How do you sense your city in relation to taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing? African Crossroads 2019 seeks to explore the various experiences Africans have of their cities.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari shut his country’s border with neighbouring countries: Benin Republic and Niger, but Nigerian businesses are bearing the brunt of the closure which violates ECOWAS protocol.
For the past three years the public servants of eSwatini Kingdom have received no pay rise, but their leader, King Mswati III just purchased 120 BMWs and 19 Rolls Royce. The purchase of the vehicles has been widely criticised, seen as wasteful spending amid high poverty levels, low wages for public workers and rising cost of living.
The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda presented the situation of Libya before the UN Security Council. The human security situation in Libya is of grave concern. Bensouda said there’s “an escalation of violence, high number of civilian deaths, thousands of persons internally displaced, and a sharp increase in abductions, disappearances and arbitrary arrests across Libya.”
Since 1945, the CFA franc has been the currency used by French colonies, and the usage of the currency continued after independence. Benin President Patrice Talon revealed that the West African Monetary Union has unanimously agreed to take back control of its currency, withdrawing foreign reserves of the West African CFA from France. The move has been welcomed across the continent.
The Uganda Police has come under criticism for its use of brutal force on opposition leaders and citizens following the attack on Dr. Kizza Besigye, one of Uganda’s most prominent opposition leaders and members of his party.
Italian club AS Roma launched a Kiswahili Twitter account and many in East Africa and across Africa are loving it. The club is the first major European football club to launch an official Swahili Twitter account, with the intention to break “communication barriers” and “directly engage with these fans in a way that suits them”.
Sudan has appointed its first female Chief Justice Neemat Abdullah Kheir. Her appointment comes as the country looks to transition into a full democracy. The historic appointment is being celebrated as a progressive step towards gender equality.
As we remember the Burkinabe leader Thomas Sankara who was assassinated in 1987, we reflect on governance on the continent. We look at some exemplary African leaders, while appealing to others in power to draw inspiration from Sankara’s selfless leadership.