African and European leaders are in Ivory Coast’s capital, Abidjan for the fifth African Union-European Union Summit. The Summit marks 10 years since the adoption of the Africa-EU Strategy.
It is a historic day as Zimbabweans converged at the National Stadium in Harare to witness the swearing in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
48 people in Uganda including 25 students from Makerere University were arrested after teargas was fired to disperse them for protesting the contentious removal of the presidential age limit, currently set at 75. If approved, the constitutional amendment could allow President Yoweri Museveni (73) to extend his stay in power.
Africans delegates were denied visas to attend a trade meeting of the African Global Economic and Development Summit by the U.S. government. The countries affected included Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea. This year’s meeting was quite peculiar as there were no Africans in attendance.
Nine journalists from a public broadcaster in Tanzania, Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), were suspended following the publication of a fake news story alleging that U.S. President Donald Trump had praised the Tanzanian President John Magufuli as an “African hero”. The issue of fake news has become topical, and the suspension highlights the need for journalists to adhere to the highest ethical codes to provide fair, verified, and accurate news.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie finds herself on the spotlight for statements she made recently on transgender. The Nigerian novelist in an interview with Channel 4 categorically stated her thoughts on transgender women, and the remarks have been seen by many as problematic, while others have defended her comments.
Southern African countries remain on high alert following the devastating Cyclone Dineo which hit parts of the region. Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana are some of the countries the cyclone hit, and as the storms seem to have passed, rescue operations continue, and clean-up operations have begun.