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Africa in review for 2017 – [Part 1]

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2017 has been a remarkable year with interesting happenings taking place in Africa. From politics, entertainment to sports across the continent, the Africa Feeds News team brings you highlights of some of the interesting news items published.

 

JANUARY

In January this year Morocco which for years left the African Union was re-admitted into the union after lobbying and securing enough votes from member states.

Read More: Morocco readmitted into the African Union

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The African Union also elected a new commission chief in the person of Moussa Faki Mahamat from Chad following the exit of Dlamini-Zuma.

Read More: Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad elected AU Commission chief

 

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The year 2017 was also remarkable because of the exit of Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh who had refused to exit power after losing an election to current president, Adama Barrow. Jammeh initially conceded defeat to the surprise of the whole world and then made a U turn. ECOWAS leaders had to negotiate his exit.

Read More: How negotiators got Gambia’s ex-leader Jammeh to cede power

 

In Zambia the police command banned marriage between Zambian police officers and foreigners. The police command claimed foreign partners could be spies for other countries and compromise security of Zambia.

Read More: Zambian police officers not allowed to marry foreigners

 

In the West African nation of Ghana, the country’s new president, Nana Akufo Addo was caught plagiarising speeches of past presidents of the USA and that attracted huge criticisms especially since that was his inaugural speech to the country.

Read More: Ghana’s new president caught in plagiarism scandal, the government apologises

 

FEBRUARY

The South African Supreme Court also ruled that the country’s notice to leave the International Criminal Court was invalid. South Africa like many African countries claim the ICC is unfair towards African leaders.

Read More: South Africa’s notice to leave ICC ruled as invalid

 

The former president of Zimbabwe prior to his exit from Power was destine to win elections in his country even should he die. His wife Grace Mugabe claimed even her husband’s corpse would be filed for election.

Read More: President Mugabe’s corpse to be fielded for election should he die

 

Ghana’s new government then claimed over 200 cars were missing and could not account for them shortly after coming into power.

Read More: Ghana’s government can’t find over 200 ‘missing’ cars

 

Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow after coming into office announced that earlier plans by the former leader, Yahya Jammeh to get Gambia to exit the ICC had been suspended.

Read More: Gambia’s leader Barrow announces his country will not leave the ICC

 

Robert Mugabe got for his 93rd birthday 150 cattle from a donation called for by the Zanu PF.

Read More: Zanu-PF calls for 150 cattle donation to celebrate Mugabe’s 93rd birthday

 

 

MARCH

Ghana made a lot of headlines as well in March when Members of parliament in the country clashed over allegations thag some of them took money to approve the president’s nominations for cabinet positions.

Read More: Ghana’s MPs clash over bribery allegation

 

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma also sacked his finance minister after several oppositions for him not to do so. It triggered attempts to impeach him which failed.

Read More: Zuma sacks Gordhan as finance minister despite oppositions

 

The police in Malawi also clashed with Angry Parents over Witchcraft when they went on rampage accusing a businessman of bewitching their children and casting them with an unknown disease.

Read More: Police in Malawi clash with Angry parents over witchcraft

 

The Zambian police was in the news again this time round warning to arrest persons who wear mini-skirt and skinny jeans.

Read More: Zambia police to arrest persons wearing mini-skirt and skinny jeans

 

The news of some UN investigators going missing made a lot of headlines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After several searches, their bodies were found. Investigations have been ongoing to understand why they were murdered and those responsible in order to sanction perpetrators.

Read More: Bodies of missing U.N. investigators found in DR Congo

 

A Senegalese TV channel also blamed ‘Satan’, the religious villain after it aired a porn film live mistakenly.

Read More: Senegal TV channel blames ‘satan’ after airing porn film

 

After fleeing the country into exile in Equatorial Guinea, Yahya Jammeh wasn’t seen for months only to pop up in a farm.

Read More: Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh pops up in a farm

 

Some good news for Ghana as the country’s female doctor became the first black female neurosurgery resident at the John Hopkins university. She was celebrated across the world.

Read More: Ghana’s Abu-Bonsrah becomes John Hopkins’ first black…

 

Nigeria’s President, Buhari for greater part of the first quarter of 2017 left his country for London for medical check-up and after series of public outcry he returned home to resume work.

Read More: Nigeria’s Buhari officially resumes his duties

 

And Africa finally got its own web address. Check it out

Read More: Africa now has its own web address

 

In Zimbabwe the courts there banned beating of children at school and home. Corporal punishment is a major issue in Africa.

Read More: Zimbabwean Court bans the beating of Children at School and home

 

She was a hero during the fight against Ebola in Liberia but she eventually died from childbirth. Read the sad story of this hero.

Read More: Liberia’s Ebola hero dies in childbirth

 

APRIL

For the last month for this first part series we begin with Anthony Joshua of Nigeria but now a British citizen. He fought in a famous bout with Vladimir Klitschko and won.

Read More: Nigerian-born boxer Joshua beats Klitschko, set to go global

 

How about giving birth in abundance? Well a Ugandan woman aged 37 gave birth to 38 children over a period of time which was very amazing for many.

Read More: The 37 year-old Ugandan woman who gave birth to 38 children

 

Zambia’s opposition leader, Hichilema also had his own struggles in 2017 with the country’s President after he was arrested and put on trial for attempting to overthrow the government.

Read More: Zambia’s Hichilema appears in court, charged with…

 

The King of Swaziland decreed that divorce was illegal in his country. He banned divorce saying it was a sacred union that must be kept.

Read More: King of Swaziland bans divorce in his country

 

Ghana has been battling with illegal mining activities for years and in 2017 set up a special court just for the menace.

Read More: Ghana gets special courts to deal with illegal mining

 

Human rights became a major issue in Egypt again in 2017 after a lawyer was jailed ten years just for his Facebook post. Find out more

Read More: Egyptian lawyer jailed 10 years for posts on Facebook

 

One more on Ghana for this series. The country’s security has been under scrutiny after a Vigilante group affiliated with the ruling party stormed the court and freed suspects.

Read More: Vigilante group in Ghana storms court, frees suspects

 

Former President Mugabe also had another gift in 2017 before he left office. It was a wheelchair from his minister. That is not funny huh.

Read More: Mugabe gets wheelchair from ministers as gift

 

To be continued ………………………..

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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