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What is Africa’s stake in Notre Dame?
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Politics and Society What is Africa’s stake in Notre Dame?

After the Notre Dame fire, many straight-shooters among us turned to social media to offer a history lesson on all the unsavoury things France has done to Africa and remind us why it is not our place to catch feelings. Instead of being salty and criticising the West for stepping up to handle something they consider an emergency, should our reaction not be to reflect on ourselves as a society and what our priorities are? asks Lineo Segoete

President Paul Kagame elected Chairperson of the African Union for 2018
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Politics and Society President Paul Kagame elected Chairperson of the African Union for 2018

President Paul Kagame was recently elected the new Chairperson of the African Union. In his acceptance speech President Kagame emphasised African unity and integration as fundamental elements for building Africa’s wealth. “Our people deserve a brighter future. Their sacrifice and hard work should be rewarded with better lives for families and communities,” President Kagame said.

Inside the Africa Union: The Founding Fathers of the Organisation of Africa Unity- in pictures
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African identities Inside the Africa Union: The Founding Fathers of the Organisation of Africa Unity- in pictures

The Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) founding fathers gallery is hard to miss immediately upon entering the African Union complex in Addis Ababa. The gallery includes portraits of 38 heads of states. The OAU was founded by 32 countries. 23 countries have joined the Africa Union over the years which replaced the OAU in 2001.

Pres Mugabe donates $1m to help finance A.U. after Zimbabwe cattle sale
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Politics and Society Pres Mugabe donates $1m to help finance A.U. after Zimbabwe 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.