South Sudan; the world’s youngest nation; has cancelled its sixth Independence Day celebrations for the second year in a row. The country celebrates its independence on the 9 of July but due to the worsening economic crisis, this year’s anniversary has been called off.
South African icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka took home top honours at the BET International Awards, receiving the International Global Good Star and Power Award.
Posing in a headpiece from Nike’s first hijab collection, the 19-year-old trailblazer Halima Aden looked luminescent on July’s issue cover of the top American women’s beauty magazine Allure titled: “This is American Beauty.” Somali trailblazer Halima is the first hijab-wearing model on cover of Allure magazine.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa, has achieved yet another remarkable feat, winning the SKYTRAX World Airline Award for The Best Airlines in Africa at the Paris Air Show on June 20, 2017. A hearty congratulations on the award.
When he took office in 2015, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was hailed as a president unafraid to roll-up his sleeves alongside citizens. His nickname, “The Bulldozer,” was meant as a compliment for his relentless work ethic. Magufuli has however come under attack for controversial and regressive remarks that girls would not be allowed back to school if they became pregnant and gave birth.
Emojis have become a part of our modern vocabulary. Child development organisation Plan International launched campaign for period emojis; electronic message icons or smileys used to express emotions; to represent menstruation on mobile devices to create a conversation, demystify and normalize the natural cycle in women.
South Africa: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille insists her latest apology over her colonialism tweets is genuine – and admits she shouldn’t have continued to defend her comments. It looks that outside the DA, many South Africans, and indeed Africans are skeptical of the apology and the issue seems far from forgiven.
Uganda and Tanzania have decided to have their new standard gauge railway lines built with electric capability, as they plan to eventually upgrade to electric trains when energy supply needs are eventually met, a vast difference from Kenya’s diesel fuelled trains.
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie keeps breaking boundaries, winning a special Mary McCarthy award for her thought evoking novels and charismatic public awareness. Adichie was last month conferred with an honorary degree from Haverford College, an institution in Pennsylvania, United States.