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Nigerian presidency release photo of Buhari in London

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made an appearance since leaving the country for medical treatment in London, appearing in a picture released on Twitter by the Presidency of Nigeria. Although the latest picture could dispel the rumours doing the rounds in Nigeria, lack of clarity on the nature of Buhari’s illness and what the prognosis for his long-term health could be, can spur more damaging speculations.

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French President Macron’s failed litmus test on Africa

With the new rhetoric many Western leaders are throwing, the narrative surrounding colonialism will eventually be shaped according to what the colonisers say, and not according to the experiences of Africans, the victims of the crimes. When the legacies of colonialism are pinned down to roads and hospitals, what becomes of the painful experiences, and stories of Africans who still bear its brunt? The definition and yardstick of civilisation really needs to be revisited and contested.

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5 pictures of African literary giant Wole Soyinka on his 83rd birthday

Today an African literary giant Prof Wole Soyinka celebrates his birthday. Prof Soyinka, a Nigerian poet and novelist turns 83. Soyinka is considered one of the foremost African poetry, and prose writers. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category. As we celebrate Prof Soyinka’s 83rd birthday, we look at some moments in his life in pictures.

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Cartoon: Africa has “civilisational” problems French President Macron says

France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, has come under fire for the racist remarks he made during a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg on why there was no Marshall plan for Africa. In his response Macron said that Africa has “civilisational” problems and the continent’s challenges also have to do with “countries today still are having 7 to 8 children per woman.” These racist statements have led to wide condemnation on social media. It seems, the more things change, the more they remain the same as far as racist attitudes and stereotypes about Africa are concerned.

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Zimbabwe: Pres Mugabe hands a $1 million cheque to the AU after Zim’s cattle sale

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has donated 300 cows to raise money for the Africa Union (AU) Foundation to help stop dependance on foreign aid funding. President Mugabe handed a $1 million cheque to the AU after the cattle were sold in Zimbabwe. The cheque was handed to the AU at its leaders’ summit in Ethiopia, and Pres Mugabe said his friends helped contribute to the noble cause to help end AU’s aid dependancy. However, President Mugabe’s donation has been met with strong criticism considering that the gift comes amid a severe cash crisis in Zimbabwe.


International Widows Day: “Invisible Women, Invisible Problems”.

#Widows globally and particularly in #Africa are victims of all types of harassment and discrimination emanating from several myths and misconceptions. After losing their husbands, widows may suffer a double blow of being accused of witchcraft, suffer inheritance denial and can even be shunned and neglected by society. Today is International Widows Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to bring attention to the plight of widows globally.