Ebola now curable, thanks to Congolese doctor behind treatment that “cures symptoms in just an hour”

“I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola virus. So, this is the achievement of my life,” Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who with his team of researchers, has discovered a new Ebola treatment that can cure symptoms in just an hour told the BBC. Four drugs were recently trialed on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebola has killed nearly 1,900 people over the past year. It was discovered that more than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the latest experimental drugs. On Tuesday, two people cured of Ebola using the experimental drugs were released from a treatment center in Goma, DR Congo, and reunited with their families. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two other treatments, called ZMapp and Remdesivir, which were used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, have been dropped... Read more

When  a woman marries her dog.

Elizabeth Hoad and her dog, Logan, tied the knot live on This Morning earlier this week – and they’re not the first to do so. A woman married her dog. Eamonn Holmes gave the bride away. The groom, a golden retriever, wore a top hat. Love Island’s Kem Cetinay acted as a ring-bearer. It played out live and like a David Lynch fever dream on ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday. One viewer called it “deeply uncomfortable viewing”. “There has to be law against marrying your bloody dog,” tweeted another. There is, actually – the only legal marriage is between two human beings – but there were a few giveaways that this was not a solemn occasion. Alison Hammond, officiating, struggled to keep it together as she called for those present to voice any “bones of contention” as to why Elizabeth Mary Francis Hoad and six-year-old Logan Humphrey the Second should not be... Read more

Is Boris Johnson the new prime minister of the United Kingdom a racist ?

Just three years after Theresa May took over as prime minister of the United Kingdom to clear the Brexit mess left by David Cameron, the country has a new prime minister again. Boris Johnson has emerged as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom after a leadership contest but, already, there is controversy surrounding his premiership due to some racist, homophobic and sexist statements he has made in the past.  Some social media users have even adopted the hashtag #NotMyPM to express their dislike for the former journalist and columnist who is now Britain’s leader. Touted by some as ‘the British Trump’, the loud and controversial former London Mayor and UK foreign secretary has been compared with U.S. President Donald Trump as both of them have been noted for making offensive and outrageous remarks. Here are seven times the newly-elected Prime Minister Johnson made infamous comments about Africa that... Read more

Kenyans fume as white missionary reportedly undergoes female circumcision to be “part of the culture”

The desire to be a part of the Pokot culture in Kenya has brought a lot of anger towards American missionary Trizah Estes and her husband Tony Estes who decided to go through all the traditional Pokot wedding rites including the banned female genital mutilation (FGM). The traditionally wedded couple who has lived in Paka Hills in Tiati, Baringo County, for 10 years is being criticized for contravening Kenya’s Act (2011) which criminalizes the execution, procurement, and providing a space for FGM. Trizah Estes was alleged to have undergone the FGM in a video report filed by local TV channel K24 and reported by several online news sites even though other TV channels that covered the ceremony did not state that piece of information. Her husband, Tony Estes, paid dowry of camel and presented food, drinks and money as part of Pokot culture before they took their vows after a long... Read more

Exiled Gambian president accused of rape by beauty pageant

A beauty pageant winner is accusing Gambia’s former dictator of raping her four years ago.The young woman is one of several now coming forward and accusing Yahya Jammeh of sexual violence while he was in power. Jammeh fled into exile in the reclusive nation of Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after losing the presidential election and initially refusing to step down. The young woman, Fatou Jallow, plans to testify before Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating crimes committed during Jammeh’s rule. Human Rights Watch described Jammeh as a sexual predator who lavished gifts on young women and their families before violently attacking them. The human rights organization says it will take international pressure for Jammeh to be extradited from Equatorial Guinea. AP   Read more

Terrorism: The reason why France and other western countries are slow to support the war against terrorists in Burkina and Mali

As global terrorism shifts away from battlefields in the Middle East, jihadists and other militants — including those affiliated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State — have begun seeking out unstable regions in sub-Saharan Africa as their next home. The Sahel, a vast space stretching from Mauritania's Atlantic coast to Eritrea, has been particularly vulnerable to this shift due to its perennial tumult and poverty. But now, there are signs that the region's militant spell has begun seeping into the West African countries to its south as well, which could have drastic consequences for some of the continent's most prosperous economies, such as Ivory Coast and Ghana, and their chief military partner, France.  Hanging by a Thread Despite years of French military support across the region through Paris' Operation Barkhane strategy, an effective mechanism to improve the increasingly dire situation in the Sahel has yet to emerge. France's Group of Five... Read more

