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Nigeria: Ex Agriculture Minister Dr Akinwumi Adesina wins World Food Prize
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Africans rising Nigeria: Ex Agriculture Minister Dr Akinwumi Adesina wins World Food Prize

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.

The man in the mirror – Thabo Mbeki’s legacy
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Politics and Society The man in the mirror – Thabo Mbeki’s legacy

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?

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
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Politics and Society Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Nigeria’s President Buhari medical trips signal no end to medical tourism
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Politics and Society Nigeria’s President Buhari medical trips signal no end to medical tourism

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

Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?
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Politics and Society Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?

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?