In 1992, the Free Ethiopian Church of South Africa had their centenary celebration. Nelson Mandela gave a speech that outlined eight tasks for the church. The tasks included, national reconciliation, supporting democracy, and the war on violence, in addition to acting as “the conscience of the present and future society”. Are churches across Africa drawing any lessons from Mandela’s counsel?
Yes, there are more fires in Africa than Brazil. But unlike the Amazon, Africa’s savannah has evolved to grow back quickly.
The Nigeria government has buckled under pressure, reducing visa charges for Americans visiting the country. The US Government earlier this week announced new visa fees for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians. The new “reciprocity fee” regime was scheduled to take effect from August 29.
Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent?
Malawi’s opposition and civil society are ready for more protests over the presidential poll results.
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.
Cameroon’s English speaking people suffer gross marginalisation and are treated as second-class citizens by the Francophone government.
For Africans and diasporans, learning about their heritage is important. But it remains to be seen how this will translate into a sustained continental and diasporan engagement.