Mali president appoints new Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed finance minister Boubou Cisse as prime minister on Monday, days after the government resigned following pressure to respond to the vigilante massacre of about 160 Fulani herders which shocked the nation. Mali’s former prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government resigned last week after they came under fire for failing to disarm militias and beat back Islamist militants stoking the violence that led to the Fulani massacre. “The President of the Republic has decided to name Doctor Boubou Cisse to the function of prime minister,” Keita’s office said in a statement on Monday. Both Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have been hit by the spike in hostilities fueled by Islamist militants seeking to extend their influence over the Sahel, an arid region between Africa’s northern Sahara desert and its southern savannas. The militants have built on long-standing rivalries between communities to side with... Read more

Gunmen raid Mali military camp, 16 soldiers kille

Gunmen have seized an army base in Central Mali, Reuters reported on Sunday citing a local mayor. The attack in the Mopti region also led to the death of 16 Malian soldiers. the base was burned with reports indicating that arms had also been taken. Mali’s central government continues to battle with insurgent groups largely located in the country’s vast north.  Security watchers believe the attack was orchestrated by Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, JNIM. Nusrat al-Islam, officially known as Jama’at Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin’ is a militant organization that operates in the Maghreb and West Africa. It was formed by the merger of more popularly Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun and the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM.   Read more

New Zealand: Christians in Christchurch offer prayers for victims ‘ families

In New Zealand, a local Christian community in Christchurch offered prayers for the mosque attack victims and their families on Sunday. Dean of Christchurch, Lawrence Kimberley asked for strength to heal the community. “ There aren’t any words, it’s just a terrible, shocking thing. Again, within our faith, we teach that violence doesn’t get anyone anywhere, it breaks community, and that’s what Jesus came to stop. So I haven’t got anything specific at the moment, but we will be praying hard and thinking about ways that we can send that message and help people to grow and trust and love for each other”, Kimberley said. Worshipers express shock at the incident and are confident about the country remaining an open society. “ I feel for them. They didn’t bring it upon themselves, just one person (the shooter), presumably it’s only one person. And he’s not gonna destroy us, we’re tougher... Read more

French President Macron from Africa calls for action on climate change

French president Emmanuel Macron challenged delegates attending the One Planet Summit in Kenya, to take action beyond words, as far as tackling climate change is concerned. Macron, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya, attended the summit he launched in 2017, with his host, president Uhuru Kenyatta. “We need to put biodiversity at the heart of each of our actions. We make new commitments and invent a new model together. Thank you for this One Planet Summit in Africa,” Macron said on Thursday.  “We all must act. Governments must act. Major enterprises must act. Investors must act. Citizens must act. All together.” The summit, which brought together over 4,000 delegates to Nairobi, focuses on ensuring the preservation and sustainability of forests. Commitments from Kenya, World Bank and AfDB Kenya’s president on his part pledged to aim for an estimate of 10 percent forest cover, as a target for... Read more

Kenya’s main airport resumes operations after strike disruption

 A mini-strike action that disrupted operations of Kenya’s main airport, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, JKIA, in the capital Nairobi was resolved by authorities allowing normal operations of the airport to resume. Transport Minister James Macharia, who was at the airport in the morning disclosed in a tweet that the issue had been resolved and paved way for resumption of operations and all flights. The national carrier, Kenya Airways, also tweeted that delayed flights had been resumed.  I am pleased to announce that the issues that we had at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport that resulted in the disruption of operations this morning have been resolved and we expect that the first flight to take off in the next hour or so. Strike grounds operations at JKIA A strike prompted by a labour dispute grounded flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi early on Wednesday, domestic media said, with flag carrier... Read more

Five things you need to know about ongoing Uganda-Rwanda impasse

The foreign ministers of Uganda and Rwanda addressed the media in their respective countries on Tuesday, to provide clarification on the border standoff that has dominated news headlines since Wednesday last week. Rwanda’s foreign minister, Richard Sezibera accused Uganda of sabotaging trade to its southern neighbor, in addition to mistreating Rwandans in Uganda and supporting rebel groups opposed to president Paul Kagame’s government. Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa also issued a statement the same day flatly denying the charges laid out by his counterpart. ‘‘Uganda does not and cannot allow anyone to operate from its territory that threatens a neighbor as alleged,’ ‘read part of the statement.  In this article, we answer five key questions about the ongoing standoff between these two East African nations. Why is Rwanda unhappy with Uganda? Sezibera on Tuesday formally laid out the charges against Uganda, which include; Abducting and illegally detaining Rwandans in Uganda.... Read more

