1The Highs and Lows of Nelson Mandela’s Tribute Concert
Thousands turned out on Sunday for a concert in Johannesburg to honor the life of Nelson Mandela, with Beyoncé leading an all-star line-up. The event, held to mark 100 years since the birth of South Africa’s first black president, was organized by advocacy group Global Citizen. It also aimed to highlight the fight against poverty, gender inequality and hunger, causes that Mandela championed.
2Will the Real Nigerian President Please Stand Up?
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he had died and had been replaced by a lookalike. Rumours that he had been replaced with a body double called “Jubril” from Sudan had been widely shared online.
SOURCES: Mail & Guardian Africa
3Ethiopia’s Surprising Source of Protests and Local Tensions
The town of Lalibela is one of the country’s most famous and serene settings, beloved by tourists and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians alike for its concentration of rock-hewn churches. But the usual reverence has lately been disturbed by locals protesting what they see as disregard and neglect of one of the country’s most holy institutions.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
4Kenya’s Famous Minibuses Banned
Thousands of commuters have been forced to walk to work in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, as a ban on public minibuses from accessing the city centre takes effect. Last week, city authorities announced that the minibuses – known as matatus – will have to pick and drop off passengers at a terminal outside the city’s Central Business District. City hall says the directive is an attempt to decongest the capital where more than 20,000 matatus operate.
SOURCES: Capital FM
5Nigeria’s Former President Says Obama “Interfered” in his Political Campaign
Mr Goodluck Jonathan made the comments in an exclusive BBC interview, as Africa’s most populous nation prepares for crucial general elections in February 2019.
6Doctors without Borders Condemns the War on Women in South Sudan
“Women and young girls have been coming to the MSF clinic in Bentiu en masse over the past week after surviving horrific episodes of sexual violence. Some are girls under 10 years old and others are women older than 65. Even pregnant women have not been spared from these brutal attacks.”
7How a Dinner Table Comment Charted this Nigerian Mogul’s Path
Biola Alabi is transforming the broadcasting and film industry in Africa with a focus on locally produced content — not imported Western fare. She launched seven Africa Magic channels, including some in indigenous languages, which according to industry players the “backbone of African content.” She even came up with the “African Oscars,” as the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards are known.
8Putting Democracy to the Test
More than a dozen national elections will be held across Africa next year. All 55 members of the African Union (AU) are obligated to hold regular and ostensibly democratic elections. They must also invite teams of AU election observers to publicly monitor, assess and report the results.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
9Full Attendance for Egypt’s Health Awareness Campaign
Egypt, which has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world, is carrying out an unprecedented campaign to detect and treat the disease in a bid to eliminate it by 2022. It aims to test the entire adult population — about 50 million people. Nearly 4.4 percent of adult Egyptians are infected and about 40,000 die of the disease every year, making it the country’s third leading cause of death, according to the World Bank. The campaign, which runs from October to April, also tests for diabetes and high blood pressure.
10How to Move a Football Tournament in Six Months
Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two planned venues. Countries have until the end of December to submit bids for the tournament, which starts in June.
SOURCES: The Guardian