US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and #ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda have a difficult few weeks ahead. Hillary has to beat a man who says he won’t accept defeat while Bensouda has to convince several African presidents that the ICC is not racially profiling them. Can Hillary and Bensouda succeed or will the “difficult men” have their way in the end?
Mercy Mulayi a 19-year-old Ugandan trainee pilot considered a talented and “natural pilot” has won a prestigious scholarship offered by a U.S. based Women Pilots Association, Ninety-Nines. The opportunity puts the young protégé closer to her dream, to become a pilot with Uganda’s Defence Air Force. #WomenInAviation
Today Burundi observes Ndadaye Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the country’s democracy, President Melchior Ndadaye assassinated today in 1993, aged just 40. A unifying figure who fought ethnic divisions, Ndadaye was a moderate and he is remembered for charting a conciliatory course for governance, which was cut short after his assassination.
The IAAF has announced the shortlist for this year’s World Athlete of the year award. The list of 20 superstars has seven African athletes including South African duo of Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, Kenya’s David Rudisha and Vivian Cheruiyot as well as Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana. Fans will also get to vote on the IAAF’s social media platforms. Who are you voting for?
Today the people of Mozambique commemorate the anniversary of the death of founding President Samora Machel. Africa pays tribute to Machel, and to celebrate the legacy of President Samora, we remember Samora through quotes about what he stood and fought for.
On this day Africa lost one of its most celebrated liberation heroes, a fighter and revolutionary leader, Mozambican President Samora Machel who perished in a fatal plane crash in 1986. Today we join Mozambique to commemorate the legacies of President Samora and pay homage to this African hero.
We congratulate Zamzam Dahir Mohamud who has made history when she became the first woman elected to represent Galmudug state in Somalia’s new upper house of parliament.
In an initiative to leapfrog infrastructural challenges affecting the delivery of healthcare solutions in parts of Rwanda, the country has launched a drone delivery network to transport vital blood supplies to remote areas of the country. The technology milestone is being celebrated and applauded on social as a major achievement which will save lives, and there’s hope that the initiative could spur the development of similar projects in the delivery of medical supplies in remote parts of Africa.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 has been awarded to American songwriter, and singer Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The award has caused a deep consternation amongst African social media users who feel seminal Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o deserved to win the Prize.