Ten notable events which occurred in Africa last week that continues to have an impact this week

Weekly roundup of notable events across Africa.

#1. Mamoudou Gassama, the French Spiderman

Until Saturday evening, Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant was like millions of other African migrants in France trying to hike a living in the streets of Paris, while hoping against all odds he won’t be deported back home and he will at least be granted temporary residence in the city of love.

Well, his troubles are now behind him after a video of him which has since gone viral captured him on Saturday climbing the outside of the building like a real spiderman to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris.

His selfless and courageous action endeared him to hearts of the French population who hailed him as a hero and to top it all he met with President Emmanuel Macron who made him a French cit izen.

#2. DR Congo Ebola vaccine kicks off

Health officials began vaccinating health workers and others against Ebola on Monday in Bikoro, the epicenter and where Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

WHO is determined to move with speed and quickly control the outbreak this time round and avoid the 2013 disaster in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where due to slow and patchy response more than 11,000 people died

So far 12 people have been killed by Ebola in DR Congo but the actual number may be as high as 27.

#3. Kenya joins OPEC

After months of haggling which delayed the first planned export, President Kenyatta finally struck a deal with the Turkana County and the people of Turkana to pave way for the Early Oil Pilot Scheme and effectively become a member of oil-producing countries for export (OPEC).

“We are ready to get started. This is important for our country as a whole, and for the community in the producing area,” President Kenyatta said.

#4. Enough is enough! Uncle Sam gets angry and slaps South Sudan with sanctions

After years of sitting and waiting for an amicable solution of South Sudan’s civil war, US finally lost its patience.

The United States on Sunday asked the UN Security Council to add six South Sudanese officials including the defense minister to a sanctions blacklist for fueling the country's war and blocking aid.

#5. Let's all raise a glass to President Kenyatta the world-class road constructor

President Kenyatta was feted on Friday in Busan South Korea by the Africa Development Bank for his ongoing efforts to improve and build infrastructure in Kenya.

The bank, through its 2018 Super Prize Great Builder Babacar Ndiaye Award, recognised Mr. Kenyatta.

The award is one of the most prestigious awards for leadership in the continent in the area of infrastructure transformation and development.

#6. Hon. Sarah Opendi the master of disguise

Uganda’s State Minister for Health Hon. Sarah Opendi on Friday last week went undercover on a mission to arrest Uganda’s runaway corruption.

Dressed up in a burqa (Muslim attire), Opendi showed up at the Naguru hospital in Kampala in a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) in order to investigate reports of alleged corruption in the facility

#7. Keep your cows my daughter is not for sale - Amama Mbabazi to Ramaphosa

Former Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi on Saturday turned down South African president Cyril Ramaphosa's dowry price of 100 cows on grounds that it dehumanises women.

Andile Ramaphosa, the son of South Africa’s President who is set to wed Jacqueline Mbabazi had travelled to the land of Matoke to deliver dowry when he received the refreshing women empowerment lesson.

The two families instead agreed to have five cows given to Andile Ramaphosa and his wife to be and five Boer goats to be handed to the aunties and uncles of Rwakairu as a token of appreciation for raising her up.

#8.Ghana, the land of Tomato devourers and squashers

Ghana is the leading consumer of Fresh tomatoes in Africa and the second in the world, according to the Ghana National Tomatoes Traders and Transporters Association(GNTTTA).

Ghana consumes 90 percent of fresh tomatoes produced in Burkina Faso which cost the country 56 billion CFA annually in importation.

Methinks, at this rate Ghana should just make tomato their national symbol and remove the black star, I am sure no Ghanian will miss an opportunity to stand tall and stare at the red juicy fat tomato lazily flapping away in the wind as if beckoning them for a feast.

#9. President Buhari, the protector of Nigerian children

As Nigeria celebrates Children's Day on Sunday, May 27, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed his “administration’s commitment to the protection of children.”

“One of the cardinal objectives of this administration is the provision of quality education to our children as a fundamental foundation of economic and social development…” part of President Buhari statement read.

Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa looked at 3 kids that have inspired the Nigerian President and have been invited to the Villa.

It is not lost however that more than 100 Chibok girls are still missing held by Boko Haram. About a dozen are thought to be dead.

#10. All Hail Mo Salah! the Egyptian football wizard

Egyptian football star Mo Salah's boots were officially put on display "amidst the statues of ancient pharaohs" at the Egyptian collection in the world-famous British Museum last week.

The Adidas shoes are part of the museum’s efforts since 2016 to boost its modern Egyptian collections, using “housewares and everyday items to ephemera and photographs” to tell stories about the north African nation’s historical and cultural development.

The Adidas X17 Deadly Strike boots have been donated to the museum to celebrate the Liverpool star winning the Golden Boot for being the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season.


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