The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive reordering efforts in almost every country's governing structures. From planning vaccine roll-outs to coordinating lockdown measures, each nation's social, political and fiscal systems have been exposed to nearly unprecedented stress tests. However, in many African states, this has also brought a sinister force to the fore — one that might possibly outlive the pandemic: A Freedom House report has confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has "exposed weaknesses across all the pillars of democracy, from elections and the rule of law to egregiously disproportionate restrictions on freedoms of assembly and movement." This the gradual erosion of civil liberties has hit sub-Saharan Africa particularly hard, as many post-colonial countries suffer from bad governance to this day. Emboldening Biya and other African autocrats The absence of an international mechanism to check on abuses of power is only exacerbated by the COVID-19 … [Read more...] about COVID restrictions chipping away at Africa’s civil liberties
South African rapper Hemelbesem drops a few lines on Africanism and musician Elsa M’bala shares her experiences growing up in Germany with Cameroonian heritage. Plus, Senegalese street artist King Baba takes us on a tour through his city - Ziguinchor. Is China Africa’s new colonial power? East Africa has been ramping up efforts to expose its citizens to Chinese culture - particularly through language. In Kenya Mandarin is offered as a selective language in the national curriculum, while in Uganda it’s now a compulsory subject in some schools. But is this simply an exchange of cultures, or is there more to it? Street Debate: Neocolonialism Some argue that a new wave of colonialism is sweeping the African continent. Critics say foreign direct investment and aid from the West and China robs Africa of its economic independence under the guise of development. But are Europeans and the Chinese really to blame for all of these problems? Edith Kimani met with young … [Read more...] about Is China Africa’s new colonial power?
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday announced a death in a new Ebola virus case, the health ministry said, three months after ending the previous outbreak. "We have another episode of the Ebola virus" in the eastern city Butembo of North Kivu province, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said, according to AFP news agency. The World Health Ogranization (WHO) said on Twitter that its response team has identified at least 70 contacts to the case. The woman, whose husband had contracted the virus previously, was found with Ebola symptoms on February 1 and died two days later. The health ministry said that a sample of the woman's blood tested positive for Ebola after her death. Researchers are examining samples from the case to determine if it is linked to the last Ebola outbreak in Congo, WHO said. Watch video 03:36 Share Congo: Ebola returns Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram … [Read more...] about DR Congo records first Ebola death in three months
Changes in leadership are a rare phenomenon in many parts of Africa. So, whenever this happens, we Africans get excited about what the new leadership could bring to our continent, which has been stuck for so long in a morass of economic stagnation, unemployment and conflict. That's why, like many of us, I've been closely watching the African Union's elections for a new chairperson and new heads of the commission. But I have mixed feelings about the results. I was exhilarated to see Monique Nsanzabaganwa from Rwanda elected by the assembly as deputy chairperson of the AU Commission. The first woman to hold the position, she brings a breath of fresh air to the leadership. DW journalist Mimi Mefo Takambou Nsanzabaganwa describes herself as striving to live by Biblical standards, holding that "where there is no vision, the people perish." In line with this, the trained economist has a record of championing programs targeting women and a laser focus on the empowerment of … [Read more...] about Opinion: AU’s new leaders may spell more of the same
THE FA Cup fifth round is finally at an end after Chelsea overcame Barnsley on Wednesday night to book a place in the quarter-finals. The Blues will face Sheffield United at home in the last eight, while Man Utd were drawn against Leicester and City got Everton. Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs... Marc Mayo 3 minutes ago BREAKING Uefa have confirmed the venues for Arsenal's Europa League knockout tie with Benfica. Coronavirus travel restrictions between the UK and Portugal mean neither side can welcome the other for the two-legged affair. Benfica's home leg on February 18 will take place at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. And the Gunners will 'host' their opponents in Athens, at Olympiacos' Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis (below) a week later. Marc Mayo 7 minutes ago PEP’T LIKE A BABY Nicolas Pepe is not a man you want to share a room with. That is according to Wifried Zaha, who has recalled a nightmare … [Read more...] about Chelsea FA Cup reaction, Bale vows to prove himself at Spurs, Man Utd, Messi to Man City latest, Arsenal, Liverpool news