An American journalist Darlene Superville stirred the hornet’s nest after she tweeted a picture of global leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, identifying three heads of state except for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whom she referred to as an “unidentified leader”. The reference was heavily criticised by Twitter users, seen as one steeped in sheer ignorance and disrespect.
Twitter users came out in defence of South African opposition EFF leader, Julius Malema who was accused in a post of leading a contradictory flashy life while pretending to fight for the poor. Malema was pictured flying in the luxury of business class during a domestic flight.
South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha has become the latest star to join the “Coming 2 America” cast, in the upcoming sequel to the 1988 comedy.
Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba walked away with the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction for her story, “Valley of Memories,” while South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe won the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize for her story, “Maserumo”. We congratulate Frances Ogamba and Resoketswe Manenzhe.
In a landmark ruling South Africa’s Equality Court has ruled that it’s now illegal to publicly display the apartheid flag in South Africa. The court ruled that displaying the apartheid flag constitutes hate speech. The historic ruling, which come 25 years after the racist apartheid regime was ended has been widely hailed by civic groups and members of the public on social media.
In Australia and Britain, lawmakers have been egged for making unpopular statements. In many parts of Africa, lawmakers move freely in convoys while the masses suffer. Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu however received an unusual welcome at Nuremberg, Germany when he was beaten and chased away from an event to mark the New Yam festival.
Former U.S President Barack Obama has shared his annual summer reading list, which includes How to Read the Air, a book by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The list includes seminal works by various celebrated writers including Toni Morrison, Téa Obreht, Colson Whitehead, Ted Chiang, Haruki Murakami, and Hilary Mantel.
Deeply influenced by Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement, artist David Koloane, who died on 30 June 2019, believed that artists have a right to define their own work.
A group of South African teens have made aviation history successfully flying a light aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo in Egypt. A group of 20 inexperienced teenagers from diverse backgrounds across South Africa assembled the Sling 4 aircraft within three weeks.