Zimbabwe will hold fresh elections in a few months. But are the country’s young people ready to get involved in politics?
Stereotypical views about Africa aren’t only evident in China’s media — they pervade everyday life in China.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting five of Africa’s 54 countries: Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Tillerson’s mission will produce few benefits for Africa, or for US-Africa relations. Unless the few existing partnership agreements are reaffirmed, America’s declining importance and influence on the continent will continue.
As black people, our hair is an expression of the infinite possibilities that emanate from the creative and daring consciousness.
A lack of access to electricity hampers development. Rwanda has implemented one of the most comprehensive electrification programmes in the world. In 2009 only 6% of Rwandans had access to electricity. The government’s aim is to lift this to 70% by 2018.
Chinese media portray Africa in stereotypes not dissimilar to the rest of the world. The continent is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s death, combined with Robert Mugabe’s coup-led removal as president of ZANU-PF and the country just a few months ago, could mark the end of the Zimbabwean political parties’ internecine fighting.
Contrary to popular sentiment that the coup in Zimbabwe would usher in a new era of democracy, the military intervention is much more about a succession crisis in the ruling Zanu-PF.
As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it’s a good time to assess whether democracy is working.