The Good & The Ugly: 3 Times Africa Made Global Headlines This Week

This week, the lens of the entire world was focused on Africa for reasons that have been described as mishmash.

Whilst some sons of the continent made gainful strides in their areas of endeavours and made the continent proud, others were in the news for the negative reasons.

The spectacle that characterised the image of the African continent has been captured in three scenarios below for our readers.

  1. Abiy Ahmed

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has been adjudged as the 2019 Noble Peace Prize winner. The award is in recognition of his role in ending his country’s 20-year war with Eritrea. His efforts have been described as deserving recognition and needing encouragement.

2. Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya just became the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 1:59:40 at the Ineos Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

“I’m running to make history,” he said of the challenge on Friday .

“I’m running to show that there are no limits, no human is limited.”

Kipchoge was supported by a rotating team of 41 pacesetters and a pace car that beamed lasers onto the road.

3. Sex For grades

Unlike their two compatriots, Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor at the University of Ghana and Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Lagos University were in the news for the wrong reasons.

The trio were captured on tape in a BBC Africa Eye’s documentary engaged in sexual harassment on campus.

They have since been interdicted by their respective universities.

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