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Kagame Shows Off His First African Union E-Passport Stamp

Chadian President Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony offered an occasion for Rwandan President Kagame to pick up his first e-passport stamp.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, one of the first two recipients of the African Union’s new e-passport that launched last month in Kigali, got to use the official document en route to the latest coronation of Chad's president for life Idriss Deby—the second beneficiary of Africa’s new passport system.


While en route to Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony held at the Grand Hotel N'Djamena Monday—which has been met with protest—Kagame tweeted this photo of the first stamp in his snazzy, red and gold passport book.

It’s a rare look at the travel permit that is expected to be rolled out to all Africans by 2018, despite only 13 out of the 54 AU countries having access to the required biometrics technology, while others have yet to relax their visa restrictions. It's hoped that the contactless smart-card passports can increase mobility for Africans on the continent as well as stimulate individual countries’ economies through increased trade and cooperation.

 

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Scoop Makhathini's New Partnership For The Upcoming Season of 'Catching Waves'

The latest season of the lifestyle show Catching Waves promises to be the edgiest with Pearl Thusi, FLVME, 25K and more celebrity guests set to make appearances.

South African media personality, basketball enthusiast and hip-hop culture connoisseur Scoop Makhathini is, once again, winning in his own lane. The fashion-forward presenter recently announced that the latest season of his popular lifestyle show Catching Waves, backed by Hennessy x NBA, will bring basketball action to fans and aspiring ballers. South African celebrities will join Scoop Makhathini on the show, over the next few months, in an enthralling series of basketball challenges. The selected few are a diverse group of well-known personalities, with some returning from previous seasons, form a mix that is sure to make for good entertainment.

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