It is 20 years since the death of Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, but his music remains a weapon against injustice around the world. At his spiritual home, the New Afrika Shrine, fans keep his memory alive.
Zimbabwe’s microfinance banks have begun accepting cattle and other livestock as collateral to enable entrepreneurs in rural areas to obtain startup finance for their projects.
The fight against corruption in Africa has been slow and arduous. So, when the African Union marked the first African Anti-Corruption Day on 11 July 2017, declaring its commitment to fighting corruption, it is no surprise that not many were excited about the declaration. Linus Unah looks at the attempts by various countries to combat corruption to figure out if these governments are serious.
Minister Fikile Mbalula is exacerbating a deadly combination of public vigilantism and police brutality in South Africa. People already terrorised by crime are set to find themselves at the mercy of abuse by the police and the army if the minister is not checked.
‘I don’t see any side winning a war in northern Mali.’ This Is Africa discussed the issues in Mali with Serge Daniel, author, journalist and renowned specialist on the region.
Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya has been the scene of protests following the withdrawal of main opposition candidate Raila Odinga from the presidential election set for October 26, 2017. The political crisis has further deepened after parliament passed an amendment to the electoral law saying if one candidate withdraws from a re-run, the other automatically wins. Kenya faces a precarious future following the recent political developments.
The advisory board of the NLNG Prize has announced its 2017 winner. Ikeogu Oke has won the coveted prize for his collection The Heresiad. About 184 poets entered the race for the staggering sum of USD100 000 and the three-man shortlist was announced in September. The list generated heated debate over the soul of Nigerian poetry and the fate of Nigerian literature in general.
Today, a monument “Arch for Arch” will be unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa in honour of one of the country’s beloved freedom fighters, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, coinciding with The Arch’s 86th birthday.