The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently facing a humanitarian crisis as miners are forced to work under exploitative conditions which amounts to modern-day slavery. The mining industry, because of its high demand, is host to various human rights violations including child labour.
Rwanda joins three other African countries that allow visa-free entry for all African nationals. This development shows the, albeit slow, gradual advancement of the African Union’s vision of free movement on the continent.
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State is on the verge of a potential impeachment after reportedly falling out with his political godfather and predecessor, Nyesom Wike. The situation highlights Nigeria’s problematic political landscape where political office holders are expected to be more responsive to their benefactors rather than to the people who elected them.
Ama Ata Aidoo, whose works include The Dilemma of a Ghost (1962), Our Sister Killjoy (1977), Someone Talking to Sometime (1986), and Changes: A Love Story (1991), has died aged 81. The Ghanaian novelist, poet, and playwright was a renowned feminist whose works celebrated the lives of Ghanaian and African women.
While Ghana makes up only two per cent of malaria-related deaths, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania and Niger account for just over half of all malaria deaths worldwide.
Kwame Brathwaite, the American photographer whose works visually powered the ‘Black Is Beautiful’ movement of the 60s, has died aged 85. Throughout his career, Brathwaite captured Black icons including Muhammad Ali, Aretha Franklin, The Jackson Five, and Nina Simone. Ultimately, his works sought to uplift the essence of being Black.
Marburg virus disease begins with a high fever, severe headache and severe malaise. There are no vaccines or antiviral treatments approved to treat it. However, treatments like rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids and treatment of specific symptoms improve survival rates.
The Republic of Benin announced that it will be debuting with a national pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale in Italy, which will hold from 20 April–24 November 2024. The announcement makes Benin the latest addition to the global art event which has been running since 1895.