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Statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes decapitated in South Africa

ANITA PATRICK A statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated in Cape Town, South African National Parks said on Wednesday. The statue, which sits on the northern slope of Table Mountain, a popular tourist attraction, was vandalized earlier this week, Rey Thakhuli from SANParks said in a statement. Thakhuli said that a Table […]

France to rename streets after African WW2 heroes

France’s armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a guide to 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them. France’s reappraisal of its colonial past is fueled by the global anti-racism protests and Black Lives Matter. There are many Senegalese and North […]

Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging

The moves are part of efforts to broaden personal freedoms during a delicate democratic transition. Abdi Latif Dahir Sudan will allow non-Muslims to consume alcohol, scrap its apostasy law and abolish the use of public flogging as a punishment as its transitional government eases decades of strict Islamist policies. The moves, announced late Saturday by […]

George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

Africans are increasingly pushing to hold police agencies to account and “decolonize” the repressive institutions they inherited from colonial rulers. Abdi Latif Dahir, Ruth Maclean & Lynsey Chutel Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they […]

Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. “We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the […]

Belgium’s King sends ‘regrets’ to Congo for Leopold II atrocities — but doesn’t apologize

Rob Picheta The King of Belgium has sent his “deepest regrets” to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the “suffering and humiliation” his nation inflicted while it colonized the region — but stopped short of apologizing for his ancestor Leopold II’s atrocities. On the 60th anniversary of the DRC’s independence, King […]

Archbishop of Canterbury says portrayal of Jesus as White should be reconsidered

Sara Spary Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, has said the church should reconsider its portrayal of Jesus as a White man. Speaking to the BBC Today Programme, Welby was asked whether the way the western church “portrays Jesus” needed to be “thought about again” and “re-imagined” in […]

Ugandans seek to rid capital of colonialist names

Alex Gitta Thousands of Ugandans have signed a petition calling for roads honoring British colonial figures to be renamed. The appeal comes amid the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. Uganda’s capital, Kampala, especially the more affluent suburbs, bristle with streets and roads named after figures associated with Britain’s colonization […]

“Read your vehicle Manual” – A Master Mechanic advises

KOFI AYIM On a fenced wall tucked in the middle of Light Industrial Area, near Community 25 in Tema, Ghana is a facility embossed with the inscription SAMDUS Engineering Company. Inside the one-half acre land is a one-stop repair facility that comprises of an electro-mechanics repair shop, auto body workshop, and a spray shop. Mr. […]

Traditional healers help doctors reach patients in Sierra Leone

In a country where most people visit healers, some are stepping in to bridge the trust gap between the old and the new. LAURENCE IVIL & ALICIA PRAGER Slipping through a gap in the wooden perimeter fence that surrounds the Mabai Village Medical Clinic, Adama Kabia walks into the thick bushes, bending low in search […]