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Africa Day: Youth participation, the power is in our hands

Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. On Africa Day (25th May) we celebrate the fruits of our freedom from colonial powers, and African Unity. This year the day is commemorated under the African Union’s theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”. Yes the future and power is in our hands, however, we ask how exactly will the young #Africans harness the demographic dividend? #FutureAfrica54

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Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.

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Mother’s Day 2017: Google celebrates motherhood with a special ‘cactus mom’ doodle

Today Africans across the continent celebrate Mother’s Day. Google used its doodle to pay tribute to mothers. The animated doodle shows the story of a cactus mom through various stages of motherhood. The doodle honours mothers across the world and celebrates the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world, and we thank you for all the sacrifices, and love.

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Celebrating the unsung heroes and heroines: International Nurses Day

Today is the International Nurses Day (IND) and we take an opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes who put the needs of others first. The day highlights the many ways nurses are leading the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Council of Nurses has chosen the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. We celebrate and acknowledge the invaluable contributions nurses continue to make across the world.

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Emmanuel Macron (39) elected president of France

Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday defeating Marine Le Pen (48), a far-right nationalist. Macron’s win has been met with a global sense of relief, across Africa, the 39 year-old’s election has elicited mixed reactions. Macron is France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. Yearning for renewal, and generational political change in their respective countries, Africa’s young people have taken to social media, drawing parallels between the young French leader, whose win has shaken the country’s political landscape with African leaders who continue to cling on to power.

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Hifa2017: Dance pictures from First Street Stage

Zimbabwe’s premier annual arts festival Harare International Festival of the Arts kicked off on Tuesday May 2 2017, showcasing arts and culture, different genres of music, spoken word, applied craft and design, theatre, fashion and dance. We feature the Zimbabwe College of Music students performing at Hifa OK Zimbabwe First Street Stage.

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Tanzania fires 10,000 civil servants over fake qualifications

Tanzanian President John Magufuli last week fired almost 10 000 civil servants because they had forged their educational qualifications. Magufuli reportedly said the vacant posts would be filled urgently by “qualified persons” The dismissal has been welcomed by many, seen as step in the right direction, which signals strong leadership and political will to effectively get rid of corruption. Since taking office Magufuli has been praised for taking bold steps, aimed at fighting corruption, profligacy, malfeasance and strengthening public sector transparency and accountability.