Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote donated $20 million to help change narratives about Africa in the world. The donation was made to The Africa Center in New York, towards reversing the trend of negative news on Africa. Funding is the greatest challenge for media startups in the Global South, and there is need for local and international donors to invest in sustaining and growing media organisations in their work.
Nigeria’s youths continue to suffer under police brutality and extortion. The Nigerian Police was ranked the worst in Africa in 2017. Reforms were promised, but the Nigerian Police has not changed much about its image and interaction with the public.
Nigerians celebrated independence from Britain on October 1, 1960. The country has been plagued with leadership problems which Nigerian Afrobeat maestro Fela Kuti railed against. Fela has been labelled a prophet by many Nigerians, but is he really a prophet or it’s just the Nigerian society which has failed to change.
Bobi Wine’s distinctive red berets worn by his People Power Movement party members has been assigned to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), thus making it illegal to be worn by civilians or sold on the streets.
The political unity of Africa has been an elusive vision. The United States of Africa premised on Pan-African ideals still remains a pipe dream despite having been pushed by numerous African political leaders. Is the United States of Africa a realistic vision we should continue to pursue or it’s still an ambitious dream?
Do Africans countries have leaders who are concerned about protecting the rights of citizens or the leaders are simply Vagabonds In Power (VIPs) as described by Fela Kuti? For many people, one of Africa’s biggest challenge is selfish leaders who are apathetic to the prevailing suffering of the millions of Africans.
EFF leader Julius Malema has criticised the AU and SADC as organisations that serve as gentlemen clubs. Malema was addressing journalists in Harare, Zimbabwe and said “They don’t call each other out. They are unable to say you are wrong here, you are wrong there”.
Nollywood films are making their mark on Netflix and the newest addition, King of Boys, a political thriller movie directed by renowned Nigerian video director, Kemi Adetiba, is receiving positive reviews from film critics, and on social media.
Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh went to Dallol, Afar, Ethiopia, an extreme landscape where it is dry and hot to capture the essence of water to life. Through her work Muluneh highlights how water scarcity is mainly a burden on women.