Good News from Africa

  1. Celebrating African First Ladies: Uganda’s Janet Museveni:

Often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, Africa’s first ladies are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. A first lady by definition is the wife of the head of state, and it therefore follows that most African nations led by a male president, has a first lady. As of March 2019, all African countries have male heads of state. The last female head of state who led an African nation was Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose tenure expired in January 2018.

  • Nigerian makes handicrafts from Hyacinth (Business Africa):

A Nigerian female entrepreneur has made clothing and other handicrafts from water hyacinth. Achenyo Idachaba tells our Eric Oteng that her products are eco-friendly and her initiative has begun to change mentalities of Lagos residents about the plant. Since 2011, her firm, Mitimeth has grown to employ more than 300 women who engage in weaving various products including blended cotton fabrics, open shoes, bags, and many other ornamental products.

  • FIFA Ranking Senegal tops Africa, Belgium bosses the world:

Senegal’s national team, the Teranga Lions, are Africa’s top team according to the latest ranking (March 2019) by football world governing body, FIFA. The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on April 4 ranked Senegal 23rd sandwiched between Iran and the United States. The Lions grossed 1515 points and moved one spot from the last ranking. Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), completed the top five slots for Africa. Along with Ghana, they were the only Confederation of African Football, CAF, teams to make the top 50.

  • Hugh Masekela @80: Google celebrates African Jazz Legend:

Google’s doodle service on Thursday (April 4) posthumously celebrated legendary African musician and song writer, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela. The celebration is in respect of what would have been his 80th birthday. A photo of a brightly dressed Masekela blowing his trumpet appears on the doodle home page. Often tagged as the father of South African jazz, his exploits went beyond music into politics and activism. Some of his most popular tracks were employed during the apartheid struggle.

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