Complex and chequered history: Condolences flood in following Robert Mugabe’s passing
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Politics and Society Complex and chequered history: Condolences flood in following Robert Mugabe’s passing

The death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has elicited mixed reactions. Some remember Mugabe as a nationalist, Pan-Africanist, brave revolutionary, but for others Mugabe’s long hold on power, and autocracy will remain a stain on his contested legacy. Various political groups in Zimbabwe and across the continent have sent out their condolence messages on the passing on of President Mugabe.

South Africa’s Thebe Magugu is the first African designer to win LVMH prize worth €300,000
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Africans rising South Africa’s Thebe Magugu is the first African designer to win LVMH prize worth €300,000

26 year-old Thebe Magugu is the first African to win the prestigious LVMH prize. The fashion talent prize comes with a €300,000 cash award, and includes a year of “technical and financial support” from the luxury giant. The South African designer was part of 1,700 applicants from 100 countries who applied for the LVMH prize.

Nigerians protest against South African owned businesses in the country
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Politics and Society Nigerians protest against South African owned businesses in the country

Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos, and other parts of the country, destroying and looting what they suspected to be South African owned shops, businesses and properties in retaliatory attacks. The retaliatory attacks in Lagos have shown that tension between South Africa and Nigeria is likely to continue until the deep underlying causes of self-hatred and hatred against fellow Africans are addressed.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and VP react to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
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Politics and Society Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and VP react to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

Nigerians are disappointed with the slow reaction of their government to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has only addressed the country via tweets, and no specific nor substantial actions have been discussed to address the crisis. In a message President Buhari said he is “sending a Special Envoy to President Ramaphosa to share our deep concern about the security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa”.