The government of Zimbabwe has approved the renaming of roads in the capital Harare and other cities to honour African liberation icons, Zimbabwean independence struggle stalwarts, and political figures who have supported the African cause. Those honoured include, Angola’s Agostinho Neto, Botswana founding leader Sir Seretse Khama, Patrice Lumumba and Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro among others.
Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy has received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his acclaimed album African Giant. Other Africans with a chance to win a Grammy include three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, and South African comedian Trevor Noah, nominated in the Best Comedy Album category.
France has returned to Senegal for a period of five years a sword which belonged to 19th Century Islamic and anti-colonial leader Omar Saidou Tall. Senegal’s President Macky Sall said this restitution of the sword, a “symbol of the resistance of a great scholar” “opens a new era”.
Luyanda Botha the South African man who raped and killed University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana will serve three life sentences for the rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana.
In a gruesome attack, criminals in Kitwe, Zambia hacked off and fled with the hand of a seven year-old girl with albinism. The crime, believed to be a ritual attack has caused an outrage in Zambia and on social media with prominent campaigners on albinism coming out to strongly condemn the senseless act.
Unstable relations between Nigeria and South Africa threaten the future of pan-African integration
Today we commemorate the death of an African Reggae legend #LuckyDube who was shot and killed during a hijack in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007. We pay tribute to this African Raggae music icon, and give you our selection of arguably Dube’s five best songs.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his successful peacemaking efforts in his region.
As an entry point for advocacy, litigation shapes public discourse. Importantly, it addresses violations and mitigates future violations. In Kenya, the High Court upheld the rights of a female Rastafari learner. She was expelled from school because of her dreadlocks. The court pronounced that “the rule that she cuts her hair is intrusive to her religion and not justifiable in a democratic country”.