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With Nelson Mandela, ‘Madiba’, now buried with honour, Africans from all over the continent have been looking back at the former South African President and where South Africa is at the time of Mandela’s death. Professor Thandika Mkandawire is a Swedish national of Malawian origins. He is the former Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and is now the first chair in African Development at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE). Professor Mkandawire’s extensive publications include writings on African Intellectuals and Nationalism, and he is a global expert on poverty reduction. WADR’s Kara Thioune caught up with Mkandawire in Dakar and asked him what he had made of the last farewells to Madiba. CUE: AUDIO
Nine years after gun men shot down respected journalist Deyda Hydara of The Point newspaper, his colleagues at home and abroad have once again called on The Gambia government to re-open investigations into his murder, while expressing concern about the slow pace of developments regarding the matter.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir says he has seen off a coup attempt in the South Sudanese capital Juba and is adamant that his political rival Riek Machar was behind the plot.
Nelson Mandela’s body was finally laid to rest in a family plot in his ancestral home of Qunu on Sunday. South Africa’s former President, who spent 27 years in prison and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to making peace and building a new South Africa, was given a traditional Xhosa burial.
It has become one of the most talked about documents of 2013 in Nigeria. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18-page ‘leaked’ letter to current Head of State Goodluck Jonathan has proved to be a highly controversial item of correspondence, endlessly talked about in the media and mulled over by Nigerians.
South African peace icon Desmond Tutu said on Saturday he was not invited to the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela, amid allegations he was snubbed for political reasons.
Nelson Mandela's body was being flown on Saturday to South Africa's Eastern Cape region, headed for a state funeral on Sunday in his ancestral village after a send-off for the anti-apartheid hero by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Liberia celebrated ten years of peace in August this year with an elaborate sensitization campaign across the country, UN agencies coming together with the Government of Liberia to acknowledge both successes and shortcomings. But for some Liberians that sense of achievement has been undermined by the UN’s decision to retain sanctions against Liberia.
The South African government admitted Thursday it made a "mistake" in choosing a sign language interpreter for Nelson Mandela's memorial who was later exposed as a fake by experts, and who claimed to being schizophrenic.
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial ceremony denied he was a fraud Thursday, claiming he gesticulated nonsense during the service because he was suffering a schizophrenic episode and hallucinating.