Meet Jumanne Ngoma, the Tanzanian who discovered the Tanzanite gemstone in 1967 on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. He was recently honoured with $44,000 by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli after being abandoned for a long time. Jumanne was declared a hero for his sparkling discovery.
Dr Abiy Ahmed has been sworn in as the new prime minister of Ethiopia. The youthful Oromo leader now faces the herculean task of uniting a divided country.
We continue celebrating the achievements of women this month. The recent appointment of Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa is surely a remarkable achievement worth celebrating. We wish her all the best in her new position.
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.
Our WCW this week is Ana Nzinga Mbande, the Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (modern-day Angola). She was fearless, clever and strategic in fighting for the freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese.
Kofi Annan left a rich and enduring legacy promoting peace and democracy. Here are 10 quotes from the 7th UN Secretary-General.
On this day in 1911 acclaimed Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz was born. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, publishing 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays. Read some of his notable quotes.
Zannah Mustapha has helped to educate and feed hundreds of displaced Boko Haram orphans and his efforts have earned him the United Nations’ highest honour, the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award.
Like its counterparts all over the world, Africa’s elite political class desires power not so much to serve the people but to access the privileges of public office demonstrating the moral bankruptcy that exists in our leadership.