South Africa ‘resurrection’ pastor challenged to raise Mandela

 A South African preacher has tried to confront another pastor for "bringing Christianity into disrepute" by staging a bogus resurrection. Self-styled prophet Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng stood outside the locked gates of Pastor Alph Lukau's church and shouted, "I'm here to get answers". He said if the pastor really had the power to resurrect, they should head over to Nelson Mandela's grave. A viral video showing the supposed resurrection was widely mocked. It shows Mr Lukau shouting "rise up" to a man lying in a coffin who then jerks upright to cheers from worshippers. Funeral companies say they were manipulated into being involved. "I'm not here to fight anyone, I'm here to get answers from my fellow brother in the Lord," Mr Motsoeneng, of the Church of Incredible Happenings, shouts outside Mr Lukau's church near Johannesburg. "I'm not here to fight anyone, I'm here to get answers from my fellow brother... Read more

Ivory Coast : From bean to bar in Ivory Coast, a country built on cocoa

On the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight, we meet the female farmers fighting for trade justice who face an uncertain future Cocoa producers in Ivory Coast only see about 6% of the value of the final product. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade Asking about the importance of cocoa in Ivory Coast feels a little like making enquiries about the value of grapes in Burgundy. When I put the question to N’Zi Kanga Rémi, who has for the last 18 years been governor of the rural department of Adzopé, north-east of the sprawling port city of Abidjan, he leaned forward in his chair and fixed me with an amused stare. His booming voice went up a decibel to fill the administrative offices on whose walls his own portrait alternated with that of his nation’s president. “It doesn’t make sense to ask an Ivorian what cocoa means to him!” he said. “It means everything! It’s his first... Read more

African giants, Senegal and Nigeria, elect presidents

 In the looming weekend (February 23 – 24,) the eyes of the world will be on West Africa as two ‘big boys’ in democracy march to the polls to elect presidents. Elections have become routine across much of Africa where leaders have often subjected themselves to the electoral process. Specifically in West Africa, the last few years have seen commendable strides in The Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Benin, where power has successfully changed hands. The case of Africa’s most populous nation Nigerians will have the option of reelecting incumbent Muhammadu Buahri for a second and final term or finally give a a former vice-president Atiku Abubakar the opportunity to become president after a number of attempts. This is the sixth vote since a return to civilian rule in 1999. As Africa’s most populous nation, over 84 million people registered to vote according to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. A... Read more

The African Union has a brilliant plan for Africa, if it could get it right

 Traffic in Addis Ababa has returned to normal, presidential motorcades no longer clog the routes between the Ethiopian capital’s many hotels and the African Union headquarters. The 32nd AU summit has ended, and now the work begins as delegates return home. The AU was founded as the Organization of African Unity, more than five decades ago by post-colonial states who wanted to protect their sovereignty, while building a unified Africa. Now, those very founding principles prevent it from pushing the continent into the 21st century. In the Nelson Mandela hall at the AU’s dome-shaped headquarters, Paul Kagame clanged a ceremonial bell to halt the high-level networking on the assembly floor and proceed with the open meeting. Kagame served as chair of the AU for 2018 and handed over to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Like the bell, this role has always been rather ceremonial, but Kagame managed to inject his... Read more

US imposes visa restriction on Ghana over deportees

 The United States said on Thursday it was imposing visa restrictions on Ghana, accusing the African country of not cooperating in accepting its citizens ordered removed from the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “has ordered consular officers in Ghana to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement. “Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population,” the statement said. “Ghana has failed to live up to its obligations under international law to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly,” she said.  Reuters Read more

West Africa’s Sahel Islamist groups’ networking growing- Security report

 An increase in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region shows the growing capabilities and networking skills, according to an international security conference report. According to extracts of the report cited by Reuters on Friday, three-quarters of battles with state security forces during 2018 were initiated by the group. It cited Africa center for Strategic Studies data showing fatalities linked to Islamist militant activity more than doubled from 2017 to 1,082. There was also a growing “security traffic jam” of military forces in the area including a United Nations mission, France’s Operation Barkhane, four European Union military and police training missions, and the G5 regional partnership established in 2015. The report is due to be published on Monday at the annual Munich security conference from Feb. 15-17. The Conference will bring together more than 600 government leaders and other decision makers. Reuters   Read more

Jihadist Terrorism Threatens to Destabilize Burkina Faso and Its Neighbors

  Since 2016, there have been more than 230 terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, which threatens to destabilize the landlocked West African nation. In the north of the country, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Islamic State in Greater Sahara both pose growing security threats. There is concern about Burkina Faso serving as a hub for terrorism which could spread throughout the region, affecting Togo, Benin and Ghana. Counter-terrorism campaigns by both the French and G5 Sahel have not yielded success and more help is required to stem the spread of terrorism. A series of actions undertaken by terrorists to target the international community have occurred in Burkina Faso over recent weeks, including the kidnapping of two international aid workers in December and a Canadian mining worker who was later found dead. These attacks are part of a broader trend and long-term problem in Burkina Faso. Since January 2016,... Read more

