10 May 2021

Kenya: According to research by Christian Aid, climate change could reduce Kenya’s tea production by up to a quarter. The taste and the smell of the tea could also be affected. India, Sri Lanka and China would also be affected.
BBC Africa Live 10 May 2021. 6:53

Algeria: Weekly protests cause nuisance to the wider population and will be barred from now on unless they have prior approval. “(O)rganisers must now provide their personal details as well as the march's itinerary, slogans and timings.”
BBC Africa Live 10 May 2021. 5:10

Take care of the neck, necklaces are not difficult to find

BBC Africa Live’s African proverb of the day, 10 May 2021. A Bemba proverb sent by Delphine Kabanga in Chingola, Zambia.

Kenya/Nairobi: In colonial times, Africans could only live in the city as registered labourers and they were forced to live in dormitory-like working quarters. Those who entered Nairobi illegally could only construct shanties (crudely built shacks) on unused land. And these shanty towns were from time to time destroyed and the occupants forced back to their rural homes. This changed with independence in 1963 and the population of Nairobi grew from 342,000 to 827,000 within 16 years. Nowadays, over 70% of the population are estimated to live in informal settlements. Before the background of their genesis and development, the article looks at the naming of three of the city’s largest ghettos: Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru.

South Africa/Jazz: Flutist, saxophonist, composer and teacher Zim Ngqawana died on 10th of May 2011, exactly 10 years ago, aged only 51. It was him who had been chosen to present music at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994. He had toured the world with his band Ingoma and had amongst many others worked with Wynton Marsalis, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela. Time to remember…

Mozambique: According to the government, 2019 figures show that 4 out of 10 girls got married before the age of 18 – and that percentage is thought to have increased during the pandemic. According to the authorities, “stronger policies to protect girls” are needed.
BBC Africa Live 10 May 2021. 14:25

Botswana/Zambia: The 1 km-long Kazungula road and rail bridge should make trade a lot easier between the two countries. The more than 250m USD that it cost were financed by the African Development Bank and a loan from the Japanese government.
BBC Africa Live 10 May 2021. 15:40

9 May 2021

Zambia: Kenneth Kaunda is the only African independence leader still alive – he just celebrated his 97th birthday. KK, “the youngest of eight children, was a school teacher before joining the independence struggle. This is when he became known for his guitar playing, composing liberation songs and travelling the country to drum up support for the campaign against colonial rule.” At 40, he became Zambia's founding president. A fierce critic of Apartheid and colonialism, groups fighting the South African and Rhodesian regimes were allowed to make Zambia their base. But at home, he introduced the one-party state in 1973 and he was the only candidate in 1978, 1983 and 1987. But he overstayed: in 1991, after mass protests had forced him to reintroduce multi-party democracy, he was voted out of power. Nowadays, it seems that the young in Zambia hardly know of Kenneth Kaunda…

Chad: Saturday’s protests have had 10 wounded and 15 arrested in N’Djamena according to protesters. One person was wounded by a live bullet.
BBC Africa Latest Updates 09 May 2021. 9:38

South Sudan: In a move that was long overdue, President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament. According to a peace deal signed three years ago, South Sudan's MPs are not to be elected but nominated by political parties, most by the governing SPLM party, almost a quarter by the party of Riek Machar, Mr Kiir's main rival. A new national army, made up of soldiers from the opposing sides in the country's civil war, remains to be formed. With insecurity still rife, a recent UN report called for the arms embargo to be extended and for new sanctions against people who hinder the implementation of the peace deal. With many farmers displaced, there are food shortages and the World Food Programme has warned “that more than seven million people in South Sudan will suffer acute food insecurity over the coming months”.

Ethiopia: Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church and himself a Tigrayan, has accused the Ethiopian government of genocide against the Tigrayan people. The video containing the accusations is said to have been recorded last month. “The Ethiopian government told the BBC that the patriarch's statement was ‘a Church matter’ in which ‘the state does not intervene’.”
BBC Africa Latest Updates 09 May 2021. 13:10