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?
Today the world remembers the death and celebrates the legacy of an Africa statesman Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. Mwalimu Nyerere died of leukaemia in London in 1999. We look at some important moments in Baba wa Taifa’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.
Today we celebrate the birth of a living South African icon, retired cleric and anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A beacon of hope, Tutu continues to inspire South Africa and the rest of the world with his fearlessness, great leadership, fighting for the improvement of the rights of all citizens. We share with you our selection of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu’s most profound and inspirational quotes.
Recalling her childhood image of Donald Trump as a buffoon of dubious morality and intelligence, Shayla Lawson ponders the reasons that America may well choose to inflict his leadership on the country of her birth.
Today the world commemorates the birth and legacy of a giant, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s first black and democratically elected president, who served from 1994 to 1999. Mandela’s great achievements and legacy cannot be adequately described in words, we look at some important moments in Madiba’s life captured on camera in these 10 pictures.
Many Africans consider felled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi a hero, but the Brother Leader was no saint. Gaddafi only cared for Africans when he wanted something in return. Don’t take our word for it, here is the truth about what Gaddafi thought of Africans in his won words and those of the people close to him.
Builder of hope, Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse an unsung African heroine who has done remarkable humanitarian work in Burundi saving the lives of over 30 000 displaced orphans and vulnerable children has been awarded the $1 million Aurora Prize. Hats off to the “Angel of Burundi” and keep up the amazing work.
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has called on African leaders to leave office after serving their mandated constitutional terms. Annan warned that while the number of coups have reduced, some leaders are “creating situations which may bring them back,” by clinging on and staying on for too long. Against the background of Annan’s observation, We look at some of the countries which have experienced coups or attempted coups since 2010.
The admission by then U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016 that the prevailing mess in Libya and “probably failing to plan for the day after, [the intervention]” was the “worst mistake” of his presidency raises questions on the efficacy of foreign military intervention in conflicts across Africa. Looking back, how should the Libyan crisis have been handled? Should the African Union have been given a chance to implement its roadmap for a negotiated transition?