Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the current President of the African Development Bank has been awarded the $250,000 World Food Prize also regarded as the Nobel Prize in Agriculture. Adesina who was Forbes Africa Person of the Year Award (2013) for his bold reforms in Nigeria’s agriculture sector, which empowered farmers across Nigeria to embrace agriculture as a business has continually sought to empower farmers in rural areas through the distribution of fertilisers.
Thabo Mbeki is no hero. Neither is he the worst leader to emerge from the ranks of the African National Congress. A son of the liberation movement to a fault; an idealist who is romantic about Africa, and a vessel of complexity – now, that he is. As Mbeki celebrates his birthday, we reflect on his leadership. Will he cringe as he recalls some of his missteps or remain grandiose about his unfinished African Renaissance chapter?
Former chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been awarded a $30,000 Lifetime Achievement Award for Inspirational Leadership at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF). She gave the cash prize to the women in Guinea Bissau in honour of the great Pan African leader Amilcar Cabral. This Is Africa wishes congratulate her on the award, and wishes her all the best in her endeavours.
Kenyan-born woman Lucy Gichuhi became the first person of African descent to be elected as a senator in Australia’s Federal Parliament. The 55 year-old lawyer’s election was confirmed after a legal challenge over her citizenship, and she fills the Family First Party seat.
Despite his pledge to halt medical tourism in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has sought medical assistance in the United Kingdom for the second time since he took office in May 2015. Nigerians spend more than USD1 billion a year on medical tourism, and Buhari’s recent trip to the UK for vacation and medical screening is grave testimony to the inadequacies of health care and facilities in Nigeria
Ecowas vs SADC? Against the backdrop of the key role played by Ecowas in The Gambian crisis, which led to Yahyah Jameh eventually leaving office and going into exile, Takura Zhangazha makes a comparison of Ecowas and SADC, two very different African inter-state organizations.
President Adama Barrow has finally returned from Senegal where he was sworn in as the new leader at The Gambian embassy in Dakar. President Barrow’s return marks a new era in the country, and the country certainly hopes to turn a new leaf following 22 years of Yahya Jammeh’s rule.
Today we remember Patrice Émery Lumumba, a remarkable African nationalist, and look at some important moments in Lumumba’s life captured on camera.
This week we reported that Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign led by academics. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”. With a plethora of African queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, who should receive this great honour?