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Kurt Davis Jr., 11:03 am AFKI Original
Presidential term limits are a slippery thing. Occasionally they can seem like a good idea. Most of the time, not so much. That’s what makes these five upcoming African elections so riveting. Everyone is watching to see who replaces Liberia’s popular Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president. Will it be a former soccer player, or the ex wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor? He was convicted of aiding crimes against humanity. She’s one of the most powerful woman in Liberian politics. Or it may be a former Coca-Cola executive, a former central bank governor or an attorney.
Becca Blond, 8:32 am AFKI Original
This week Burundi marks 53 years of independence from Belgium. Post-independence Burundi was more violent than pre-independence. The violence escalated after the Europeans left. A civil war on and off over the next 40 years between the Hutu and Tutsi left hundreds of thousands dead. Here are 11 things you should know about Burundi’s struggles before and after independence.
Keren Mikva, 9:29 am AFKI Original
Each year, industry leaders join the Sahrawi people in an Algerian refugee camp for the FiSahara International Film Festival. It provides opportunities for education for the Sahrawi and raises awareness about their struggle, as well as the ongoing humanitarian crises in the refugee camps. The Sahrawi have endured decades of conflict without self determination. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Sahrawi of Western Sahara.
Keren Mikva, 10:41 am AFKI Original
After his election in 2005, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba made an unprecedented move by appointing five women to his first presidential cabinet. He also initiated drastic changes in the structure of the governmental ministry system, aimed at targeting corruption, inefficiency and redundancies. He Just won the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Hifikepunye Pohamba, Namibia’s outgoing president.
Becca Blond, 2:23 pm AFKI Original
Egyptians were especially angry about their forced involvement in World War I, which they did not see as their war. The British forced 1.5 million Egyptians to work in the Labour Corps while the army seized control of much of Egypt’s infrastructure. Allied forces brought kangaroos to the pyramids. The first African country to shake off colonial rule, Egypt broke with Britain on Feb. 28, 1922. But this wasn’t the end of Egypt’s struggle for independence.
Becca Blond, 2:34 pm AFKI Original
After independence, Dawda Kairaba Jawara was the first leader of the Gambia. He served as prime minister from 1962 to 1970 and as president from 1970 to 1994. During his rule, The Gambia and neighboring Senegal formed a confederation known as Senegambia. More than 500 people died during an attempted Senegalese coup. A former British colony, The Gambia is Africa’s smallest country. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about The Gambia and its struggle for independence.
Becca Blond, 12:19 pm AFKI Original
Boko Haram made its first appearance in Cameroon in February 2013 when a French family of seven was kidnapped near the Nigerian border and held for two months by the Islamic militant group. They were eventually freed. France denied paying a ransom. Cameroon, best known for its football team, gained independence from France on Jan 1, 1960. Here are 12 pivotal moments for Cameroon, pre-and-post independence.
Keren Mikva, 3:31 pm AFKI Original
Malawi became an independent nation on July 4, 1964 with its own constitution, and Hastings Banda as its first president. Banda made himself president for life in 1971. He was president from 1966 to 1994 and died in South Africa in 1997. Some considered him a corrupt leader. Others saw him as a national and African hero. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Malawi’s struggle for independence.
Keren Mikva, 11:27 am AFKI Original
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has faced much international attention after assuming the position of his country’s first leader. With continuing hostilities with the North, Kiir faces the difficult task of building South Sudan into a stable, independent nation, while maintaining national security and unification. Here are twelve things you may not have known about President Kiir.
Becca Blond, 11:30 am AFKI Original
It took 30 years after Tanzania became a republic for the country’s constitution to allow multi-party politics. This happened in 1992. Independence Day is a national holiday in Tanzania. It is celebrated with parades, dances and military aerial acrobatics in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania celebrates 53 years of independence from Britain on Dec 9. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Tanzanian independence.
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