Today November 25 marks the start of the #16DaysofActivism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.
French President Emmanuel Macron says France will return 26 pieces of art to Benin, after receiving a report calling for African artefacts housed in French museums to be returned. The report recommends restitution of objects taken from Africa during “scientific expeditions” and “objects seized within the military contexts”. There are at least 90,000 objects originating from sub-Saharan Africa currently in French Public Collections.
Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge and leading opposition figure has been sworn in as the head of Ethiopia’s National Election Board. Mideksa becomes the latest woman appointed to head a key public institution in the country.
A new report on the status of African artefacts held in various French museums will recommend the president to return the pieces which were stolen or taken “without consent” during the colonial period. The report recommends full restitution not the long-term loan of such objects.
The University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa has appointed Professor Tawana Kupe as the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University. Prof Kupe becomes the first black person to be the VC and Principal at UP.
If you had the opportunity to choose another president from an African country to govern your country, who would you choose to bring about the change you desire?
Ghana is the latest African country to support Israel’s push to rejoin the African Union as an observer member. Palestine is currently an observer member, and Israel’s questionable history with the continent, including installing Idi Amin as president, and other historical legacies could be major obstacles.
Celebrated Kenyan writer Ngugi Thiong’o’s remarkable novel, Matigari, is being adapted to film by Nollywood Director Kunle Afolayan. The revelation comes at an opportune time when African storytelling in film and dance has gained global prominence in recent years.
Today we celebrate Ilhan Omar who has made history becoming first Somali American, and first refugee ever to be elected to Congress. Omar, together with Rashida Tlaib, also become the first Muslim congresswomen.