1Evangelism Shakes the Core of Bijagós Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau
Generations of baloberas and traditional religious leaders have held sway for centuries in this unique archipelago of 88 islands off the coast of West Africa, and this is reflected in the breathtaking biodiversity they have worked to preserve, designating trees, beaches and whole islands as sacred and out of bounds. Traditional Bijagó beliefs are now being challenged by an influx of Protestant, often Brazilian, missionaries who target the islands’ youth. Drawn away from their elders, sociologists and conservationists say the deep spiritual connections between the islands’ people and their environment are dying, putting the ecological future of the islands in danger.
2Key Areas for US FDI in Africa
According to Ernst & Young’s Global’s 2018 Africa Attractiveness report, United States businesses and investors made more foreign direct investments (FDI) in Africa than counterparts from any other country last year. These US entities increased the number of American FDI projects in Africa by 43% to 130 in 2017 nearly twice the next country.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
3Where do Women Stand in Malagasy Politics?
People in Madagascar are heading to go to the polls on Wednesday to choose their next leader. Women have little representation in the island’s government. There has been some progress ahead of the vote, but many say it is not enough.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
4A Cameroonian City on Lock Down
Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s North-West region have been freed. Authorities had suspended the movement of all non-emergency vehicles in the area to facilitate search and rescue operations for the abducted children.
5The First Somali American Elected to Congress
Ilhan Omar, 36, is a Somali American who immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to win the Minnesota House seat previously represented by Keith Ellison.
6Lost and Found Nigerian Painting Back Home
The Nigerian Mona Lisa, a painting lost for more than 40 years and found in a London flat in February, is being exhibited in Nigeria for the first time since it disappeared. “Tutu”, an art work by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, was painted in 1974. It appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year, but its whereabouts after that were unknown, until it re-surfaced in north London.
7Vending Machines for Critical Medication
South Africa is the first country in the world to use pharmacy dispensing units. Right to Care is the non-profit that helps the national health department to install and maintain the machines, which are funded by the German and United States governments.
SOURCES: Mail & Guardian
8Prevention is Better than Cure in Uganda
Uganda has begun vaccinating health workers against Ebola in a border district near the outbreak in Congo, where the highly infectious viral disease has killed 189 people. The inoculations, using an experimental vaccine, began on Wednesday and are part of a wider Ebola prevention plan in a country that has faced multiple Ebola outbreaks since 2000.
SOURCES: CGTN Africa
9Pushing the Angolan Sound to a Club Near You
Critics describe Cabo Snoop’s music as “incredibly catchy, youthful and humorous” and aren’t surprised at how quickly he became popular in Angola. His Instagram following is over 200,000, right up there with the very popular Puto Português and far ahead of Amo Noite e Dia and Nagrelha, who some argue is the most famous kudurista in Angola right now.
10Liberia Youth Key to Development
New Liberia Football Association (LFA) president Mustapha Raji believes the best way to improve the national teams is to start in schools around the country. The new president is looking to the youth to boost the country’s football despite Liberia not having competed in Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers since 2011.