legacy wasn’t bad in its entirety. There’s been a major uproar over the comments forcing Zille to issue an apology. In 2008, a British-born South African columnist, David Bullard, caused an outrage writing an article in the Sunday Times saying South Africa should be grateful for colonialism. The column was heavily criticized, seen as racist and extremely offensive.
Today we celebrate an African literary giant Ben Okri. Okri, a Nigerian poet and novelist is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Famished Road (1991).
Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o delivered a public lecture at Wits University, South Africa. The writer discussed the relationship between culture, language and colonisation, and argued for the preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions. Thiong’o also reiterated the importance of learning the mother tongue and local cultural histories, and ended by saying “if you know your mother tongue, and add it with all other languages, that is empowerment”. We couldn’t agree more