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April 10th in African History: A Journey Through Significant Events


April 10th stands as a date punctuated by various significant occurrences in the rich tapestry of African history, marking milestones, challenges, and triumphs across the continent. From political movements to cultural shifts and notable births, this day has left an indelible mark on the African narrative. Let’s delve into some of the key events that have unfolded on this day:


1. South Africa’s First Democratic Elections (1994)

April 10th, 1994, is etched in the annals of history as the day when South Africa took a giant leap towards democracy. After decades of apartheid rule, marked by systemic racial segregation and oppression, millions of South Africans, regardless of race, were able to cast their votes in the country’s first democratic elections. Nelson Mandela emerged as the symbol of hope and reconciliation, becoming the nation’s first black president. This watershed moment not only transformed South Africa but also inspired movements for democracy and human rights across the globe.


2. Birth of Omar al-Bashir (1944)

On April 10th, 1944, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, the former President of Sudan, was born. Al-Bashir’s tenure, marked by authoritarian rule and internal conflict, was a tumultuous period in Sudanese history. Despite his initial role in facilitating the peace agreement that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War, his presidency was marred by allegations of human rights abuses, including the Darfur genocide, for which he faced international condemnation. Al-Bashir’s regime eventually came to an end in April 2019, following months of widespread protests against his rule.


3. Birth of Abdoulaye Wade (1926)

Abdoulaye Wade, a prominent Senegalese politician, was born on April 10th, 1926. Wade played a pivotal role in Senegalese politics for several decades, advocating for democracy, human rights, and economic development. He served as the President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012, during which he implemented various reforms aimed at modernizing the country’s infrastructure and promoting social welfare. Wade’s presidency was characterized by both accomplishments and controversies, and his legacy continues to influence Senegalese politics to this day.


4. Independence Day in Uganda (1962)

On April 10th, 1962, Uganda celebrated its independence from British colonial rule. After years of struggle and resistance, Uganda emerged as a sovereign nation, with Milton Obote becoming its first Prime Minister. Independence Day marked a significant milestone in Uganda’s history, paving the way for self-governance and national development. However, the post-independence era was fraught with political instability, culminating in periods of authoritarian rule and civil conflict under leaders like Idi Amin and Yoweri Museveni.


5. Literary Contributions

In the realm of literature, April 10th commemorates the birth of several African authors and intellectuals whose works have left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. From Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist and author of “Things Fall Apart,” to Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and Nobel laureate known for her poignant portrayals of apartheid-era South Africa, these literary giants have enriched the world with their storytelling and insights into the African experience.

April 10th serves as a poignant reminder of the diverse tapestry of experiences, struggles, and triumphs that define Africa’s history. From the quest for freedom and democracy to the celebration of cultural heritage and intellectual prowess, this day encapsulates the resilience and dynamism of the African continent. As we reflect on the events of April 10th, we are reminded of the enduring spirit of hope and progress that continues to shape Africa’s journey towards a brighter future.

The Gambia Senior Government Official in Senegal for border talk

Senior government officials are currently in Dakar, Senegal to meet the Senegalese authorities for border crisis talks, a government source has confirmed to The Point.

The delegation includes Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Foreign Affairs minister, Mohamed D.S. Jallow, the secretary general and the head of the Civil Service, Bai Lamin Jobe, minister of Works, Lamin Jobe Minister of Trade and Yankuba Sonko, minister of Interior.

It could be recalled that recently a Gambia Transport Service Corporation (GTSC) bus was refused entry from Senegal at the Karang border. Also, few weeks earlier, another Gambian bus was attacked leading to injuries of some passengers who had to return to Gambian territory.

Meanwhile, The Gambia Transport Union (GTU) at a press conference last week threatened to impose a ban on all Senegalese commercial vehicles in retaliation for the twin incidents.

The president of the GTU was quoted as saying “Effective 19 February no Senegalese commercial vehicle will be allowed to enter The Gambia. And we do not care whether the vehicle is on transit or not. All we are doing is to also protect our interest as a country. So the transport union in partnership with the drivers and vehicle owners starting from Wednesday 19 February 2020 will put stop to all Senegalese commercial vehicles entering the Gambia.”

However, before any action, the government asked them to halt implementing their decision as they were sending a delegation to Senegal for the border crisis talk.


Fifa U-17 World Cup: Senegal deny claims of age-fraud as they announce squad

Senegal denied reports of age-cheating as their 21-man squad for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Brazil later this month was announced.

“The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) wishes to inform the public that, to date, no player from the U-17 national team selected for the Fifa World Cup “Brazil 2019″ has been denied because of fraud on the part of age, as has been relayed by some local media,” the FSF said in a statement.

The tournament begins on 26 October with the final set for 17 November.

Senegal qualified to participate at the World Cup as one of Africa’s four representatives after Guinea were disqualified for fielding over-aged players at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania in April.

The FSF stated that its players had undergone the usual MRI tests during that Nations Cup and that Fifa will conduct “random MRI tests (up to 4 players per team) between October 22 and 24 in Brazil.”

Senegal have made three changes to the squad that represented the country at the U-17 Nations Cup in April.

Midfielder El Hadji Gueye and forwards Meleye Diagne and Ousmane Diallo – who were part of that squad in Tanzania – have all been dropped by coach Malick Daf.

They have been replaced by Mamadou Aliou Diallo, Mbaye Ndiaye and France-based Ibrahima Sy who is the only foreign-based player in the squad.

The Teranga Lions cadets’ only goal-scorers at the tournament in Tanzania – Samba Diallo and Aliou Balde – are also on the list.

The other three representatives at Brazil 2019 are the African champions Cameroon, Nigeria and Angola.

Senegal, who are already in Brazil to prepare for the tournament, are in group D alongside USA, Japan and The Netherlands and will face USA in their opening game on 27 October.

They will lock horns with The Netherlands three days later before they play their final group match against Japan on 2 November.

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