Zimbabwe: Harare ranked in the bottom 10 global liveability ranking
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe: Harare ranked in the bottom 10 global liveability ranking

Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe has been ranked in the bottom ten tier of the Liveability Ranking released by research group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The city was ranked 133 of 140 cities surveyed in the past 12 months. Four other African capitals (Douala, Algiers, Lagos and Tripoli were a listed among the 10 worst cities to live in.

Pictures: #ThisFlag campaign leader Evan Mawarire makes first court appearance at Harare Magistrate’s court
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Politics and Society Pictures: #ThisFlag campaign leader Evan Mawarire makes first court appearance at Harare Magistrate’s court

Zimbabwean activist, Pastor Evan Mawarire, who was arrested yesterday and ‘charged with inciting violence’ is making his first court appearance at Rotten Row Magistrates Court in Harare today. Mawarire called for a two-day stay-away starting today and yesterday government authorities vowed to crush the protest.

Meet Naomi Ruele, Botswana’s First Olympic Swimmer
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Africans rising Meet Naomi Ruele, Botswana’s First Olympic Swimmer

It’s just over three weeks before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games begin, and Botswana is celebrating and basking in an important milestone. Naomi Ruele became the first swimmer from Botswana to qualify for the Olympics, and she is just the second female from the country to compete at the Olympics. The talented 19 year-old swimmer received her official selection letter for the 2016 Olympics last week, and will make her maiden appearance in Rio.

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Politics and Society #ShutdownZimbabwe: Citizens find their voice in nationwide stay-away

Zimbabweans today engaged in a mass stay-away, heeding calls by activists and union leaders (various teachers’ unions) in protest against amongst other concerns, corruption, the ailing economy and overdue civil servant salaries. Social media (WhatsApp and Internet experienced disruptions) has been awash with messages on the stay-away and shut-down.

Protecting people with albinism: Malawi to hand down life sentences to perpetrators
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Politics and Society Protecting people with albinism: Malawi to hand down life sentences to perpetrators

The government of Malawi has heeded calls from people living with albinism and rights campaigners to take tough action on perpetrators of crimes against people with albinism. The country will now hand down life sentences to perpetrators, in a welcome development. We certainly hope this, amongst other measures will ensure justice is served, help protect and guarantee the safety of people living with albinism.

South Africa: Youth Day, Remembering the Soweto uprising
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Politics and Society South Africa: Youth Day, Remembering the Soweto uprising

Today South Africa celebrates Youth Day in commemoration of the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising. On June 16,1976 students rose up in protest against the racist and unjust bantu education system. The students were protesting against an order by the Apartheid government that Afrikaans be used as a medium of instruction in schools. We salute the brave young people who lost their lives during the protests, and remember the sacrifices made.

Meet Martins Lawrence Akande, Nigeria’s talented hyper realistic pencil artist
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Africans rising Meet Martins Lawrence Akande, Nigeria’s talented hyper realistic pencil artist

This is Africa recently featured the artwork of one of Nigeria’s most talented hyper realistic artists, Martins Lawrence Akande. Akande’s remarkable realistic pencil drawings continue to draw immense praise. In an exclusive interview with TiA, we find out more about the artist, and trace the journey he has traversed in his career.