Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the relevance of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), after damaging withdrawals from the institution by three African countries. Annan said Africa needs the Court more than ever “because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished”. Annan has previously argued that the ICC does not target Africa, and victims of heinous crimes, and others who cannot get justice in their domestic courts should have a provision to seek justice abroad.
South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been awarded this year’s Forbes Africa Person of the Year accolade for her unwavering fight against corruption and “quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore.” Madonsela is the sixth recipient of the prestigious accolade, which started in 2011. In the past, the award has been won by accomplished entrepreneurs, and this year marks the first time that the accolade has been won by an individual who is not a business person.
It never rains but it pours for the beleaguered International Criminal Court (ICC), with Russia confirming that it will withdraw from the ICC following a directive signed by President Vladimir Putin. Reeling from recent withdrawals by three African counties, the ICC has found itself in a sticky position, as it fights to justify its relevance and impartiality, amidst threats by more countries to quit the Court for its perceived bias. Could the ICC recover from these major setbacks?
On the 9th of November Americans went to the polls, electing Republican candidate Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, against all odds, bringing to a close one of the most polarised and hard fought campaigns in recent history. The historic result sent shockwaves across the world. As the billionaire businessman prepares to occupy the Oval Office the post-election conversations have centred on the fundamental questions: What does a Trump presidency mean for Africa? What does Africa want from Donald Trump?
Have you ever thought of visiting a ski resort within the African continent, well there is one that you should definitely explore, Oukaimeden, in Morocco and it’s really a breath-taking place. Oukaimeden, is the highest ski resort in Africa, nestled in Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
The five-day Ake Arts and Book Festival an annual literary festival held in Abeokuta, Nigeria kicks off today. This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality, with a lengthy guest list, which includes, distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Okey Ndibe, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Lidudumalingani, Noviolet Bulawayo, Panashe Chigumadzi, Zukiswa Wanner, Udoka Oyeka, among others.
Today is the World Diabetes Day, and Africa joins the rest of the world in observing this important day, devoted to raising awareness about the disease. Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease which is characterized by high levels of blood glucose. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 25 million (7.1 percent) people have diabetes in the African region. Undiagnosed diabetes remains a major threat in Africa. The time to act is now, and there is need to join hands and continue raising awareness of the disease.
Today marks ten years since South African legendary jazz musician Jabu Khanyile passed on. We pay tribute to this African jazz icon, and remember the legend through his music, which undoubtedly left an indelible mark.
Today is Angola’s Independence Day attained in 1975. We honour all those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle against Portuguese rule and colonialism, and remember all those who died in the liberation war and subsequent conflicts. Feliz Dia da Independência.