Each week, we round up the best writings from across online platforms. These rise above regular reportage, highlighting current issues, the people and the continent – Africa.
Here are the ones that caught our attention:
It’s amazing how universal the receptiveness to Covid-19 related updates is on a decline. In Nigeria after a month of lockdown, the fear and paranoia that made people compliant with Covid-19 preventive protocols slowly began to vanish, and the same thing seems to be happening in East Africa: Kenya. A reduction in media attention and people watching Covid-19 press conferences were recorded, despite an actual rise in reported cases all across Africa.
With a trade deficit exceeding over $17 billion, and a complete dependence on Chinese made products and/or services, while offering only, a primary and dispensable product: Crude oil, the projection that racial tensions and profiling, and a sense of Chinese supremacy over Africans, particularly Nigerians will end, looks gloomy.
In South Africa, the Government is doing an exceptional job with relief packages for its citizens affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, except in the case of refugees and asylum seekers who are not fully, formally and informally registered as South African indigenes, even though they were promised sanctuary under the Refugees Act of 1998. As a result these refugees and asylum seekers are bearing the brunt of this lock down.
Egypt doctors accuse government over medics’ deaths
Back and forth erupts in Egypt between health officials and the health ministry, as medics blame their government that its inadequate support pertaining to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country is costing doctors their lives. The Government in return denies these allegations, claiming that they are doing their part. The blame game could perhaps have been prompted by a high rise in cases in the country as Egypt has by far the most cases of any African country.
With ample availability of natural resources, coupled with a rise in ingenuity, vast investment opportunities and a market predominantly dominated by young people, Madagascar is finally getting the recognition it so deserves, not just in Africa but the world’s economic stage, as they are lauded as a rising force in the global economy.