The “Dinner Club”; a movie made in the Netherlands and released in 2010; was due for screening at the European Film Festival in Uganda before it was banned by the Media Council for “glorifying homosexuality” which “is against Ugandan values”. Cases of censorship continue across eastern Africa, through restrictive and punitive film regulation policies which curtail works that could elicit critical discussion on the status of governance, human rights and equality in the region.
Africa Day was first held in 1963 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, when 32 countries formed the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans. As we commemorate this day here are a few songs from African greats and newer additions to the culture that highlight some of the themes and some that will just make for a good day!
Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata 29, is among the new batch of fellows for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, following their graduation at Glen ridge Church in Stamford Hill, Durban last week. The young achiever completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. Even though there is still a lot to do, it is clear that the face of Neurosurgery is certainly changing in several parts of Africa. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
Pope Francis will on June 28 elevate five Roman Catholic prelates from outside Italy and the Vatican to the rank of Cardinal. Among those to be elevated to Cardinal is Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako, Mali a significant move. Africa represents about 12.6% of global Catholic population. 90% of Malians are Muslim, and about 5% are Christian of which about two-thirds are Roman Catholic.
On the 29th of April Sandile Mantsoe is alleged to have killed his 22-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, before setting alight and dumping her body in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa. Karabo’s death has sparked a social media outcry with the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The online conversation has given a platform for women to share personal and secondary accounts of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of men.
Carson Huey-You a 14-year-old boy has become one of the world’s youngest university graduates. He was just 11 when he began studying physics at Texas Christian University, also taking courses in Mathematics and Chinese. Carson is the youngest person to graduate in the University’s 144 year history. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and will return to TCU for his Master’s in Physics.
Femi Kuti is now the official world record holder for the longest single note held on a saxophone at an impressive and slightly alarming 51 min 35 seconds. We congratulate the afro beat legend on the remarkable achievement.
Femi Kuti was thought to have set a new world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone on 7th May at the New Africa Shrine. Femi’s held a note for 46 minutes 38 seconds. It turns out that the record was in fact broken by Vann Burchfield, a saxophonist in Birmingham standing at 47 minutes and 6 seconds. On finding out he missed out, Femi tweeted: “If this is so, then like I’ve said we will work to achieve the 50min mark. No wahala [no problem]. I believe I’ve still got a bit more energy in my tank.”
Although stamps are almost obsolete in their practical usage the cultural richness they preserve has drawn Kenyan digital artist Jacque Njeri to launch a project on her Instagram under the moniker @Fruit_Junkie that showcases stamps in a special way.