Congolese gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege is known as “Doctor Miracle” for his ability to surgically repair the horrific damage inflicted on sexually abused victims in a country described by a top UN official as “the rape capital of the world”.
Natasha Museveni, the daughter of Uganda’s long-time president, Yoweri Museveni, has directed a biographical film titled “27 Guns” that charts her father’s journey from rebel leader to power. It is the second-biggest Ugandan film of 2018 to open to a star-studded audience.
Visiting selected African countries for the first time, Melania Trump’s solo tour started in Ghana, where the ’emotional’ American First Lady lay a wreath for lost souls at the country’s House of Slaves. She referred to the location’s past happenings as “a tragedy”.
Soham El Wardini, former deputy mayor of Dakar, has taken over the position of her predecessor, Khalifa Sall, who was imprisoned in March 2017 for corruption. Wardini polled 64 votes against her opponent’s 13 votes and 11 votes for Moussa Sy and Banda Diop respectively.
Once featured on many “top five greatest of all time” lists but now infamous rapper Kanye West says he is headed to Africa to finish his delayed upcoming album, ‘Yandhi’. Africans on Twitter made it clear that while he remains in the sunken place, his visit is far from being eagerly anticipated.
Cesaria Evora was a Cape Verdean singer and Grammy Award-winning artist known for singing the island’s little-known blues style, morna. She earned the nickname “Barefoot Diva”, based on her fondness for going without shoes while giving voice to the emotional chronicles of her country’s bitter history.
Senegalese-American singer and philanthropist Aliaume Damala Badara, aka Akon, has promised 5 000 solar-powered streetlights and 2 500 traffic lights to support Sierra Leone’s electrification agenda.
Popular illustrator Nicholle Kobi is known for her representation of black women in all their variations in an online space that rarely features them and a country that shuns them. Her work is inspired by the simple manifesto “Carefree Yet Refined”.
Numerous aspects of African traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions cannot be patented or copyrighted. This leaves them open to exploitation by foreign entities. It is important that the entrepreneurs of the future understand the shortcomings of patenting in developing countries.