A mother, caregiver, mentor and pillar of strength is how second-year LLB student Sandiso Sifumba described his high school English teacher Thuli Shongwe, the recipient of the 2019 Stella Clark Teachers’ Award.
The Ubuntu Series is aimed at sensitising people of African descent about behaviours that disrupt the development of our countries.
The frequent Ebola outbreaks across African countries over the past two decades have caused a massive loss of life and devastating economic effects. Thanks to Congolese Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Ebola is now a curable disease and the destruction it has caused on the continent could soon be a thing of the past. Dr Muyembe says the new treatment can cure 90% of infections.
Team Brain Squad, a group of five Nigerian girls was named the People’s Choice award recipients for their app, Hands Out, at this year’s global Technovation held in Silicon Valley, California. The girls’ aptly named Hands Out app is a fundraising tool to help finance education for indigent children.
South African comedian, Trevor Noah has made it on the Forbes list for highest paid comedians in the world for the first time, occupying the fourth spot.
Former U.S President Barack Obama has shared his annual summer reading list, which includes How to Read the Air, a book by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The list includes seminal works by various celebrated writers including Toni Morrison, Téa Obreht, Colson Whitehead, Ted Chiang, Haruki Murakami, and Hilary Mantel.
Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Chimamanda Adichie don’t resemble images of Africans that Americans are used to seeing. The cumulative effect of more such stars will adjust stereotypes and leave permanent change.