Deeper Than The Headlines: Chimamanda Adichie's Tribute, Violence in the DRC + 16 Days of Activism

Check out the latest news on Africa for the week of Nov 25-30th, with in-depth African news featuring opinion pieces from global sources.

This week we continue to bring you the latest news on Africa with selections from different media outlets around the globe. Be sure to check back each Thursday for pieces that dig deeper than the headlines on the latest news on Africa!

1. We Remember Differently: A Tribute to Chinua Achebe at 82

By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In a personal tribute to Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie addresses Achebe's most recent book There was A Country, Achebe looks back on the Nigerian-Biafra War, and comes to some conclusions that have been quite controversial. In this op-ed piece Adichie addresses her "literary hero" and admits that in many ways she has been running away from him in most of her career. Throughout the piece Adichie provides an objective critique of Achebe's novel, and illuminates that while a great piece of work, she disagrees with his remembrance of Biafra, and subsequent ideas of the current state of the nation. A great read from the forever-eloquent Adichie- this article provides necessary context to how Nigerians continue to struggle with a remembrance of Biafra. 

2. Think Africa Press Series on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In case you missed it, Sunday commenced the annual "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" Campaign. Think Africa Press has published thoughtful and critical articles the past week so we recommend you stop by and read any articles of interest. Topics range from the persistence of domestic violence in Nigeria, the violation of women's rights law in Sudan, and a personal account of sexual violence in Egypt.

3. Africa's Hackers Are Today's World-Class Tech Innovators

By: Ethan Zuckerman

This week in Wired.Co.UK, Ethan Zuckerman underscores the significance of technology on the continent. He notes the discrepancies in terms of infrastructure highlighting that "on much of the African continent, telecoms infrastructure is world class, whereas transport, power and other infrastructures lag far behind." Some of the vocabulary is slightly tricky for some of us non-techies, but the overall message of the article is worth noting; technological innovation is often associated with the West, and Zuckerman is emphasizing that African techies can certainly hold their own. Zuckerman closes by suggesting that acknowledging these innovations is just as, if not more important than discussing the need for external aid.

4.Twitter Debate

By: Jeremy Weate & Many other faithful twitter users.

Meet Jeremy Weate, an expert in the extractive industries currently living in Nigeria. We've featured some of his articles before, and this week he's been in quite the debate on twitter discussing the British Council's report on gender in Nigeria. We've linked to one of the many threads on his twitter page in which he tries to discuss the disturbing results from a number of polls conducted and featured in the report, but be sure to check out his general twitter page for the different conversations surrounding the UKAID report. This debate is very interesting to say the least- we're not taking sides here, but it's worth checking out the report, and the twitter discussion.

5. From Gaza to Congo: Whose Blood Is More Worthy of Attention?

By: Khadija Patel

In this article for the Daily Maverick Khadija Patel poses the question: Why does Gaza get more attention than the Congo? Patel is referring to the consistent violence and unrest in the DRC and the lack of interest from media outlets globally on African news and human rights abuses. To be fair, over the past week there has been coverage of the violence in Africa, featured in publications such as The New York Times, but Patel is critical of Africans themselves, particularly South African media outlets: "South Africans, humble as we are, routinely refer to our country as the gateway to Africa. In the sanitised halls of conferences and other such gabfests we’re told that South Africa’s economic prosperity depends on extending outwards to the rest of Africa. For every one dollar invested in South Africa, 40 cents makes its way across our border. Africa, we like to think, begins here. Yet as the purported doorway to a whole continent, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has hardly registered a blip on our radar." Check out the article for an overview of the conflict, and a critical assessment of how Africans either engage, or fail to acknowledge atrocities that occur throughout the continent.

The archive:

11/15/12 - "Infiltrators" in Israel, Southern Arab Spring, Bono's African Expertise

11/8/12 - Africa's 1%, Mau Mau, and a Polemic against NGOs

11/1/12 - Biafra, Football, Victoire Ingabire + More!

10/25/12 - Aluu 4, Herero Genocide, EU Nobel Prize + More!

10/18/12 - Die Antwoord, Mo Ibrahim, Thomas Sankara + More!

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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