Category Eye on Africa

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Narrowly Wins Re-election With 38.57% of the Vote

FILE PHOTO: Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika speaks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
President Peter Mutharika won Malawi’s presidential election with 38.57% of votes, the electoral commission said on Monday, narrowly securing another five-year term after delays over suspected tampering.
Voters in the southern African nation cast ballots for a president and parliament last Tuesday in a bruising race between Mutharika and two former allies, Lazarus Chakwera and Deputy President Saulos Chilima, with results due at the weekend.
But on Saturday a court granted the opposition an injunction after the electoral commission (MEC) received 147 cases of irregularities, includi...

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Rwanda Somberly Marks the Start of Genocide 25 Years Ago

From left to right, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, light the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Rwanda is commemorating the 25th anniversary of when the country descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period in what was the worst genocide in recent history. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rwanda on Sunday somberly commemorated the start, 25 years ago, of its genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed, as the country continues to grapple with the lasting consequences o...

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Nigeria Fighting Off Fake News Ahead of Elections

FILE – In this Monday, July. 24, 2017 file photo, a man reads a story about Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari after the government released a photo of Buhari more than two months after he left for London for medical treatment, in Lagos, Nigeria. In Nigeria and other African countries fighting fake news is vexing and divisive, especially as major elections loom. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double.
“It’s (the) real me, I assure you,” President Muhammadu Buhari said late last year, to dispel the story that was viewed more than 500,000 times on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Nigeria’s fake news can also be le...

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Why This African Baptist Pastor Led a Revolt Against Colonial Britain in Malawi

In a grass hut in 1892 in British Central Africa, a 10-year-old British girl named Emily Booth lay sick and without her family. Her mother had recently died and her father, a missionary named Joseph Booth, was undeterred by the death of his wife and was away preaching. So, Emily was left alone with their new house servant, John Chilembwe. Though the servant knew little English, he had already proven himself superior to previous employees simply by virtue of not stealing from the Booths. Yet his care for little Emily would demonstrate his tender-heartedness and compassion, far outstripping his language skills. As Emily later recounted:
When my malaria recurred, and it seemed impossible for Father to go about his business of finding suitable land for the Mission, John proved himself invaluab...

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Lamin Sanneh, Christian Convert From Islam & Gambian Scholar Who Shaped Contemporary Discourse Around African Missions, Dies at 76

Lamin Sanneh, the Gambian scholar who shaped contemporary discourse around World Christianity and missions in Africa, died Sunday at age 76.
As Sanneh wrote in his autobiography, he was “summoned from the margins,” a convert from Islam to Christianity raised in the tiny West African nation.
Over his 30-year career at Yale Divinity School as well as stints at the University of London and two Pontifical Commissions, he brought World Christianity to the forefront, drawing a global network of scholars and friends around his scholarship in the fields of African history, abolitionism, and Christian-Muslim relations.
CT heard from some of these colleagues as they grieved Sanneh’s sudden passing. Their tributes appear below.
Andrew F...

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Retired NBA Star Dikembe Mutombo Helps 8-Year-Old Congo Boy With Tumor by Flying Him to U.S. for Free Surgery

Retired NBA star Dikembe Mutombo anxiously waited at the international terminal in LAX Wednesday afternoon. His guest of honor was an 8-year-old boy in need of a life-altering and life-saving surgery.

“It is very difficult as a father to see a child who is 8 years old, who is born like all of us, but has not gotten opportunities,” Mutombo said.
That little boy, who flew halfway across the world for help, is Matadi. He needs the help of specialists because of a tumor growing on the left side of his face.
Mutombo’s foundation sponsored his trip to the United States from the Congo, and doctors at the Osborne Head and Neck Foundation are performing the surgery for free.
“He is suffering from a life-threatening illness. We are here to help this little boy and Mr...

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Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls Celebrates Its 7th Graduating Class; Tyler Perry Serves as Commencement Speaker

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Tyler Perry served as commencement speaker for The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) 7th graduating class last Saturday.

Mr. Perry addressed the girls and their families, speaking to the importance of being chosen to have the opportunity to attend OWLAG: “Before the ceremony this morning, I spoke to Ms. Winfrey and asked her how she chose the girls. She said she looks for something special, something that sparkles and is unique. Today that is all I saw. I saw all the hope, brilliance and intelligence. Being the chosen one is special and wonderful. It gives you the opportunity to strive and go higher and do things that you would have not had the chance to do.”

During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey pledged to build a school i...

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Rebels in Congo Kill 15, Abduct Children in Region Affected by Ebola Outbreak

In this photo taken Friday, Oct 5, 2018, family members and onlookers mourn over the bodies of civilian killed by The Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Beni, Eastern Congo. Congo’ military said Sunday Oct. 21, 2018, that rebels attacked an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, leaving over a dozen civilians dead and abducted about a dozen children, which could force crucial virus containment efforts to be suspended in the area. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts.
“We condemn this attack,” said the World Health Organization’s director-general,...

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Africa’s Youngest Billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, Free 9 Days After Abduction

Tanzanian businessman Mohammed Dewji at his office in Dar es Salaam on April 23, 2015.
The man described as Africa’s youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania’s commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa.
“I thank Allah that I have returned home safely,” said a statement released by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji’s foundation. It did not give details about the Oct. 11 abduction or what led to his release but thanked police for working for his safe return.
Dewji, while arriving at the hotel for a workout, had been seized by two masked gunmen who fired into the air before driving away...

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Leah Sharibu Inspires Nigeria’s Christians as She Faces Possibility of Execution by Boko Haram

Christians in Nigeria are desperately praying for 15-year-old Leah Sharibu as the one-month deadline to save the only Dapchi schoolgirl left in Boko Haram captivity draws to an end this week.
The terrorist group’s ISIS-affiliated faction threatened last month to kill the teenager, who was held back for refusing to renounce her Christian beliefs. The other hostages, 104 of her schoolmates, were released following negotiations with the Nigerian government in March.
Her resolute faith in the face of death has inspired evangelists, pastors, and everyday Christians across Africa’s most populous nation.
Boko Haram started in 2002 as a nonviolent sect meant to purify Islamic practices, but in recent years rose to the second deadliest group in the Global Terrorism Index, responsible for tens o...

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