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff, and West African Economic and Monetary Union found common ground

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes 2019 Discussions with the West African Economic and Monetary Union on Common Policies for Member Countries Inflation has remained low reflecting the peg to the Euro, but also continued solid agricultural production and the limited passthrough of higher world oil prices; fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3 percent of GDP in 2017; however, growth remains subject to downside risks, including delays in implementing national reform programs, further security concerns as well as uncertainties on global growth and international financial market conditions. A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), headed by Ms. Céline Allard visited Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Dakar and Cotonou from January 10 to 24, 2019 for discussions with the institutions of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) on Common Policies for... Read more

Saudi Arabia to build refinery, petrochemical plants in South Africa

Saudi Arabia plans to build an oil refinery and a petrochemicals plant in South Africa as part of $10 billion of investments in the country, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday. Saudi oil would be used in the planned refinery whose construction would be led by state energy company Saudi Aramco, Al-Falih said in comments following a meeting with South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in Pretoria. “There have been exchanges of talks by Saudi Aramco teams and they have been supported by the South African energy ministry,” Al-Falih said. The exact location of the refinery and petrochemicals plant will be finalized in the coming weeks, Radebe said. Saudi Arabia was also interested in using South Africa’s major oil storage facilities, Al-Falih said, adding that Saudi utility developer Acwa Power was looking at investing in South Africa’s revamped renewable energy program. He also confirmed that there were discussions... Read more

Second Canadian national feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso

  A Canadian national has been abducted in northern Burkina Faso, according to media reports. The man was kidnapped on Tuesday night from a mine near the border with Niger, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo told reporters. This is the second case of a Canadian going missing in the West African country in recent weeks. Canadian officials said they are in touch with Burkina Faso authorities regarding the incident. "The relevant Canadian agencies are very much engaged in this difficult situation," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday in Quebec. Reuters reported that the man was kidnapped by gunmen from a gold mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near the border with Niger. A pair of aid workers also went missing in Burkina Faso last month. Canadian officials have told media they are treating the disappearance of Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and Italian Luca Tacchetto, 30, as a kidnapping. The two... Read more

Ghana’s anti-corruption buster murdered, bigmouth MP under fire

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined the long list of persons and institutions – home and abroad – mourning the death of an anti-corruption buster in a suburb of the capital, Accra. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot at thrice and killed by unknown assailants riding a motorbike, local media reports said. He was a key member of the team of Ghana’s investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. “I have learnt with sadness the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an associate of investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. “I condemn the act unreservedly, and extent my condolences to his family. I expect the police to bring to book, as soon as possible, the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Once again, my heartfelt condolences,” the president said in a tweet. Anas, a journalist known to always wearing a face mask to hide his identity because of his high-risk investigations broke the news of Ahmed’s... Read more

Letter from Africa: Beyoncé, Bashir and Big Brother to dominate 2019

After consistently losing out in football bets last year, I have little confidence in predicting anything for 2019 beyond the fact that the sun will rise and set in Africa. But this much I know without a shadow of doubt: Africa in the coming year will be focused on the beast, the ballot and Big Brother. The African version of the famous reality TV show, which started 16 years ago in South Africa, will be launched in Sierra Leone in 2019. And it is promising to be big. Already 2,000 application forms for Big Brother Sierra Leone have been sold. With a top prize of about $12,000 (£9,400) and the chance to be really famous, it is already the talk of the town, following the success of Big Sister last year, the country's first-ever reality TV show. Africa Cup of Nations For six weeks starting in February, Sierra Leonean TV... Read more

DRC Catholic Church declares knowing winner of Dec. 30 polls

 The Roman Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, says it already knows the winner of the December 30 presidential elections, according to its independent tallying. National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops have thus tasked the elections body, CENI, to reveal the winner in keeping with truth and justice. Their declaration comes less than 24-hours since CENI told main aspirants at a meeting in Kinshasa that its January 6, 2018 date for initial release of results will most likely be delayed. We must do everything to avoid a parody of an election whose results would not be accepted, and which would, moreover, plunge our country into violence. CENI boss Corneille Nangaa reportedly told the aspirants that the slow transmission of result sheets from around the country meant that it had just about 17% of figures as at January 2. CENCO has yet to mention who “their winner” is or to publish a breakdown... Read more

