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.
Some African politicians are far from the epitome of morality and can be downright crass in their sexual behaviour. South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is feeling the heat after emails were leaked which allege extramarital affairs with several women. Let’s look at some of the more glaring public showcases of this on the continent.
The invasion of Libya by the U.S., Britain and France has left Libya a breeding ground for terrorists. The country is in chaos and peace has been elusive. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said the removal of Col. Muammar Gaddafi from power has been a tragedy for Libyans.
With the new rhetoric many Western leaders are throwing, the narrative surrounding colonialism will eventually be shaped according to what the colonisers say, and not according to the experiences of Africans, the victims of the crimes. When the legacies of colonialism are pinned down to roads and hospitals, what becomes of the painful experiences, and stories of Africans who still bear its brunt? The definition and yardstick of civilisation really needs to be revisited and contested.