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.
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.