Bassey Ikpi’s Literary Debut on Her Mental Health Journey Is a Call for People To See Themselves, and Others, With Genuine Empathy


​We speak with the Nigerian-American writer and ex-poet about her book that challenges us to rethink mental health challenges.

Anger in Cameroon as Maurice Kamto's trial adjourns


Angry residents of Yaounde express frustration as the trial of Cameroon’s main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto was adjourned on Friday. Kamto’s trial for insurrection will now take place on October 8. “While the charges against them were being read, one of them – counselor Christian Penda Ekoka – felt dizzy and I have to tell you what led to this discomfort. This audience was held in a sort of matchbox, forgive my use of the term. The room is very small and poorly ventilated. We were suffocating and I think this is what led to the discomfort that caused suspension of the hearing”, Kamto’s lawyer, Ntchale Michel said. Residents reiterate their plea for the Anglophone crisis to be resolved. “I traveled more than 600 kilometres to attend this trial. For me, it’s a historical trial. We are asking the Biya’s government to do two things, solve the Anglophone crisis and release the political prisoners. This will calm tensions”, psychologist and president of an association for the protection of human rights, Germain Ekwala said. Maurice Kamto claimed to have won last year’s presidential election. He came in second against President Paul Biya in the polls. Kamto was put to trial along with 88 others in a military court for insurrection. Human rights groups have denounced the jurisdiction of the military court to try the case. AFP

Chester Williams: South Africa World Cup winner dies aged 49

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Former South Africa international and 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams has died at the age of 49.

Namibia: Genocide Reparation Negotiations On Home Stretch


[Namibian] GENOCIDE reparation negotiations between the German and Namibian governments could soon be finalised, a visiting German minister has said.

Namibia: Swapo's Khomas Delegates Cleared to Attend Electoral College


[Namibian] DELEGATES from the Swapo Party's Khomas regional structures have been cleared to participate in the party's elective congress this weekend.

South Africa: Springbok Legend Chester Williams Dies


[News24Wire] Cape Town -Former Springbok legend Chester Williams has passed away, SA Rugby confirmed to Sport24 on Friday.

Mozambique: Frelimo and Renamo Campaign in Dondo


[AIM] Maputo -Dondo (Mozambique), 6 Sep (AIM) - The only presidential candidate with clear ideas for developing Mozambique is the incumbent, Filipe Nyusi, declared the head of the brigade of the ruling Frelimo Party for the central province of Sofala, Sergio Pantie, on Friday.

Mozambique: 'Love Your Enemies', Pope Francis Tells Mozambicans


[AIM] Maputo -"No family, no group of neighbours, no ethnic group, much less a nation, has a future if the force that unites them, brings them together and resolves their differences is vengeance and hatred", declared the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, in Maputo on Friday.

Mozambique: Three Frelimo Campaigners Die in Traffic Accident


[AIM] Maputo -Three people died, and two others suffered injuries, in a traffic accident on Thursday during the election campaign of the ruling Frelimo party in the central province of Manica, according to a report in Friday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais".

Uganda: Bank of Uganda Gets IMF Resident Supervisor


[Monitor] Bank of Uganda has said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assigned a resident bank supervisor to assist the governor supervise activities in the banking sector.

Slideshow: When Industries Collide


Mastercard in partnership with Deloitte, hosted an insightful and robust panel discussion under the theme “When Industries Collide: How to manage the forces of Competition & Collaboration in a Converging World”. The panel was moderated by Martyn Davies, Emerging Markets and Africa Managing Partner | WEF Young Global Leader Alumni, and included these esteemed panellists: Mark …

Listen to Reekado Banks' New Single 'Rora'


This one's a straight-up banger.

Angola: President Receives Message From Gabonese Counterpart


[ANGOP] Luanda -The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, received on Thursday, in Luanda, a message from his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo, about the ongoing political reforms in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

Uganda: Government Admits Failure in Handling Insecurity


[Monitor] Government yesterday revealed that it has only tackled three out of the 12 action points President Museveni pledged to the country last year as measures to curb insecurity in the country.

Uganda: Teenage Pregnancies, HIV Rates Soar in Mbale


[Monitor] Mbale District leadership is struggling to contain the increasing HIV/Aids prevalence among the youth, which has risen from 5 per cent in 2018 to 7 per cent this year.

