1Senegal’s First President’s Dream Realised
In April 1966, Leopold Sedar Senghor ascended the steps of the National Assembly in Dakar to declare his country the temporary capital of Black Civilisation at the launch of the World Festival of Black Arts. Today, The Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar opened to a flourish of dance, drums and acrobatics. Its 14,000 square metres of floor space and capacity for 18,000 exhibits puts it in league with the National Museum of African American History in Washington. Its range of exhibits is, however, more far-reaching.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
2Angolan President Takes a Long Hard Look in the Mirror
President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government when he hosted members of Angolan civil society organizations at the presidential palace to discuss education and other ways to improve the country, long plagued by corruption and human rights abuses.
3Securing Long-term Cobalt Supply from DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo —the world’s largest producer of cobalt—has put in place a three-fold increase on royalties paid for the mineral. A government decree has declared cobalt, coltan and germanium—all used in producing smartphones—as “strategic” mineral resources prompting the royalty increase, despite opposition from leading cobalt mining companies who claim the tax hike will deter further investment.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
4The Maasai’s Process of Cultural Decolonisation
The journey began when Maasai activist Samwel Nangiria visited the Pitts Museum in November last year for a conference. As one of the most important ethnological museums in the world, the museum has more than 300,000 objects in its collection, many of which were “acquired” by colonial functionaries, missionaries and anthropologists in the heyday of the British empire.
SOURCES: The Guardian
5Once the Pride of Africa’s Power Generation Reduced to Decay
Business and households were given a pre-Christmas shock with a frank disclosure of the ruin of Africa’s biggest power generator amid claims of sabotage, corruption and decay where those who try to fix it are swept aside or forced out of their jobs. The only crumb of comfort is that the government promises to shake up South Africa’s power generator Eskom and has cancelled their Christmas holidays for its senior executives so they can tour the ageing power stations of the country to find out what is wrong.
SOURCES: CNBC Africa
6Adding to Egypt’s Repertoire
Egyptian authorities have opened the sarcophagus of a mummified woman dating back 3,000 years. It was one of two ancient coffins found earlier this month by a French-led mission near El-Asasef, close to the famed Valley of the Kings archeological site in south eastern Egypt. Both had mummies inside, said the report, adding that the first sarcophagus had already been opened and examined by Egyptian antiquities officials.
7Kenya raises its Green Energy Stock
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN) has launched the construction of an 83 MegaWatts geothermal plant in Olkaria, Naivasha. The proposed plant is expected to increase the country’s geothermal power output on its completion in 2021. Kenya is currently the largest producer of geothermal energy in Africa. As at the end of June 2016, 55 percent of Kenyans were connected to the country’s national grid.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
8Why Rwanda has become Africa’s Poster Child for Progress
During her November 2018 visit to Rwanda, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva described the country as one that has enjoyed impressive growth and often has bold ambitions. In recent years, at business summits across the world, it’s not uncommon to hear such praise about Rwanda. Various speakers have singled it out as one of the emerging economies to look out for in terms of investment opportunities, value for money and economic growth.
SOURCES: Forbes Africa
9Lights, Camera, Action!
Self-taught filmmaker Timoth Conrad says he’s going to be Tanzanian’s first Hollywood director. The comedy videos he makes regularly go viral in his home country, being shared on social media and WhatsApp.
10My Big African Family
Uganda has one of the fastest growing populations in the world. Deutsche Welle met Mariam Nabatanzi, a mother of 38 – the highest number of children from one woman in Uganda. Her oldest children are adults and her youngest is just two.
SOURCES: Deutsche Welle