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.
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.
It’s finally here; Forbes Africa has released a list of the richest African musicians. Nigeria dominates the list with three artists in the top 10; The list features greats such as Zimbabwe’s Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi who has 65 albums under his belt, South African great Hugh Masekela and Black Coffee also feature on the list.
Suleyman “Sulley” Muntari’s one-match ban for protesting after being racially abused during a Series A game has been overturned by the Italian FA. Muntari has received overwhelming support from various players for standing up against racism. Muntari’s stand is a step that will hopefully be a catalyst for change in the fight against the racial discrimination of black players worldwide.