Despite the ongoing economic and liquidity crisis in Zimbabwe, the country’s tourism sector received a major boost, having been named on top travel publisher, Lonely Planet’s list of “best countries” to visit in 2019.
Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and large scale killing of farmers”. Trump’s “divisive” comments have set tongues wagging on social media, criticised and rejected by the South African government.
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has died aged 80, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced. He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the Foundation said.
Egypt and Liverpool’s sensational striker Mohamed Salah has been nominated for the FIFA best men’s player of last season. Congratulations to Salah on making the 10-man shortlist.
Former U.S President Barack Obama last week shared his annual summer reading list, which includes five classic books from prolific African writers. The list includes seminal works by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hisham Matar, and Nelson Mandela.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest and fastest-growing commercial airline is celebrating the delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets from Boeing. The airline will have the largest 737 MAX fleet in the continent.
Former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has stirred up a hornet’s nest with a provocative Twitter post questioning why South African, and African women wear Brazilian or Indian hair. “Black consciousness is required on the Hair Question. Why this foreign Hair?” he asked.
Mauritius has been ranked in the top 20 of the world’s most peaceful countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI). In the 12th edition of the Index, Mauritius was ranked number 20 out of 163 countries. On the continent Botswana came second, and ranked 29 globally. Sierra Leone was ranked (35), Madagascar (38), Ghana (41), Namibia (43), Malawi (44) and Zambia (48) respectively on the Global Index.
Today we celebrate the Day of the African Child with our selection of 10 young adults and children doing remarkable work across the continent.