10. South Africa Hosts World Economic Forum on Africa – 3-5 June 2015
The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa is held in Cape Town under the theme, “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”. Convening over 1,250 participants from business, politics, civil society, academia and the media, the meeting was the largest ever held in Africa by the World Economic Forum, with the highest ever representation from the Forum’s Strategic Partner community, as well as the largest number of young and women participants ‒ demonstrating unprecedented levels of support for driving Africa’s transformation through public-private cooperation. The meeting saw a number of high-level initiatives gain further traction. This included Grow Africa, which since its launch has unlocked over $10 billion in investment commitments across 12 countries, created 58,000 jobs and provided direct assistance to 8.6 million smallholder farmers. It also included the Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, where lessons learned are being deployed to help accelerate 23 cornerstone projects valued at $9.7 billion in an international Central Corridor programme spanning Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 2015 meeting was the largest ever in terms of participants, indicating unprecedented levels of commitment for achieving Africa’s transformation through public-private cooperation.
9. 4 Nigerians win parliamentary positions in UK: Chuka Umunna, Helen Grant, Chi Onwurah and Kate Osamor are politicians of Nigerian descent who won parliamentary elections in the just ended UK elections. Congratulations Chuka, Helen, Chi and Kate.
8. Fortune names Patrick Awuah in 50 Influential People in the world: He made millions at Microsoft and then decided to make a difference back home in Ghana. Awuah founded a state-of-the-art, tech-focused university in this sub-Saharan nation—a region where just 5% of college-age kids go to school. Many students at Ashesi University, founded in 2002, are the first in their families—or villages, for that matter—to attend college. And notably, of the 168 students in the incoming class, 51% are women.
7. Tidjane Thiam Appointed CEO of Credit Suisse AG: The Swiss investment bank in March announced Tidjane Thiam as the new head of the bank. Tidjane Thiam was the CEO of Prudential Bank PLC when he was announced as the incoming CEO of Credit Suisse hails from Ivory Coast. He previously worked for former Ivorien president Henri Konan Bedie’s government. He is thought to be interested in returning to the Ivory Coast to contribute to the governance of the West African country.
6. Nigeria wins Under 17 world cup against Mali in the final in Chile : Nigeria became the only second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar. Victor Osimhen stole the show once again thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later. Samuel Diarra had saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to Chile 2015.
Also, Africa won all the coveted individual awards at the tournament. Golden Ball, Golden Boots and the Golden gloves (Kelechi NWAKALI, Victor OSIMHEN, Samuel DIARRA respectively).
5.Regggie and Bollie placed wins 2nd placed in X-factor : Ghanaian music duo Reggie N Bollie were beaten to the X Factor title by Louisa Johnson but had surprised many by making the talent show final having initially been seen as a novelty act in the competition. But they were the last group standing in a category which was overseen by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Fernandez Versini and were even tipped to win at one point by X Factor guru Simon Cowell.
4.Trevor Noah Replaces Jon Stewart as Host of the Daily Show on Comedy central: Trevor Noah is the host of “The Daily Show.” Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he was the first South African comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” He’s hosted the South African Music Awards, the South Africa Film and Television Awards, the South African Comedy Festival and his own talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”
In 2012, Noah’s one-man show, “The Racist,” had a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and he was the subject of the documentary “You Laugh but It’s True.” His comedy special “African American” premiered in 2013, and he was named Personality of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2015.
3. President Obama visits Africa for the 2nd time: After years of anticipation, President Barack Obama finally visited his father’s native Kenya, made history and captivated a nation. Obama’s two-day trip ended, but the buzz did not. The visit was personal yet political; short yet filled with family and presidential commitments. It was unlike any other — not just for him, but for a nation that considers him a long-lost son.
2. Pope Francis Visits Africa: The Pope’s visit started in Kenya, followed by stops in Uganda and the Central African Republic — the latter a lawless conflict zone as Christian and Muslim gangs attack civilians for a second year. His visit- despite the instability- highlights the Catholic Church’s explosive growth in Africa and how crucial the region is to the church’s future.
1. Africa elects new generation of leaders who are dedicated to the fight against corruption: There is a new wave of leadership breezing in Africa. Nigeria held a peaceful presidential elections to elect President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari has been on the move to fight corruption and eradicate Boko Haram, (militant group) from Africa’s largest economy and has been applauded by the international community. He has also made science and technology education free for high school students whiles he has announced plans of reducing price of gas(petrol) prices to the admiration of Nigerian populace.
Another president who has had rave reviews in the media in 2015 is John Maguli of Tanzania. Indeed he has been nicknamed as the “Bulldozer president” by BBC. Some have also classified his style of leadership as “magufulization”. According to BBC some analysts say Mr Magufuli is more popular than the party, which has effectively been in power since Tanzania’s independence in 1961, and he will have to purge it of corrupt officials or risk losing credibility. Since becoming president he has cancelled the country’s Independence day celebrations to redirect the funds to education and health and declared the day as a national cleaning day.