1The Poster Boy for Uganda’s Voiceless
“We Are Fighting for Freedom” is the unofficial anthem of Kamwokya, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, where the musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – whose stage name is Bobi Wine – grew up. Kyagulanyi released the song to express his anger at attempts to amend the constitution to give President Yoweri Museveni yet another term in office, after 32 years in power.
SOURCES: The Guardian
2Repopulating Angola’s National Parks
It happened sixteen years ago and despite controversy, not a single animal has been lost to poaching. The elephant population, in fact, has quadrupled. The researcher behind the project credits the remarkable achievement to security and education. Before the animals arrived, his crew trained Special Forces soldiers as conservationists. “We had them swap the sword for the plowshare, and it worked very well,” he says, a lasting legacy that remains in place today at the park.
3That Awkward Vote in Cameroon
Separatists are vowing to disrupt polls in English areas, and with thousands of the region’s voters displaced due to the violence it’s unclear whether Sunday’s polls will go ahead meaningfully in the anglophone areas.
4Melania Lands in Malawi
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visited Malawi on the second leg of her four-nation tour of Africa. Most Malawians who spoke with VOA were unaware of the U.S. first lady’s visit, but those who were said they hope this visit will be a message of goodwill and friendship between Malawi and the United States
5Getting the Facts Correct
Facebook will begin flagging fake news stories with the help of users and third-party fact-checkers in Kenya, in a bid to improve the quality of news people find on its platform. The company announced that it would work with independent fact-checking organization Africa Check along with the French news agency AFP to assess news accuracy and stem the flood of misinformation.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
6Floating on the Biggest Slum in Nigeria
Makoko slum in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos is built on stilts and was founded as a fishing village in the 19th Century. It is home to more than 100,000 migrants from West African countries.
7Preparing African Students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A professor from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand says, “The fourth industrial revolution will also raise many questions for universities to consider. What needs to shift in how lecturers teach and how students learn and will be learning? What does the blurring of the lines between the physical, digital and technological mean for social relationships and for student learning?”
SOURCES: CNBC Africa
8Out of the Closet in Zimbabwe
A gay deputy headmaster of a boys’ school in Zimbabwe has resigned after death threats and pressure from parents. Neal Hovelmeier, who worked at St John’s College in the capital, Harare, faced huge criticism and threats from parents after he revealed his sexual orientation to his students at an assembly. Hovelmeier’s disclosure has sparked discussions about homosexuality in the country. Some commended his bravery for coming out while others are enraged by his decision do it in front of students.
9South Africa’s President Ramaphosa Opens Job Summit
He said the plan to alleviate unemployment included the establishment of rapid-response teams of experts to assist businesses in crisis before workers are retrenched, the revival of the training layoff scheme, the promotion of South African exports and the mobilisation of finance for businesses at a greater scale.
SOURCES: Business Day Live
10The Olympics are Coming to Africa
Senegal has been chosen to host the next Youth Olympic Games in 2022. It will be the first African country to host an Olympics and has its own ideas on how to attract young fans.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera