Good News From Africa

  1. 50 years rule toppled by popular protests: Algeria, Sudan uprising.:

It has been a huge last ten days for African politics with fifty years of presidential rule between two leaders grinding to an end with striking similarities. Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika of Algeria would perhaps be the most shocked by the turn of events given that all was “well” not necessarily with him but with his ambitions to continue in office. In the case of Omar al-Bashir, political watchers had stressed that it was only a matter of how longer he could hold on especially given the dogged nature of the opposition he was facing. The two men fell to a common opponent – popular protests that had very little political involvement. In each case, concessions at different points might have emboldened the protesters.

  • CAF’s AFCON 2019 draw in Egypt: All you need to know:

The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is all set to conduct the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON.CAF said its Executive Committee at a meeting on Thursday, 11 April 2019, in Cairo, Egypt approved the draw procedure for the tournament slated for Egypt later this year. The procedure was proposed by the Organizing Committee at its meeting 24-hours earlier. The draw takes place in Egypt on Friday evening. The pots and seeding of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA World rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams.

  • Egypt uncovers the remains of a powerful ancient priest:

Archeologists on Sunday streamed live the discovery of a 2,500-year-old remains of a powerful ancient Egyptian high priest at Al-Glorify, a remote site about 165 miles south of the capital, Cairo. Inside the Priest’s stone sarcophagus covered in gold banding was a very well preserved mummy. Within the inner chambers of the burial site experts also discovered two other mummies. Archeologists recently uncovered a network of ancient tunnels and tombs containing 40 mummies “believed to be part of the noble elite.”

  • 2019 World Travel Market Kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa:

Travel professionals from over 70 countries have converged in Cape Town, South Africa for the World Travel Market, a networking event with leading travel and tourism players. The international event provides a platform to showcase travel and tourism products to potential buyers. “This year we have over one thousand buyers from all over the world and one of the main criteria used to source these buyers is the purchasing power on the African continent. They need to demonstrate to us that they indeed purchase true products, destination products on the African continent for us to be able to invite them to the exhibition. That has been demonstrated through the quality of buyers that we brought from the US and European market from the Middle East and so forth even from Africa as well,” Papy Luzala, the event organizer said.

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