Remembering Thomas Sankara on the 30th anniversary of his assassination News 

Thomas Sankara trial in Burkina Faso: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

AFP/File | ALEXANDER JOE OUAGADOUGOU – Fourteen men, including a former president, will go on trial in Burkina Faso from Monday over the assassination in 1987 of Thomas Sankara, the country’s revolutionary leader and a pan-Africanist icon. It will be nearly 34 years to the day since Sankara was gunned down during a putsch led by an erstwhile comrade and close friend — one of the most shocking episodes in a country well-versed in politeical brutality. Suspicions have long been directed at Sankara’s successor as president, Blaise Compaore, who ruled…

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya News 

Col. Mamady Doumbouya to lead Guinea transition after ousting Conde

  Document outlines missions and duties of transitional government to steer country back to civilian rule – but does not clarify how long transition will last.   Guinea’s military government has unveiled a “transitional charter” that it says will steer the country back to civilian rule. The document, read out on national television late on Monday, set down a series of tasks, including the drafting of a new constitution and holding “free, democratic and transparent” elections – although it does not clarify how long the transition will last. KEEP READING…

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edward doe Op-ed 

Liberia’s Hopeful Future

    By Edward Doe Opinion Columnist   Next year will mark the 172 anniversary of Liberia’s independence. 172 years may seem long enough for Liberia to find its way but much of the country has struggled to escape the long shadow cast by bad governance. Today, Liberia remains the poorest and least-developed country in  Africa and the world. Hunger, poverty, crime, homelessness, corruption and bribery, disease outbreaks – this continues to be Liberia’s story post-civil war. However, over the past two decades, Liberia has made remarkable progress and embarked…

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hakainde hichilema, aljezaara Public Policy 

African opposition leaders congratulate Zambia President Elect Hakainde Hichilema

  Farai Mutsaka, The Associated Press LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Zambia’s veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has won the southern African country’s presidency with more than 50 percent of the vote. Hichilema was declared president-elect early Monday after getting more than 2.8 million votes to President Edgar Lungu’s 1.8 million votes, achieving one of the biggest electoral wins in Zambia’s history. President Edgar Lungu, 64, accepted defeat and said he would work for a “peaceful transfer of power.” Related Stories Celebrations as Zambian opposition candidate leads in count Zambia’s first president…

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Public Policy 

Rwanda Troops In Mozambique Makes Progress

A 1,000-strong Rwandan force has hit the ground running since its deployment in Mozambique to fight poor insurgents who have carried out devastating attacks in the far north of the country. In two weeks, the troops – the first foreign force to be deployed against the insurgents – have taken a key road junction, held by the militants for the past year, and have reached the port town of Mocímboa da Praia. In four years the insurgents have taken control of most of five districts in Cabo Delgado province in…

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theculturetrip.com Society Arts & Leisure 

The New Magazines and Journals Shaping Africa’s Literary Scene

Lolwe, Doek and other digital publications are helping to amplify new voices from the continent.   KISUMU, Kenya — While he was finishing his master’s degree in creative writing in England two years ago, Troy Onyango remembers, he lamented with his friends about how few literary outlets were devoted to Black writers, poets and photographers like them. For Onyango, he said, it was about, “How do we just find a space where we can all congregate?” That question led to Lolwe, an online literary magazine he launched in 2020 with the…

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bobi wine /young africans Op-ed 

𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗨𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲!

By Cde Mainda Simataa The old generation of African leaders must not lie to the younger generation that Africa is free, no! They must abolish Africa freedom day and call for a new struggle for 21st-century freedom – there no more whites and Boers to fight in our time, only treacherous black African sellouts who’ve betrayed the entire race and sold us back to the highest bidders after our resources. Therefore, continued talk about African Freedom Day is something that whites surely laugh at – it’s the grand exhibition of…

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african art shai yossef painting Society Arts & Leisure 

African collectors are driving global sales of contemporary African art

  By Ciku Kimeria Sotheby’s recently concluded its bi-annual Modern & Contemporary African Art auction, exceeding the lower end of its pre-sale estimate by over 40% to net £2.7 million ($3.7 million). Participants hailed from 34 countries, with over a third of buyers transacting with Sotheby’s for the first time, making the auction houses’ third online-only auction of contemporary African art a major success. The category was created by Sotheby’s only four years ago to champion the work of African artists. Since then, it has achieved over 80 record-breaking sales, underscoring the…

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african book clubs /timeslive Society Arts & Leisure 

How African book clubs are bringing together readers from across the world

Going to university 4,000 miles from the place she grew up wasn’t easy for 22-year-old Ayobami Lawal. She was raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and at the age of 17 moved to the UK, where she’s now studying chemical engineering at the University of Bath. Looking for a way to feel more connected to home, Lawal discovered an online book club, the Happy Noisemaker, based in Nigeria. “I figured that the people attending would be similar to me, and I wouldn’t feel so foreign,” she tells CNN. In February, Lawal…

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Business 

Despite Pandemic, Hotel Chains Grow in Africa

Global chains snap up distressed independent properties in bid to expand footprints   JOHANNESBURG—Africa’s tourism sector has cratered in the face of the coronavirus, but the world’s biggest hotel chains remain committed to the continent. Major hotel chains, from Marriott International MAR -1.66% to Radisson Hotel Group and Paris-based Accor, AC -2.39% Europe’s largest hotel company, say their African businesses are not only holding up, they are determined to stay on track with, if not grow, their footprints. The companies see sub-Saharan Africa as underserved and underdeveloped in terms of hotels and predict that demand for both business…

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