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Africa Renewal: April 2021

Human Rights

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza

Rwanda at the UN: Vaccine equity, inclusion, peace, and gender equality top our priorities

— Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations.
Image of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on display in the Johannesburg Holocaust ..

Remembering the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda 27 years later

We need to transform history into lessons relevant to our societies today

Economic Development

Port of Rades, Tunisia.

AfCFTA: 100 days since start of free trading, prospects seem bright

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area kicked off on 1 January. The coming months will likely witness a convergence of fruitful outcomes of multiple moving parts.


Ambassador Ammo Aziza Baroud

Chad at the UN: Determined to have African voices heard in international forums

— Ambassador Ammo Aziza Baroud is the Permanent Representative of Chad to the UN in New York. She talks about her priorities and the importance of women’s empowerment.


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigeria: COVID-19 vaccine rollout kicks off in Africa’s most populous country

First batch of COVAX vaccines arrived in March, country aims to inoculate 70% of 200 million people by 2022.


There are fewer than 10 African manufacturers with vaccine production and are based in five countrie

Africa can take a shot at own COVID-19 vaccine

Countries need to invest in research and ratify African Medicines Agency treaty to regulate manufacture of home-grown medical products.
Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development  22 March 2021

Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery: a race or a marathon?

The list of efforts countries will have to make to mitigate the pandemic impact is very long.
Dr. Babio (left) and Dr. Amoussouvi preparing for the visit of all hospitalized patients.

In a northern Benin hospital, a female doctor takes reins against COVID-19

Dr. Rokhiatou Babio is one of the few women in her country spearheading a medical team on the COVID-19 frontline.


Husband and wife prepare enset at their home in Doyogena District, Ethiopia

Unlocking the true potential of ‘false banana'

Selamawit Araya Kidane (from Ethiopia) talks about her research on the nutritional benefits of the Enset plant.
Fatoumata Thiam.

Using Artificial Intelligence to transform agriculture in Africa

Fatoumata Thiam (from Senegal) talks about her groundbreaking research that assesses energy efficiency in irrigation networks.
Sylvia Wairimu Maina, a PhD scholar at Sokoine University, Tanzania, conducting research

What’s in an African cabbage? A lot, says researcher

Sylvia Wairimu Maina (from Kenya) talks about her doctoral research on the nutritional benefits of the African cabbage.
Susan Ojochide commenced her PhD research in 2020 at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria.

Tackling one of Africa’s greatest enemies – drought

Susan Ojochide (from Nigeria) talks about her research that will help to alleviate food insecurity in semi-arid areas.

Sustainable development

Investing in social protection critical for Africa to build back better after COVID-19

COVID-19: Investing in social protection critical for Africa to build back better

Providing cash and food could reduce people’s vulnerability and promote greater equality, says UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Combating violence

Mr. Pokawa and his friends went from village to village, town to town, city to city.

Sierra Leone: Two friends walk 500 km in campaign against rape

Sierra Leonean Hindola Pokawa, 43, and his American friend, Dustyn Montgomery, 23, walked for 21 days through different towns to raise awareness about gender-based violence.


Twice as Tall album is a fusion of afrobeat, reggae and pop.

Grammy Awards 2021: Nigerian music sensation Burna Boy wins global award

Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, won the Best Global Music Album award for his album ‘Twice as Tall’, a first for a Nigerian as a solo artist.


Trucks loaded with goods had been waiting for weeks to cross the Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana borders

Africans urged to trade more with each other

A 2021 study by the UN Economic Commission for Africa on regional integration says EU takes biggest share of African trade.
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