Predominant public sentiment remains largely anti-homosexual and overshadows constitutionally guaranteed rights in Africa.
To remember, celebrate and honour one of the world’s best-known child HIV/AIDS campaigners Google today published a doodle, dedicated to the late South African AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. Celebrating Nkosi’s remarkable legacy, Google said the “Doodle honors the life and legacy of a voice of change heard by millions around the world”.
Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali is the first African and second woman to win the Prix Pictet. Her series Ça va aller (It will be OK) is made up of ornate patterns embroidered on to photographs that depict Grand Bassam after a group of devastating terror attacks in March 2016.
The United Kingdom’s first black female history professor, Olivette Otele, is set to take on the role of interrogating the University of Bristol’s part in the transatlantic slave trade. She will help the university better understand its past as it struggles to keep up with its counterparts.
Somali social rights activist Ilwad Elman has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize honours persons who have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.
“Government monitors social media. I am scared if I make negative comments, I would get blacklisted and not get my passport.”
Kenya’s interior ministry has ordered the deportation of 17 foreign betting firm directors as the government clamps down on betting due to negative social impact concerns. The country’s Betting Control and Licensing Board had also declined to renew licences of 19 firms in order to review their operations.
Academic Stella Nyanzi has been daring in her critique of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni. She now faces jail for her outspokenness.
Social media has become an essential tool to amplify voices of the citizens and organisations campaigning for legal and social justice across the continent.