Etisalat Announces Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

December 23, 2015 4:16 pm0 comments by:
Etisalat Announces Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 22, 2015/ — Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature . The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. The three books, selected from the longlist of nine, are Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Tram 83 (Deep Vellum) Penny Busetto (South Africa) – The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself (Jacana Media) Rehana Rossouw (South Africa) […]

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Police Raid Home of Uganda’s Opposition Leader

December 21, 2015 6:22 pm0 comments by:
Amama shortly after picking forms today

By Joseph Elunya Police have raided the home and offices of a leading opposition independent presidential candidate in Uganda. A team of uniformed and plain clothes police officers on Monday raided the home and campaign offices of independent candidate Amama Mbabazi and arrested 20 of his supporters. According to Mbabazi, 20 of his supporters including cleaners were arrested and taken to unknown locations. The raid and arrests follow threats made by President Museveni that he would arrest Mbabazi’s supporters over the violent clashes that erupted between them and NRM members at a rally in the western district of Ntungamo. Fred Enanga the Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrests. He however says […]

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President Magufuli Cancels Independence Day Celebration

December 9, 2015 2:31 pm0 comments by:
President Mafufuli taking part in a cleaning exercise Credit: BBC

President John Magufuli has cancelled independence celebration and joined hundreds of residents in Dar es Salaam to take part in a public clean-up operation. The BBC reports that Magufuli picked up rubbish from the street outside State House as part of the scheme, which he had ordered to replace independence day celebrations. The move is being seen as symbolic of the president’s promise to tackle corruption, our correspondent says. Thousands of people across Tanzania are reported to have joined the clean-up. Last month, Mr Magufuli cancelled traditional independence day celebrations, which usually include a military parade and concert, saying it would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money while […]

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Pope’s Homily in Uganda

November 29, 2015 6:45 pm0 comments by:
Pope’s Homily in Uganda

Pope Francis’s Homily at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). From the age of the Apostles to our own day, a great cloud of witnesses has been raised up to proclaim Jesus and show forth the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, we recall with gratitude the sacrifice of the Uganda martyrs, whose witness of love for Christ and his Church has truly gone “to the end of the earth”. We remember also the Anglican martyrs whose deaths […]

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$100,000 One Africa Award Prize Goes to Indigenous Forest Advocacy Group in Uganda

November 27, 2015 7:49 pm0 comments by:
$100,000 One Africa Award Prize Goes to Indigenous Forest Advocacy Group in Uganda

The Kampala based forest advocacy group, Support for Women in Environment and Agriculture – SWAGEN has walked away with the 8th ONE Annual ONE Africa Award. The Award is bestowed upon civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that have demonstrated a commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals. SWAGEN is a member based organization that uses indigenous knowledge to adapt to, mitigate and improve environmental and sustainable development policies that impact forest dependent communities. The work of SWAGEN is based in the Rwoho Natural Tropical Forest of Uganda. What began in 1992 as a […]

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Long Serving Ugandan President to Host Another Pope

October 18, 2015 11:13 am0 comments by:
Long Serving Ugandan President to Host Another Pope

President Yoweri Museveni is set to host the second Pope to visit Uganda in his 30-year rule. Pope Francis is set to visit Uganda on the 27th November 2015. He will visit Uganda from November 27-29. Pope Francis will be in Uganda to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s canonization of 22 Catholic martyrs-converts to Christianity who were executed in the 19th century. He will be the second Pope for President Museveni to host during his reign. President Museveni hosted late Pope John Paul II in 1993. Below is the program.

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