Pope expected to preach peace, equity as he lands in Madagascar


Pope Francis arrived in Madagascar on Friday after a two day visit to Mozambique. The Pontiff was received by President Andry Rajoelina when he touched down in the capital, Friday afternoon. On the second leg of his three nation African tour, the head of the Vatican, is expected to preach ‘‘peace and equity’‘, a message he shared while in Mozambique. The pope was greeted by a large crowd with cheers and waves as he moved past them. Highlights of his trip to Antananarivo will include a Sunday mass with some 800,000 faithful expected to attend. The Pontiff will conclude his African tour by visiting the tourist island nation of Mauritius on Monday. AFP

Expired passports affect evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa


Free evacuation plans for Nigerians stranded in South Africa but willing to return home has hit a snag, airline operator, Air Peace, has said. Local media portal, The Cable, said the operator had postponed its plans because of the issue of expired passports of citizens who had opted to take the opportunity. A statement on Friday by chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, had said the evacuation set to start today (September 6) had thus been postponed to early next week by which time the embassy would have sorted the issue of travel documents. He added that since September 3, the airline had placed its Boeing 777 aircraft on standby awaiting a green light from the federal government. The government had on Thursday acknowledged the plans for evacuation by the private operator. Air Peace opted earlier this week to airlift Nigerians who have been affected by the latest upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa. South African outlets have been targeted in parts of Nigeria and its embassies closed for security reasons. “The Air Peace flight to South Africa will take off from the Lagos Airport and also return to Lagos. As earlier stated, the take off could be Sept 9 or Sept 10,” he said. “This is because the Nigerians in South Africa have to obtain travel certificates because many of them do not have travel documents and their passports have expired. “Air Peace has placed its aircraft, Boeing 777 for the flight since Sept. 3, but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel. And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.” On Wednesday, a spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, announced the plan of the airline to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.” Nigerians have lauded the gesture which some hold should have been government’s responsibility.

South Africa: UNHCR Calls for Action Against Violence Targeting Foreigners in South Africa


[UNHCR] Pretoria -UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is gravely concerned over the recurring violent attacks against foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum-seekers, in South Africa, most recently taking place in the commercial business districts (CBD) of Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province.

South Africa: Opposition Leader Malema & MP Face Assault Charge


[News24Wire] The National Prosecuting Authority is set to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema as well as party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, according to AfriForum.

Zimbabwe: Major General Mugoba Dies


[The Herald] Former Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff Major General Trust Mugoba has died. Major General Mugoba passed away around 8.30 am today.

