1Côte d’Ivoire’s Former First Lady Gets Presidential Pardon
President Alassane Ouattara pardoned 800 people including the former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who was serving a 20-year sentence for her role in the deadly post-election violence of 2010. Gbagbo was convicted of undermining state security, disturbing public order and organising armed gangs when her husband, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to accept the election result and leave the presidential palace. Ouattara who won that election announced he would free her and hundreds of others in the interests of “peace and true reconciliation”.
2African Killifish Are the Fastest-Maturing Vertebrates
Dr. Martin Reichard, a biologist who is studying the evolution of aging at the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Biology, led a team of colleagues to Mozambique to study the fish’s developmental stages in the wild. There, they were able to observe embryos buried in the sand that had entered a dormant state. They also documented their maturation after rainfall.
3No Nonsense Conservationist Talks about the Challenges in Kenya
Mordecai Ogada says Kenya’s brand of conservation is “tourism-driven, intrinsically racist and comes at a steep cost to indigenous communities that live near wildlife”. After years as a researcher, Ogada, an ecologist who studies carnivores and earned his Ph.D. at Kenyatta University, teamed up with journalist John Mbaria to write The Big Conservation Lie, published last year.
4The Changing Face of Extremist Groups
In the past, the use of male children to fight and engage in conflict was common practice. In recent times, terror groups, known to conduct suicide missions, have employed women and girls to do the task. This has forced experts to change the way they analyse and track these groups, Britain has announced that its first specialist army training team is being set up to help tackle sexual violence and the use of female suicide bombers in some of the world’s most dangerous countries.
SOURCES: The Guardian
5The Anglo-Franco Divide is Destabilising Cameroon’s Job Market
The country’s second largest employer, the Cameroon Development Corporation which is a state-run agro-industrial company, says it may be forced to downsize because thousands of workers have fled fighting between security forces and separatists seeking an independent English-speaking state.
6Questioning the Numbers when Looking at African Stats
South Africans feel more insecure with less confidence in the police, than in DRC, Yemen, CAR, Libya and Mali. However, in South Africa, citizens are generally willing to talk openly about crime and to criticise the police. But, this isn’t the case in many other African and Latin American countries that were rated as being safer. These include DRC, Libya, Honduras and Mexico.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
7Calls for Women Entrepreneurs in Africa to Build Region’s First Intelligence Network
VALUE4HER a new CTA project will empower women entrepreneurs working in the agricultural sector – agripreneurs – by giving them the skills, knowledge and access to markets, finance and services they need to build their businesses. The project is calling for women-led agribusinesses to register to become part of the first intelligence network targeting women-led agribusinesses in Africa.
8Nigeria’s Annual 3D Africa HackforGood Event
For three days, 50 young hackers from across Nigeria comprising students, recent graduates and early-stage entrepreneurs, were given access to cutting-edge technology, mentoring and instruction to develop functional prototypes to address issues in their communities. Divided into eight teams, the participants conceived ideas and developed prototypes to solve problems in specific sectors, namely health, agriculture, security, and transportation with the help of a 3D printer. These prototypes were pitched to a jury and judged on the criterium of impact, technology, marketability, and collaboration in terms of teamwork and the pitch.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
9How to Find Closure after a Terror Attack
Around the world, people are marking the 20th anniversary of simultaneous US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In Nairobi, Kenya, a prayer meeting was held to mark the day suicide bombers affiliated with al-Qaeda killed 224 people and injured close to 5,000. One of the survivors of the attack spoke to Al Jazeera about how others can rise above their personal tragedies and move on with their lives.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
10A Refugee’s Rags to Riches Story
Somali Zakarie Ali came to Finland at the age of three and more than 17 years later he’s working as a top model. In an interview with BBC the 20-year-old talks about how he uses his ‘First Somali Model in Finland’ title to help others.