The nuances of identity are hinted at but perhaps not explored thoroughly enough in this intriguing book, says Farai K Dzvairo
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.
Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates today conducted a peaceful march (#ThisGown) in a protest to highlight the high levels of unemployment. The unemployed graduates converged with other groups protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.