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 .


Somalia elects a new president: Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

Somalia went to the polls to vote for a new president yesterday and the country has elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the new leader. A former prime minister, Farmajo won the election after two rounds of voting by members of parliament. He beat incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who conceded. Somalia remains deeply divided across clan lines, and corruption and insecurity remain its most serious concerns. The new president faces a daunting task and the transfer of power presents an opportunity to work towards peace and consolidate security.


Indomitable Lions clinch the prestigious Afcon trophy

Cameroon produced a masterstroke to beat highly fancied Egypt in the final of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. The Indomitable Lions claimed their fifth #AFCON title against all the odds, considering their difficult pre-tournament journey but they triumphed through hard work and determination. Congratulations to The Indomitable Lions on clinching Africa’s most prestigious soccer title.


Meet Tafadzwa Moyo: First Zimbabwean to exhibit at the International Fashion Showcase

For the first time, Zimbabwe will be represented at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS). IFS will host its sixth edition in London at the Somerset House where emerging designers from 28 countries will exhibit their talent. The founder of Kidd Hunta clothing, Tafadzwa Moyo, the first Zimbabwean to participate at IFS will be in London to showcase his remarkable work. We wish Tafadzwa Moyo all the best.


Makonde community granted citizenship, officially recognized Kenya’s 43rd ethnic group

The Makonde ethnic group, until yesterday was not an officially recognized ethnic group in Kenya. Despite their existence in the country before independence, and the promise by Kenya’s founding father, Jomo Kenyatta, to officially include them as citizens of the country, it was only yesterday that that promise was fulfilled. Members of the community were issued with identity cards, officially making the Makonde community the 43rd ethnic group in Kenya.


Morocco readmitted into the African Union: Will the AU remain resolute on Western Sahara?

The African Union (AU) welcomed an old member, the Kingdom of Morocco, that left the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) after the continental bloc refused to support Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, which it occupied in 1976. The dispute over Western Sahara will hog the limelight and the issue, which has continued to divide the AU member states will resurface and test the AU’s strength and resolve to address a longstanding political crisis.

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Rihanna Visits School In Malawi and meets learners

Global pop star Rihanna visited Malawi as part of her duties as the ambassador for Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The pop star whose philanthropic activities started with the establishment of her foundation, Clara Lionel Foundation, spent her time with students and the board of directors of GPE. The foundation says its committed to the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, through education.

Tribal Marks series III no. 7. Photo: Olatunji/Instagram

Meet Babajide Olatunji: The Dancing Artist

Young African artists don’t easily get the opportunity to get their work exhibited on an international stage. Talented Nigerian artist Babajide Olatunji managed to achieve the seemingly impossible. At the age of 24 in 2014, TAFETA gallery exhibited Olatunji’s work, Tribal Mark Series I in London, and the artist hasn’t looked back since the breakthrough.