1What does the Laurent Gbagbo Case tell us about the State of the ICC?
The former President of Cote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo has been acquitted of all charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The Netherlands court said prosecutors were not able to prove neither his guilt nor that of his co-accused Charles Ble Goude, a former minister in the country. Gbagbo, who ruled the West African country from 2000 till his arrest in 2011, had been on trial for violence in the country following the 2010 elections.
2Scenes from Hotel Attack in Nairobi
Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi and says its members are still fighting inside. Kenya’s national police are on scene to engage the attackers. The blast from the complex in Nairobi, which includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices and house international companies, was heard from AFP’s offices some five kilometres away.
SOURCES: News 24
3Africa’s Tourism Sector has Grown Steadily for Years
Data from the World Tourism Organization now shows, African countries saw the highest growth average compared to any other region in the world. International tourist arrivals in the continent are estimated to have increased by 8.6% compared with a global average of 7%. That translated to almost 63 million visitors who brought in $37 billion to the continent in 2017.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
4Bongo’s Homecoming Highlights Unease in Gabon
President Ali Bongo returned to Gabon after a three-month medical leave during which a coup attempt was thwarted. His return comes a week after a small military group took over the state radio station. The move to grab power was quickly halted but exposed growing frustration in the oil-producing country over Bongo’s secretive absence.
5Is this the Ultimate Homage to Toto’s Hit about Africa?
Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf has set up a solar-powered sound installation in the coastal Namib Desert to play the soft-rock classic on a loop. He has chosen an undisclosed spot in the desert to set up six speakers attached to an MP3 player with the single track on it and promises that it will run ‘for all eternity’.
SOURCES: The Guardian
6DRC Farmers in “Schools without Walls” Learn to Increase Harvest
Farmer’s Frame of Idiofa (FFI), a farmers group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, produced a mere eight tonnes of sweet potatoes on two hectares of land. FFI’s group of farmers are just some of those across the country who are learning new farming techniques thanks to the Farmer Field School (FFS) – an initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
7Morocco’s Bold Move of Inclusion
Hundreds of people gathered in Morocco’s capital Rabat to mark the start of the Amazigh New Year with a sit-in, calling on the state to make the celebration a national holiday. The first day of the year in the Amazigh calendar, rooted in seasons and agriculture, marks the anniversary of the ascent of Libyan King Sheshong to the throne of Egypt, according to historians. The New Year, also called Yennayer, which began on Sunday, is the year 2969.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
8Ugandan Bike Maker Changes Gears
Bamboo frames are relatively well-known in the cycling world, but Noordin’s include a special Ugandan twist. The joints are reinforced with bark cloth, a traditional clothing material harvested from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree. Costing between $350 and $450 each, the bikes are proving so popular that Noordin plans to expand his factory, and grow his 20-strong workforce.
9Addis Could be Heading for Fuel Protests Too
A severe fuel shortage has hit Addis Ababa and neighbouring towns. Many petrol stations have run out of fuel and motorists have been forced to queue for long hours at any that have supplies. The shortage is blamed on the closure by protesters of the main road linking Ethiopia and Djibouti.
SOURCES: Voice of Nigeria
10Pocket Friendly Vacation in Zambia
From the people to the wildlife, Zambia is one of Africa’s hidden gems. Even though it is beautiful, it can also be expensive. This list shows things to do and ways to get around Zambia on a budget.
SOURCES: AFK Travel