Former President Daniel arap Moi’s death has divided opinion among Kenyans. Celebrated by many, but despited by others, Moi leaves behinds a contested and problematic legacy. Moi’s record of massacres, torture, and corruption remains a story that critics say should define how he will be remembered. What memory did the Moi years bring?
The heavyweight boxing division continues to grow, becoming even more competitive. With a new generation of young British boxers coming fast behind the likes of Anthony Joshua, Dereck Chisora and Dyllian White, a new name, David Adeleye, made his debut and won in the first round.
Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, Egypt’s Mo Salah, Ghanaian reggae-dance hall artist Shatta Wale, Ivory Coast former Captain Didier Drogba, and South Sudanese Raptors lead scout, Sarah Chan are among the many Africans who have paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. RIP Kobe, you’ll always remain a legend.
Nigeria was ranked the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa and 146 out of 180 in the world. The ranking led to the country’s anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to issue a rebuttal, calling the rating baseless.
A new literary magazine, Lolwe, founded by Kenyan writer Troy Onyango was launched on the 23rd of January 2020. Onyango has received support from writers on the continent including Nigerian author of Season of Crimson Blossom, Adam Abubakar Ibrahim, and Zimbabwean author of House of Stone, Novuyo Tshuma
A Nigerian investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo has exposed the corruption and decrepit state of the country’s oldest psychiatric hospital, Yaba Nero-Psychiatric Hospital.
On February 22, the people of Togo will go to the polls. There have been protests against the rule of Faure Gnassingbé who took over power from his father in 2005. A constitutional change that would allow President Gnassingbé to extend his stay power till 2030 was approved by the parliament. Protesters are still demanding that Faure must go.
Ugandan academic and activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi currently incarcerated at Luzira Prison serving an 18-month sentence for ‘cyber harassment’ has won the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award.
Senegalese musician and entrepreneur Akon signed an agreement to have his own city with the aim of also promoting tourism in Senegal. Akon City will make use of the cryptocurrency Akoin.