The world mourns Robert Gabriel Mugabe: Praise, pillory and pain


Back home in Zimbabwe, the biggest news for the week is the death on Friday dawn of former president Robert Mugabe who died Friday morning aged 95. He passed on in Singapore where he was receiving medical attention. The first official news of his death was via a tweet from current president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa who took over from Mugabe after a November 2017 coup praised his former boss and “founding father” of post-independence Zimbabwe. “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe. “Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” his tweet read. The president is one of others who praised Mugabe for his influence at home in the wider African region and the world at large. But many others could only point at the ills that Mugabe and the regime he presided over meted to citizens. From the incidents of political clampdown through to the economic crisis that his policies plunged the country into. Several African presidents have sent their condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe. From Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa etc. leaders have praised the legacy of one of Africa’s most divisive politicians. “On behalf of the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari sends condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe over the passing of the founding father and former President, Robert Mugabe, 95. The President commiserates with family members, friends and political associates of the political activist who fought for the independence of the country from colonial rule, and lived most of his life in public service,” aide to President Buhari said. “We will forever remember the worthy son of Africa, who came to our rescue when our country was victim of a foreign aggressor. The continent has lost one of its pan-African leaders, a hero of independence,” words of DRC’s ex leader Joseph Kabila. African presidents reactions on Twitter: https://t.co/3fdo5Ikfn1— Cyril Ramaphosa ?? (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 6, 2019 I learned with sadness about the death of President Robert Mugabe, an extraordinary revolutionary and tenacious freedom fighter who contributed immensely to Africa and Namibia’s cause for freedom. Condolences to the family and people of Zimbabwe. May his Revolutionary Soul R.I.P— Hage G. Geingob (@hagegeingob) September 6, 2019 “On behalf of the Government and the People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and the People of Zimbabwe following the death of former President Robert Mugabe.” ~ H.E. Uhuru Kenyattahttps://t.co/yuooPwrxZI— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 6, 2019 I learnt this morning about the passing of an African liberation icon & great Pan-Africanist, His Excellency Robert Mugabe. I join edmnangagwa, the people of Zimbabwe and the entire African continent in mourning the demise of this great son of Africa. May his soul rest in peace.— Yoweri K Museveni (KagutaMuseveni) September 6, 2019 Mugabe had been receiving medical care in a Singapore hospital for an undisclosed ailment. It is reported that he had been receiving treatment there since April. Local media reported that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had told a Cabinet meeting two weeks ago that doctors had “taken him off life support.” Mugabe had led Zimbabwe in 1980 before being ousted from power after a military coup in 2017. For close to the four decades he governed after the country’s independence from Britain in 1980, he was regarded by many as a tyrant, he was accused of rigging polls and overseeing the free fall of the economy in the relentless pursuit of power. Critical reactions: Robert Mugabe was an anti-colonial hero. But he morphed into a killer, torturer, and brutal dictator. I will not mourn his death. Nor should you.— Prof Makau Mutua (@makaumutua) September 6, 2019 Now I understands that there are neither permanent enemies nor permanent allies in politics. Those who were victims of Mugabe’s regime are now bereaved following this death. Mugabe is a hero but the truth is that he has died a villain, a dictator who fell by his own sword #Mugabe pic.twitter.com/lYFkCRZ3NO— Steve ?? (@SteveZwitter) September 6, 2019 Former Zimbabwe Leader dies at the age of 95. To some Zimbabweans he was a hero to some a dictator. To all on social media he will be famously remembered for this quote “Even Satan is not GAY thats why he approached a naked Eve instead of a naked Adam. drop any Mugabe Quote below pic.twitter.com/S8Csv2E13a— AY COMEDIAN (@AYCOMEDIAN) September 6, 2019 Mugabe brought independence to Zimbabwe and then killed in the Gukurahundi-up to 80,000 of his own citizens in Matabeleland and brought his country to its knees economically. A hero to a brutal dictator— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) September 6, 2019 When you die in another country’s hospital because you destroyed your own country so much that you couldn’t get proper health care. History will not be kind to Mugabe. He will be remembered as a dictator that changed the bread basket of Africa into the rubbish bin. #dictator— Renaldo Gouws ?? (@RenaldoGouws) September 6, 2019 Mugabe is an example of “you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Did great work as a liberator, then pissed all over his own legacy as a dictator. Should be a lesson to many leaders to leave the stage when the applause is loudest.— Lexis (@niilexis) September 6, 2019 No amount of revisionism will change the facts. Mugabe was a vile, genocidal dictator with no regard for anything but holding on to power. He ruined Zimbabwe and with it, the lives and aspirations of millions of hard working and we’ll meaning people— Siboe ‘s Brother (@abenetha) September 6, 2019 Pain and tears: His youngest son, Cahtunga, reacted to his father’s loss with emojis of a crying face on social media platform Twitter. His former information minister, Jonathan Moyo said a dark cloud had enveloped the nation. ????— CHATUNGA (@bellagushaz) September 6, 2019 A dark cloud has enveloped Zimbabwe and beyond. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord! pic.twitter.com/GGbw8c1poS— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) September 6, 2019 I’m saddened by the passing of our martyr & giant of the African Revolution cde President Robert Mugabe. Let’s continue the fight & protect his legacy. We must not allow our enemies to tell us how to remember him; we know our heroes. May his soul rest in revolutionary peace. pic.twitter.com/wpvQm3Waf0— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 6, 2019 If De Gaulle and Churchill never sinned, let them throw stones at Mugabe even in his death. Don’t allow them to choose our heroes for us. pic.twitter.com/h2khHg4oTR— Lonzen Rugira (@LonzenRugira) September 6, 2019 I choose to remember Mugabe as an African hero… they are few and far between! #RIPMugabe #Zimbabwe #Mugabe pic.twitter.com/pisExTfiOe— Dr. Mumbi Seraki?? (@DrMumbiSeraki) September 6, 2019 RIP Comrade Mugabe. You lived for the dignity of your fellow black. Your African pride, dignity and audacity were unassailable. Africa has lost a bold and noble Statesman. My condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/Zx2slMlhoZ— Jerry John Rawlings (@officeofJJR) September 6, 2019 The Gambia’s late President Sir Dawda #Jawara and #Zimbabwe’s late President Robert #Mugabe. Great leaders, true sons of Africa, heroes, fathers of their various nations and true friends. Coincidentally they both died at 95 in less than a month in the same year pic.twitter.com/85sTqH4P2d— Alhagie Jobe (@freejobe39) September 6, 2019

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