Nigerians celebrated independence from Britain on October 1, 1960. The country has been plagued with leadership problems which Nigerian Afrobeat maestro Fela Kuti railed against. Fela has been labelled a prophet by many Nigerians, but is he really a prophet or it’s just the Nigerian society which has failed to change.
There is a strong framework of international laws and conventions that defend free speech, but Uganda continues to limit freedom of expression especially when the people criticise their president.
Law student and human rights activist Mary C. Namagambe is the founder of She for She. This hybrid company is working to tackle the lack of access to appropriate health care information and products, as well as the rate at which young girls in Africa are dropping out of schooling due to period poverty.
Cameroonian women’s rights activist Aïssa Doumara Ngatansou was awarded the Simone Veil International Prize for her commendable efforts in promoting the rights of Cameroonian women.
While South African struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela received a worthy statue befitting of her legacy, Burkina Faso’s former revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara whose statue was unveiled on the 2nd of March 2019 wasn’t so lucky. #Sankara’s statue recently unveiled has no resemblance to the celebrated Burkinabé leader. Many have asked if the infamous Rasta was involved.
Gani Taiwo is a 41-year-old artist and social activist who paints colourful murals on public toilets in the Ijora Badia slum of Lagos to help improve the settlement’s profile and its inhabitants’ quality of life.
Can Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili become the next Nigerian president?
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.
In Nigeria in the 80s and 90s, Fela Kuti was a major voice of opposition to the oppressive military regime through his music. In 2018, in Uganda, Bobi Wine, not only through his music but his activism too is fighting the same oppression and autocracy. We draw parallels between the Kalakuta President and the Ghetto President.