Today the world remembers the death and celebrates the legacy of an Africa statesman Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. Mwalimu Nyerere died of leukaemia in London in 1999. We look at some important moments in Baba wa Taifa’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.
Today Tanzania observes Nyerere Day, commemorating the death of the founding leader, and one of Africa’s most respected nationalists, Julius Kambarge Nyerere who died today in 1999, aged 77. We remember Baba wa Taifa, Mwalimu Nyerere and pay homage to this African hero.
Today Burundi observes Rwagasore Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the anti-colonial struggle, founding leader, and one of Africa’s most respected nationalists, Prince Louis Rwagasore who died today in 1961, aged just 29. We remember Prince Rwagasore, and pay homage to this African hero.
Burundi just made history. 94 out of 110 lawmakers in the country’s parliament today voted in support of a Bill that will set the court firmly on the course of formally withdrawing from the ICC. The move comes while Burundi is at the centre of international attention for banning UN investigators from entering the country to investigate human rights violations. Do you think Burundi has made the right move?
Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been awarded the prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award in recognition of his outstanding literary achievements. Thiong’o is the sixth recipient of the award since its inauguration in 2011 and he was recognized by the review committee for his outstanding work, which have been a “great influence on world literature”. Thiong’o will receive the award later this month.
The moment of glory beckons for 18 authors shortlisted for this year’s South African Literary Awards (SALA). The 18 writers were selected from a total of 132 submissions and the winners will be announced on 7 November, at a prestigious event at the University of South Africa (Unisa). The awards are the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in the country’s effervescent literary landscape.
Equatorial Guinea today celebrates its independence from Spanish rule, attained on 12 October 1968. Happy Independence Day to all our brothers and sisters. We look at 10 facts which give a snapshot of the country.
Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, is basking in the glory of his recent success after scooping an award in a prestigious photography contest. Hakulandaba was named among the three winners in Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition. Kenya’s Stephen Simiyu, and Esdore Hakizimana from Uganda were also honoured for their breath-taking pictures.
In what suggests a fundamental shift in attitudes, many Africans agree with Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu’s position that terminally ill people deserve the right to decide when they shall die. Archbishop Tutu made his views known last week on the day he turned 85. Many young Africans have come out in support of Tutu on social media, terming his stance brave and humane. What side of the debate are you on and is it time African countries passed laws allowing for assisted suicide?