The fight against racial discrimination on the continent has a long way to go. In a recent incident in Malawi, a black driver was called a monkey by his white employer, an incident which has caused an outrage. Hinteregger Jurgen, a German national faces deportation from Malawi for the slur.
An endangered language is defined as a language that is at a risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to another language. Many African speakers have shifted to other languages, mostly foreign languages and many African indigenous languages are on the brink of being endangered, nearing extinction. How African governments save these endangered African indigenous languages?
Veteran South African actor Joe Mafela died in a car accident on the 18th of March, and the nation is mourning the huge loss of a star, whose ineffable talent made him the darling of the country. South Africans who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s attribute part of the joys of their childhood to Mafela. Condolences messages continue to be posted on social media.
We start this week with heartwarming news, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first black female neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah left Ghana at the age of 15, and has been in the U.S for nearly 11 years. The first physician in her family, including the extended family, Abu-Bonsrah was matched with Johns Hopkins Hospital to specialize in Neurological Surgery. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
St. Lucian poet and playwright, Sir Derek Alton Walcott died today at his home at Cap Estate at the age of 87. The 1992 Nobel laureate for Literature had been hospitalised for a while. Walcott, who is arguably the greatest writer from the Caribbean first trained as a painter under Harold Simmons. He was the second Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature after Saint-John Perse won it in 1960. The continent joins the world in mourning the death of a Caribbean literary icon and tributes continue to pour in.
The Herero and Nama ethnic groups are in a New York court in a lawsuit filed against Germany for the atrocities committed, including the genocide of over 100,000 Ovaherero. So far the German government has been mute on the proceedings and is yet to send a lawyer. The Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Advocate Rukoro recently declared that “reparations are due and [should be] payable to us as a People COLLECTIVELY”.
Thando Hopa, a lawyer and model is the new face of Audi’s SUV car. The model has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood. Hopa is undoubtedly the perfect face, and her involvement with Audi could bring more discussions around albinism.
After the release of her essay, We Should All Be Feminsts, culled from her TED speech in 2013, Chimamanda Adichie released Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions. Dear Ijeawele is a short book that is inspired by a friend who asked Chimamanda for advice on how to raise her newly born daughter to be a feminist.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie finds herself on the spotlight for statements she made recently on transgender. The Nigerian novelist in an interview with Channel 4 categorically stated her thoughts on transgender women, and the remarks have been seen by many as problematic, while others have defended her comments.