Zambia’s aviation records keep tumbling, Kalenga Kamwendo became the country’s youngest pilot last year aged 20 but that record has been shattered by 19 year-old Besa Mumba, who has just become Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot. Mumba secured her dream job as a pilot flying with the nation’s scheduled airline, Proflight Zambia.
As Malawi celebrates 52 years of independence, Levi Kabwato and Thoko Chikondi look back at the pain of the past and the leaders who have shaped the country into what it is today.
Tanzania has passed a provision, which stipulates that men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls will face 30 years in prison as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent child marriage. The country has one the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world, and to eliminate the scourge, the government has resolved to take tougher measures in the form of lengthy jail terms to protect school-girls.
A Nigerian engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa is set to launch a tractor, wholly designed and built in Nigeria, a laudable step in agricultural innovation. The invention could certainly be a game changer considering indications that labour costs for agriculture in Nigeria continue to rise while levels of mechanization remain low.
South Sudanese-Australian basketball sensation, 19 year-old Thon Maker has been selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 player graduated from high school in 2015. Congratulations on the draft.
Africa has lost one of its great writers, renowned Nigerian author, Elechi Amadi, popularly known for his debut masterpiece, The Concubine, which is widely considered his magnum opus. Amadi was born in Nigeria in 1934 and passed away on the 29th of June 2016. He was 82 years old. Amadi, indeed leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire African writers. May he rest in perpetual peace.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa, has achieved yet another remarkable feat, with the acquisition of Africa’s first Airbus A350 XWB. Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and most profitable airlines in Africa, has continued to expand as competing African airlines are mired in heavy losses
The plight of Tanzania’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, which has long suffered from social and institutionalised discrimination is set to continue following remarks that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality. While President John Magufuli has been commended for the early signs of good governance and tough stance of corruption, the rights of the LGBT community have not been protected.
African entrepreneurship is certainly on the rise and a Kenyan start-up, Enda Athletic (Enda means “go” in Swahili) has designed and developed world-class running shoes, which are inspired by the country imponderable greatness in running. We certainly hope Kenyan athletes will be sporting the debut Enda Iten running shoe in the foreseeable future.