The death of longtime Cuban ruler Fidel Castro last month led to tributes for the larger-than-life revolutionary leader from all over the world. In Africa, from the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa to Harare and Pretoria, leaders praised Castro’s contribution to anti-colonial struggles on the continent.
Many Ethiopians regard Castro as the man who saved their country. Somalis view him as the man who denied them the Greater Somalia re-union
The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been in office for the past 22 years. Few people would have predicted a Jammeh loss in the presidential election, let alone the longstanding Gambian leader conceding defeat with a smile on his face, and pledging to oversee a smooth transition. Jammeh, widely viewed as autocratic leader congratulated the winner, property developer Adama Barrow, for a “clear victory”. President Jammeh’s concession is monumental against the backdrop of alleged human rights abuses, and many expected him to win by hook and crook, that failing to cling on to power. Jammeh’s concession and pledge to facilitate a smooth power transfer raises important questions. Is the Gambian leader an angel, whose actions could bode well for democracy, and inspire other African leaders to respect the wishes of the electorate? Or he will remain a villain in the eyes of many because of a record of human rights abuses during his 22 years in power?
A recent climate change report suggests that the globe is headed for a 2,9°C to 3, 4°C warming, a scenario that could spell disaster for the African continent. However, given the scale of the challenge, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue, this could be an opportune moment for the continent to pull together for a common purpose.
Cuba was Nelson Mandela’s first trip after his release from prison. Mandela was inspired by Fidel Castro, and the Cuban Revolution and during his first visit to Cuba he said in his speech, “We have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behavior as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?”
The world is mourning the loss of a colossus political figure, Cuban revolutionary Commandante Fidel Castro who passed away at the age of 90. Castro passed away last week Friday, having been unwell for sometime. As tributes continue to pour in, and as the world mourns the loss of a remarkable, but divisive political figure, we look at some important moments in Castro’s political life captured on camera.
And yes we read the biographies, watched the movies, documentaries and even witnessed a handshake between Raul Castro and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. We saw the continually negative coverage of Cuba (as will be the case during Fidel’s memorial services) in the now global media and argued over why his socialism wrongly curtailed freedom of expression.
Violence against women and girls is still a global pandemic. Around the world, one in three women have experienced some form of violence, either sexual or physical violence. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites everyone across the world to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence (16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence).
At a time when thousands are crossing the sea and many are losing their lives in a desperate attempt to leave Africa, documentary Shashamane tells the little-known story of the struggle by a part of the diaspora to return to the continent.