The world’s media are facing unprecedented challenges, from declining revenue, a broken business model and new forms of censorship, to threats to journalists’ safety, misinformation campaigns, competition with social media and growing public distrust.
Do Africans countries have leaders who are concerned about protecting the rights of citizens or the leaders are simply Vagabonds In Power (VIPs) as described by Fela Kuti? For many people, one of Africa’s biggest challenge is selfish leaders who are apathetic to the prevailing suffering of the millions of Africans.
After the death of Sudan; the last male northern white Rhino; the extinction of the species seemed imminent. Scientists have however managed to create two embryos using eggs from the two remaining female Northern White Rhinos and frozen sperm from deceased males. A step that may lead to the revival of the sub-species.
EFF leader Julius Malema has criticised the AU and SADC as organisations that serve as gentlemen clubs. Malema was addressing journalists in Harare, Zimbabwe and said “They don’t call each other out. They are unable to say you are wrong here, you are wrong there”.
Nigeria has an estimated total of 23,640 health facilities according to the Federal Ministry of Health census of 2005. While more health care facilities have been built in recent years, it appears more churches and mosques are opened in Nigeria than hospitals. There is under-investment in health care infrastructure, and the Nigerian government needs to do more if the country is to achieve most of the health-related SDGs.
Women in South Africa and Nigeria have taken to the streets to speak out against continued male perpetrated violence that has caused the deaths of an alarming number of women in the past few years. The protests have been under the rallying hashtags #ProtectPHGirls in Nigeria and #IAmNext in South Africa.
Bobi Wine’s political movement in Uganda shows how organised youth groups can challenge the status quo.
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
SA needs to end the denialism around xenophobia and engage in frank dialogue with its continental partners.