Whatever faults Barack Obama has, we cannot overlook the symbolic importance of a black man in the White House, especially now when a neo-fascist is set to replace him. American poet Shayla Lawson meditates on what Obama’s presidency meant to her and other black people.
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.
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.
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.
15 October marks the birth of legendary Nigerian musical genius Fela Kuti, born on the day in 1938. The doyenne of Afrobeat, Fela achieved greatness and his music certainly lives on. Kuti was a fierce human rights and political activist who dedicated his life to fighting inequality, injustice, and cultural imperialism through his music. As the Felabration festivities continue, we celebrate Fela’s legacy and look at some of his well-known and inspirational quotes.
Burkina Faso has embarked on an important journey to honour the legacy of Captain Thomas Sankara, with the inauguration of a memorial for the revolutionary leader on the site he was murdered. The initiative which was long overdue will see a newly formed foundation headed by Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings receive funds for the memorial to include a museum to preserve the history, and ideals that Sankara stood for.
Today Botswana, celebrates its independence, attained in 1966 from the United Kingdom. On the country’s independence anniversary we celebrate with Batswana and share 10 quotes from the country’s former presidents. The quotes highlight the vision of Botswana’s leaders, which continues to shape the country’s social, political and economic trajectory.
Among the work being featured at the 2016 Shoko Festival, billed as Zimbabwe’s biggest festival of urban culture, is that of a dancer who was never expected to walk. Writer Kundai Marunya caught up with the inspirational Blessing Fire to hear his story.
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.