Can African leaders learn anything from athletics icon Eliud Kipchoge’s #NoHumanIsLimited? Kipchoge’s victory has galvanised individuals to push themselves to do, and be better. Can his victory galvanise African leaders to govern better, and provide an environment that can enhance the ‘human capability’ of citizens?
Colourism is not peculiar to the African American community or other black communities in predominantly white spaces. It can also ironically be found firmly on the continent where the population is almost predominately black and brown. Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o weighed in on the issue and her experiences on colourism.
Today the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. For many Africans, year after year, they have held out hope, that an illustrious son of the soil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o would bring the prize home. Will this year be any different?
As an entry point for advocacy, litigation shapes public discourse. Importantly, it addresses violations and mitigates future violations. In Kenya, the High Court upheld the rights of a female Rastafari learner. She was expelled from school because of her dreadlocks. The court pronounced that “the rule that she cuts her hair is intrusive to her religion and not justifiable in a democratic country”.
After the death of Sudan; the last male northern white Rhino; the extinction of the species seemed imminent. Scientists have however managed to create two embryos using eggs from the two remaining female Northern White Rhinos and frozen sperm from deceased males. A step that may lead to the revival of the sub-species.
Andela, the most elite engineering organisation in Africa, working with more than 200 of the world’s most respected technology companies laid off 400 of its developers. The tech firm said it is providing support programs for those affected by this shift, which includes access to learning programs and job placement services.
The occurrences of sexual harassment against women on public transport, and ride hailing apps is of grave concern. A service called ChaufHer that is by women, for women hopes to provide a safer environment for women, and children as they go about their everyday lives.
Africa’s founding fathers have many times been given the bare minimum when it comes to leadership. It is time for us to critically look at these men and what they did to the fabric of their nations. We need to question their legacies, which ought to be contested.
Kenya’s decision holds the promise of inclusivity and liberalisation of the legal and policy environment.