The Ugandan legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, recently revealed that he is willing to die in the attempt to gain freedom for Uganda. Despite all the torture he has been through, he will be going back home to Uganda.
The Young African Think’rs Convention is underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. The annual event is premised on ensuring young people run with Agenda 2063 to ensure sustainability and ownership of development. This year over 100 creatives from 14 countries converge to create action points to realise the vision set by the African Union.
African governments are lagging behind in open data, and are keeping data locked away as citizens demand accountability a new Open Data Barometer report has revealed. The report gives a global snapshot of how governments are using open data for accountability, innovation and social impact. The report revealed that key accountability metrics such as government spending, elections, public contracts, company ownership and land ownership are among the least open and often poor quality. The report recommends that government-held data must be open by default and follow the principles set out in the Open Data Charter.
Today we commemorate World Health Day amid reports by the World Health Organisation indicating that depression is the number one cause of ill-health globally. The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognizes that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. As we commemorate World Health Day, let us all remember that we are all vulnerable to depression.
Today is the World Day of Social Justice. Social justice is upheld through the promotion of social and gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We can advance social justice by removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Here are 10 memorable quotes, and excerpts from the works of a great African literary giant, Buchi Emecheta. Emecheta was greatly respected and admired for her creative and narrative writing about African women’s experiences in Africa and in Great Britain.