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April 13, Today in African History

On April 13th, significant events have left indelible marks on African history, showcasing the continent’s rich tapestry of cultures, struggles, and achievements. Here are some noteworthy moments that unfolded on this day:

 

1. 1598: Queen Nzinga Mbande becomes ruler of the Matamba Kingdom: Queen Nzinga Mbande, a powerful ruler in 17th-century Angola, ascended to the throne of the Matamba Kingdom, leading her people in resistance against Portuguese colonization.

 

2. 1964: Kenyan independence leader Jomo Kenyatta becomes Prime Minister: Jomo Kenyatta, a prominent figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence, assumed the role of Prime Minister following the country’s liberation from British colonial rule.

 

3. 1975: Civil war breaks out in Chad: Conflict erupted in Chad as various factions vied for control following the country’s independence from France, leading to years of instability and turmoil.

 

4. 1992: Nelson Mandela announces ANC’s acceptance of negotiations with South African government: Nelson Mandela, the iconic anti-apartheid leader and future President of South Africa, announced the African National Congress’s willingness to engage in negotiations with the apartheid regime, paving the way for democratic reforms and the end of apartheid.

 

5. 2005: Sudanese government and rebels sign peace agreement: After years of civil war, the Sudanese government and rebel groups signed a comprehensive peace agreement, bringing hope for stability and reconciliation in the war-torn region of Darfur.

 

These events exemplify the diverse struggles and triumphs that have shaped Africa’s history, from the fight against colonialism and oppression to the quest for peace and self-determination. They serve as reminders of the continent’s resilience and the enduring spirit of its people in the face of adversity.

AFRINITY CONNECT LIVE WITH WILFRED ADAMS | Special Guests Irene Eribo – Founder of E.B.O.N.Y Ambassador UK & Pearl Mkwananzi ( South African )- Winner of Miss E.B.O.N.Y Ambassador 2022ador

AFRINITY CONNECT LIVE WITH WILFRED ADAMS | Special Guests Irene Eribo – Founder of E.B.O.N.Y Ambassador UK & Pearl Mkwananzi ( South African )- Winner of Miss E.B.O.N.Y Ambassador 2022     |   Discussion on charitable Mission to South Africa

Push to pay South Africa’s sterilised HIV patients

South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality has said it will seek compensation for HIV positive women who were sterilised without their consent or were pressured to agree.

The commission on Tuesday released a report following an investigation into 15 state hospitals on forced or coerced sterilisation of 50 women.

The report has been referred to the South African Nursing Council and the department of health.

The health department has been told to report back to the commission in three months on steps it has taken to deal with the unethical practice.

During investigations, which began in 2015, the commission found that the women were subjected to “cruel, torturous and inhumane treatment” by doctors.

The survivors detailed horrific experiences of how forced sterilisation impacted their lives. Some said they lost their partners because they could no longer have more children.

South Africa’s worst drought in years affects farmers

Government imposes water cuts and gives aid to farmers as part of emergency measures to fight severe drought.

South Africa is experiencing what many farmers say is the driest season they can remember. They are having to sell their livestock, and this is having a knock-on effect on the economy.

In response to the lack of water, the government has imposed emergency measures to restrict water use and improve supply infrastructure.

 

Three Nigerians injured in fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Three Nigerians injured in fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa
 
Three Nigerians have been injured in fresh xenophobic attacks in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, The PUNCH has reported.
 
This comes less than a week after a Nigerian, Ikenna Otugo, was reportedly stabbed to death by unknown assailants in Empageni, South Africa.
 
The President of the Nigerian Union South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, confirmed the attacks in an interview with our correspondent, saying the incident began in the early hours of Tuesday.
 
Olubajo said, “The Department of Home Affairs, which is like our own Ministry of Interior that deals with immigration and citizens’ issues, is in the (South African) parliament briefing the parliament on migration.
 
“While that is going on, there is an attack on foreign nationals in Witbank area of Mpumalanga Province and there are some locations mainly in Extension 10, even the police commander there was giving a warning to foreign nationals to be careful.
 
“Though no death has been recorded so far, there has been loss of properties and people have been injured. At the last count, there are four of them have been injured who are Nigerians.”
 
He stated that, even though the taxi drivers and people in the community claimed that they were attacking drug dealers, “we are not sure if those people that were attacked are actually drug dealers.”
 
The NUSA president also confirmed that the shop of a prominent Nigerian in the area was burnt down. “So they had to seek refuge at a police station,” he said.
 
He added, “We are very saddened that, even after all the efforts of the two governments to forge ahead with good programmes and suggestions here and there, this kind of thing happened.
 
“It is so unfortunately because they have to go back to the drawing board or speed up the implementation of some of the mechanisms they agreed on.
 
“I am saddened because a Nigerian was also stabbed to death a few days ago in Empangeni and the culprits are still at large. And we believe that if there is no deterrent for some of the perpetrators of these crimes against Africans, Nigerians in particular, these things will continue to happen.”
 
Olubajo called on the Federal Government and the South African government to speed up the implementation of its agreements and put in place a tactical response team that will ensure, not only that reports are made, but culprits are arrested.

THE SOUTH AFRICANS SHOULD REMEMBER IN CASE THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT:

1.) Nigeria set up the National Committee Against Apartheid (NACAP) in 1960.

2.) The late Sunny Okosun composed a song called “Fire in Soweto” in 1977 to show support for the fight against apartheid

3.) From 1966, Nigeria gave material and financial support to the freedom fighters in South Africa

4.) Then Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa sent letter to South Africa’s ANC militants on April 4, 1961 showing support for their cause.

5.) Nigeria provided $5 million to the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) annually.

6.) In 1976, Nigeria set up the Southern Africa Relief Fund (SAFR) for the purpose of bringing relief materials to the victims of the apartheid.

7.) The military administration of General Obasanjo contributed $3.7 million to the fund and Obasanjo personally donated $3,000 to the fund.

8.) All Nigeria’s civil servants and public officers made a 2% donation from their monthly salary to the SAFR.

9.) Nigerian students skipped their lunch to make donations, and by June 1977, the total contribution to the fund had reached $10.5 million. The donations to the SAFR were widely known in Nigeria as the “Mandela tax”

10.) Between 1973 and 1978, Nigeria contributed $39,040 to the UN Educational and Training Programme for South Africa

11.) Nigeria boycotted the 1976 Olympics and Commonwealth games in 1979 as part of our protest against apartheid in South Africa

12.) From 1960 to 1995, Nigeria spent over $61 billion to support the end of apartheid, more than any other country in the world.

13.) Nigeria refused to sell oil to South Africa in protest against the white minority rule. Nigeria lost approximately $41 billion then. $41billion dollars. Remember this by was our oil boom moment. As long as we fought apartheid, the money meant nothing.

14.) Nigeria was labbelled a frontline State in the War Against Apartheid.

AND WE ASKED, IF XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IS THE WAY TO PAY NIGERIA BACK?

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