Ethiopia has taken time and listened to the new prime minister. Now he needs to convert his vision into concrete policies
Many dictators on the continent have left their countries in utter poverty and despair. In a bid to clear some of its debts, The Gambia is selling the properties of its former President Yahya Jammeh who is accused of looting over $100 million.
Ethiopia’s new Minister of Health, Dr. Amir Aman is a young leader determined to set the country’s health sector on the right track. His appointment comes weeks after Botswana appointed 30 year old Bogolo Kenewendo as Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry.
President Sirleaf was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for her post-conflict consolidation of Liberia’s democracy. In her speech in Kigali, Rwanda she spoke on how patronage and patriarchy prevented women and youths from participating in politics.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama will speak at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 17th July, 2018 to an expected audience of 4000 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The lecture’s theme is titled ‘Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.’
Tanzanian President John Magufuli inaugurated a 24km wall built around the country’s tanzanite mines to prevent the smuggling of the precious stones. Magufuli has made moves to secure and protect the mining industry. Last year the Tanzanian government seized diamonds worth $15 million because they were undervalued.
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.