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VICTORY! The Downfall of Robert Mugabe, Africa’s Last Liberation-Era Dictator

CHECKMATE! The game is finally over for Robert Mugabe, Africa's last liberation-era dictator

There’s a wild jubilation across the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe and many parts of the Southern African country. Robert Mugabe, the only president they have ever known since gaining independence from Britain in 1980, has resigned. The 93-year-old Mugabe has been their president for 37 years. With this latest development, he has made history, but in the negative circle, as ...

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Nigeria Will Be At Its First Winter Olympics in 2018. Meet the Women Who Made It Happen

Adigun, Onwumere and Omeoga have got guts (Instagram/bsfnigeria)

Three Nigerians, Adigun, Onwumere and Omeoga have made history by becoming the first African team to qualify for Winter Olympics 2018. It’s the first time Nigeria will be at the Winter Olympics after the country’s women’s Bobsled team qualified for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. After pacing successfully through five different races, Seun Adigun, a driver; and Ngozi Onwumere ...

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How Women Bring About Peace and Change in Liberia

Women wearing their WIPNET T-shirts plan a peace jamboree the day before the Liberian election in October 2017. (Carter Center)

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first woman to lead an African country. Her two terms in office ended with elections last month since, like the United States, presidents in Liberia are barred from serving more than two terms. Affectionately known as “Ma Ellen,” Sirleaf took office at the end of a 14-year civil war in which an estimated ...

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A Military Coup is Afoot in Zimbabwe. What’s Next for the Embattled Nation?

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have become increasingly divisive figures in Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Nobody is safe from the rages of Zimbabwe’s First Lady, “Dr. Amai” Grace Mugabe. There was the young South African model Grace lashed with extension cords. 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s longtime and usually trusted ally Emmerson Mnangagwa, was next in the firing line: he was sacked because his supporters allegedly booed her at a rally. The consequences of her vengeance ...

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Biomedical Engineers from across Africa are Coming Together to Make Medical Devices

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering can save lives. It draws on and integrates knowledge from disciplines like engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and public health as well as clinical practice. This knowledge is combined to improve health – often through the design of medical devices for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Most of Africa’s medical equipment is imported. “Equipment graveyards” become the final resting ...

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All Hail! Global Gender Gap Report 2017: Rwanda Ranks 1st in Africa and 4th Globally

Rwanda

The 2017 report of Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum has been released and it’s full of surprises. Rwanda, a small landlocked country in east-central Africa, has made yet another giant stride. While Iceland– a Nordic Island country of Europe– has closed approximately 10% of its total gender gap, making it one of the fastest-improving countries in ...

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Cape Verde, an African Island Nation Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy in 8 Years

Cape Verde

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025. Cape Verde is made up of 10 islands, nine of which are inhabited, that lie about 600km ...

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Wole Soyinka: The Hero Who Risked His Life,Slept in Several Prisons so Nigeria Can Live

Prof Wole Soyinka is the first African to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature

Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. The award is given to an author, from any country, who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”  Born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria, Wole grew up to become ...

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Ghana: The West African Country that has the Largest Man-made Lake in the World

  Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule. The Republic of Ghana is a West African country located along the Gulf of Guinea between the Republic of Ivory Coast ...

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Tunisia, the North African Country Where Many Women Can Live Up to 77 Years

Tunisia is paving way for women

With a population of 10.1 million people, the official language in the country is Arabic, although French is widely spoken too. The life expectancy in most African countries is very low when compared to the developed countries. But Tunisia stands out as an exception to the rule. The average life expectancy in Tunisia is 75, with that of women being ...

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