Africa Reps at the Superbowl


This Sunday, Mathias Kiwanuka, the New York Giants' linebacker, will compete in his hometown of Indianapolis against the New England Patriots for the NFL championship. But he will have his home country, Uganda, on his mind.  He'll also be thinking of his grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, Uganda's first prime minister after the country won self-government in 1962 from Britain. Benedicto was assassinated by Idi Amin in1972 - an event that, according to the New York Times, may have set back progress in East Africa for years.

Mathias, on Uganda: “How much does Uganda mean to me? It means everything.”





News Brief
Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images

South African Queer Activists Occupy Cape Town Mansion

A South African queer activist group has taken over a Cape Town mansion to protest lack of adequate housing and land rights in South Africa.

A queer activists group, under the name Coloured Mentality, has taken over a Cape Town mansion in a wealthy area of Camps Bay. The group consists of seven coloured, queer artists. According to EWN Coloured Mentality's actions are a form of protest to highlight the wealth inequality in South Africa, mostly inadequate housing and lack of land rights for Blacks.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


Cameroon Protests Call for End to President Paul Biya’s 40-Year Rule

Cameroon's peaceful protests against President Paul Biya's 40-year rule have been violently dispersed by security forces with one protester reportedly killed.