*UNILAG alumnus accused of rape knows fate August 17 (Independent) *NDLEA files drug trafficking charge against 25-year-old man (Guardian)

UNILAG alumnus accused of rape knows fate August 17 (Independent) An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has fixed August 17 as judgment date in the case involving John Otema, an alumnus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) accused…

Xenophobia in South Africa leaves question mark on efficacy of Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Magnus Onyibe

We are all aware of former USA First Lady Michelle Obama‘s famous phrase — “When they go low, we go high” — because it has become something of a slogan for exercising restraint in the face of frustration. Owing to…

Mandela prison drawing sells for $112,575 (Punch)

A drawing by late South African president Nelson Mandela of the door of his prison cell on Robben Island — where he was held for 18 years — sold on Thursday in New York for $112,575. “The Cell Door, Robben…

Beyonce to lead Mandela tribute concert (Guardian)

Beyonce will lead an all-star line-up that includes Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z and Usher in Johannesburg on Sunday when she performs at a concert to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The concert is the climax of a year…

‘We don’t need their prize’: Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Suu Kyi award (Guardian)

Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in…

Pik Botha: Key figure in South Africa’s apartheid transition dies (BBC)

A key figure during South Africa’s transition from the apartheid era, Pik Botha, has died at the age of 86. Mr. Botha served as his country’s foreign minister for 17 years until the end of the apartheid era in 1994.…

Kofi Annan to be buried in Ghana (The Courier)

Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, who died on August 18 aged 80, is set to be buried in his home country of Ghana. After a public memorial service at the International Conference Centre in the capital, Accra, the…

How Winnie Mandela died (SUN)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wife to the first black president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela dies at 81 on Monday, April 1, 2018. A personal assistant to the late anti-apartheid campaigner made the announcement. A family member, Victor Dlamini in a statement…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is dead at 81; Fought Apartheid (Nytimes)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, died early Monday in Johannesburg. She was 81. Her death,…

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