Socrates Mbamalu

About the Author Socrates Mbamalu

Socrates Mbamalu was born in Nigeria and grew up in Kenya. His works have appeared in Waza Africa, Saraba Magazine, Deyu African, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Sankofa Mag, Jalada and adda. He is a 2016 Saraba Nonfiction Manuscript prize awardee. His Saraba nonfiction manuscript The Kenyan Boy is due for publication as an Ebook next year. He can be found on Twitter as @linsoc .


Zimbabwe loses opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to cancer: Tributes pour in

The death of Zimbabwe’s pre-eminent opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has come as a shock to the nation and the continent. Tsvangirai was a colossal  political figure, a charismatic leader who tirelessly fought for democracy. Save, as Tsvangirai was affectionately known was undoubtedly the most effective opposition leader in Zimbabwe since independence. Tributes continue to pour in as the nation, and continent mourns the death of a brave leader.


Bob Marley’s statue to be built in Zimbabwe

Robert Nester Marley is no doubt an icon. In 1980, he performed in Zimbabwe during the independence day celebrations, the only African country in which he performed at independence day. He also sang a song, ‘Zimbabwe’ in 1978 for the Zimbabwean freedom fighters. There are plans underway to build a statue in Zimbabwe in honour of Bob Marley.


President Paul Kagame elected Chairperson of the African Union for 2018

President Paul Kagame was recently elected the new Chairperson of the African Union. In his acceptance speech President Kagame emphasised African unity and integration as fundamental elements for building Africa’s wealth. “Our people deserve a brighter future. Their sacrifice and hard work should be rewarded with better lives for families and communities,” President Kagame said.

George Weah

Liberia: President George Weah slashes salary by 25%

The applause that African leaders receive upon cutting their salaries raises questions on the expectations of citizens from leaders. Liberia’s President George Weah recently announced that his salary will be cut by 25%. The salary cut is however not the solution to fixing a broke Liberia but it is a strong gesture, which signals that the days of profligacy are numbered.