South African comedian Trevor Noah, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Kenyan anti-genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete were among the Africans listed among the TIME Magazine‘s 100 most influential people.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told her #MeToo story this week during the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. In her closing keynote speech, Adichie spoke of how she was sexually harassed when she was a 17 year-old. Adichie was one of the 600 gender equality actors who participated in the Stockholm Forum.
Vusi Mahlasela, popularly called “The Voice of South Africa,” who was set to be conferred with a honorary doctorate by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for his contribution to society through his music could not receive his award this week due to illness. The university said it hopes the musician will be well enough to receive the degree at its spring graduation ceremony in September, 2018.
The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was first met with negative headlines by numerous local and global publications. The demonisation of an African woman comes easily to the Western media. But in this case, African women formed a vanguard against such negative stereotypical narratives and wrote Mama Winnie’s history with a golden pen, appropriately placing her where she belongs; a revolutionary leader and the spear of the nation.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli inaugurated a 24km wall built around the country’s tanzanite mines to prevent the smuggling of the precious stones. Magufuli has made moves to secure and protect the mining industry. Last year the Tanzanian government seized diamonds worth $15 million because they were undervalued.
Meet Jumanne Ngoma, the Tanzanian who discovered the Tanzanite gemstone in 1967 on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. He was recently honoured with $44,000 by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli after being abandoned for a long time. Jumanne was declared a hero for his sparkling discovery.
President Paul Kagame has not been credited enough with improving the Rwandan health system with the use of drones. Rwanda was the first country in the world to use drones in transporting blood to remote clinics, saving many lives. The drones have been improved on and will increase deliveries from 50 to 500.
General Paul Malong has formed a rebel group in South Sudan called the South Sudan United Front(SS-UF). Malong was a former army chief in President Salvar Kiir’s government. The conflict in South Sudan has been ongoing for the past seven years.
A statue of a black queen has been erected on Danish soil, the country’s first public monument dedicated to a black woman. Two black female artists Jeannette Ehlers of Denmark and La Vaughn Belle of the Virgin Islands created the collaborative sculpture entitled I AM QUEEN MARY in honour of Mary Thomas, a black queen who revolted against the Danish.