Burkina Faso: Protest against fuel price increase

Thousands of people demonstrated in Burkina Faso on Thursday against the hike in fuel prices. The general strike in the capital Ouagadougou, with the slogan "No to the rise of hydrocarbons" was organized by the National Coalition against the Cost of Living. The first vice-president of the National Coalition to fight Against the High Cost of Living, Chrysogone Zougmoré, said that they had had enough. "Comrades, enough is enough! We say no to this increase in hydrocarbon prices which, inevitably, will have terribly damaging consequences on the populations and especially on the most vulnerable people." Since November 9, the price of gasoline and diesel in Burkina Faso has risen by 75 CFA francs per litre, an increase of 12%. The demonstrators submitted a list of demands to the Minister of Trade Harouna Kaboré. Chrysogone Zougmoré, expects the government to reduce the salaries and benefits of government officials. "We expect the government to... Read more

U.S to withdraw 10% of troops in Africa to counter Russia, China

The U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. Earlier this year, the U.S. military put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. “This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the next several years – representing a fraction of the overall 7,200 DoD personnel operating in Africa,” Commander Candice Tresch, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Reuters. Tresch said the cuts would leave “counter-violent extremist organization” activities largely untouched in several countries, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya. In other parts of the region, including West Africa, the emphasis would shift from “tactical... Read more

Cameroonian journalist imprisoned for publishing what is considered “fake” news

At about 9pm on wednesday English desk editor and journalist of Equinoxe Television Mimi Mefo was jailed in New Bell central prison in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon.  She was summoned to the regional gendarmerie legion early afternoon of November 7 was interviewed and subsequently placed under a warrant of arrest. A baseless act, as Denis Nkwebo the president of the National Syndicate of Cameroonian Journalists puts it.  Instead of the charges being served, she was simply handcuffed and transferred to New Bell Prison. But the National syndicate of Journalists of Cameroon considers this to be sufficiently a serious act of provocation, and we have therefore decided to convene a meeting of the national executive board as a matter of urgency. And at the end of that meeting, we will get the union’s reaction, especially since this is not the first case. In recent days we have been the... Read more

South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was hospitalized in Cape Town on Thursday for “a series of tests”, his office said.

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 “The Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward. He hopes to be back home in a few days,” said a statement released by his office. The Nobel Peace laureate who turns 87 in ten days, was last admitted to hospital in September 2016 when he underwent minor surgery. The Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward. He hopes to be back home in a few days. During that year, he was hospitalized four times for a persistent infection that his foundation said was a consequence of the prostate cancer treatment Tutu has been receiving for nearly two decades. The retired archbishop was also hospitalized in 2015 over an infection, which was also a result of the prostate cancer treatment. The much-loved former archbishop of Cape Town gained worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa. He won the Nobel Peace... Read more

Liberia court orders arrest of ex-president Sirleaf’s son, bank officials


A Liberian court has issued arrest warrants for the son of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and more than 30 former central bank officials in connection with $104 million that went missing on the way to the bank, according to a court document released on Friday. Former bank governor Milton Weeks and Charles Sirleaf, were among those ordered arrested. Weeks has said he had nothing to do with the missing cash and was cooperating with investigators. There was no immediate comment on Friday from Weeks, Charles Sirleaf or any of the other people named on the list or their lawyers. The court said it had information that the named individuals planned to leave Liberia and ordered that they “be brought before this Honourable Court to answer to criminal charges levied against them by the Republic of Liberia”. The document did not say what charges they would face. Political crisis for George Weah Last... Read more

Obama criticizes ‘strongman politics’ in coded attack on Trump

Barack Obama has delivered a stinging rebuke to his successor as US president, condemning politicians who trade in the politics of fear and deny objective reality and, when caught in a lie, double down. In what has been described as his most important speech since leaving office, Obama used the Nelson Mandela annual lecture in front of an ecstatic 15,000-strong crowd in Johannesburg to warn that “the politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” are on the move “at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago.” Without once mentioning Donald Trump by name, Obama took aim at the “utter loss of shame among political leaders when they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more”. These days “people just make stuff up” in politics and no longer show embarrassment when being caught out. In what was Obama’s first visit to Africa since leaving office in 2017, he warned that the denial of facts... Read more


Uganda Martin Luther King JR’s work still resonates across Africa KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad. A school for poor children that is named after King in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, took as its motto, “Have a Dream,” borrowing a line from one of King’s most famous speeches. “Martin Luther King stood for human rights and equality, so we wanted a way of inspiring and motivating our students,” said Robert Mpala, the school’s founder. n rural Liberia, a West African nation founded by freed American slaves, one official spoke proudly of a privately owned Martin Luther King School. “Martin Luther King was a great... Read more