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We remember young African revolutionary leaders who were assassinated

Today we remember the highly intelligent, revolutionary, fearless African political leaders and activists who were assassinated towards independence and after their respective countries attained independence. From the turmoil in DR Congo which many trace to the assassination of Patrice Lumumba to the spirit of uprightness in Burkina Faso, which many say still has the spirit of Sankara hovering over it, most colonial powers have been responsible for these assassinations. We take a look and reflect on these young African revolutionary leaders who died for their cause to see a free and liberated Africa.

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Africa Day Playlist: 10 irresistible African gems to celebrate Africa Day

Africa Day was first held in 1963 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, when 32 countries formed the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans. As we commemorate this day here are a few songs from African greats and newer additions to the culture that highlight some of the themes and some that will just make for a good day!

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Africa Day: Youth participation, the power is in our hands

Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. On Africa Day (25th May) we celebrate the fruits of our freedom from colonial powers, and African Unity. This year the day is commemorated under the African Union’s theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”. Yes the future and power is in our hands, however, we ask how exactly will the young #Africans harness the demographic dividend? #FutureAfrica54

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Africa Day 2017: Context, Consciousness, Action (Not Dividends)

Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. Commemorated under the African Union’s theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”. Takura Zhangazha discusses that while being a young African is important, it is not enough if one is not only historically and politically conscious of the many progressive struggles that have brought the continent to where it is today. The ideas that drove the liberation movements remain valid as they were in the past, as they are today and as they will be tomorrow.

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African governments are lagging behind in open data

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.

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Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.

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Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day

Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. Communication has always been an integral part of our continent. Think talking drums, town criers, drawings in caves across Southern Africa, and the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians. The emergence of new communication technologies has changed the face of communication in the continent. The theme for 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact”. How easy or affordable is it to communicate with your loved ones in your country?

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Mother’s Day 2017: Google celebrates motherhood with a special ‘cactus mom’ doodle

Today Africans across the continent celebrate Mother’s Day. Google used its doodle to pay tribute to mothers. The animated doodle shows the story of a cactus mom through various stages of motherhood. The doodle honours mothers across the world and celebrates the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world, and we thank you for all the sacrifices, and love.