The opening of the new Chinese Community and Police Co-operation Centre and the 3rd term opening of the Chinese language training programme in Port Elizabeth, South Africa has raised questions about China’s role in various institutions in African countries.
A Malawian court has given an injunction to stop the construction of the $10 million Mahatma Gandhi statue. The “Gandhi Must Fall” group gave 18 grounds against the construction of the statue.
The 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) was launched on the 29th of October, 2018. Rwanda ranked 1st in the transparency and accountability, rural sector, gender, and the business environment sub-categories. It also ranked 5th in health. Nigeria ranked 47th in health, 33rd in education and 47th in national security.
The Ake Arts and Book Festival has been rated as the best literary festival on the continent. Held in Lagos this year, guests came from as far as Greece. The festival has established itself as an ideal space for Africans to discuss issues they’d otherwise not be safe to discuss elsewhere.
Liberia’s President George Weah has declared that the University of Liberia and all other Public Universities in Liberia will now be free for all undergraduates. Do you think this is feasible and can other African countries afford to offer free tertiary education?
Nompumelelo Kapa is the first person in the University of Fort Hare’s 102 year history to have written and published a PhD thesis in isiXhosa. Dr Kapa received her PhD in Literature and Philosophy for her thesis in isiXhosa, one of South Africa’s official languages.
31 years after his murder, the first stone of the five meter bronze monument to the memory of Capt Thomas Sankara was laid on October 15, 2018 in Ouagadougou. How else should Africans honour and remember their icons, heroes and heroines?
In a historic moment, Belgium has elected its first black mayor, Congolese politician, Pierre Kompany, the father of Vincent Kompany, Manchester City’s Captain. Pierre (71), a Mechanical Engineer who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and came to Belgium in 1975 as a refugee.
In Ethiopia,19 year-old Betelhem Dessie has quickly risen from a young pioneer to a leading figure in the tech community. She handles five projects and has seven patents to her name.