Elite Africa Roundup - 13 May 2024

Dafe Oputu

Crown jewels from the Asante Empire are on display in Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi. The artefacts, many of which were looted by the British in the 19th Century, are on loan from British museums as part of an agreement with the Asante monarchy.

With only three weeks to go until South Africa’s elections, a faction within the UMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party is trying to oust former president Jacob Zuma as the party’s candidate. Zuma’s opponents are led by Jabuulani Khumalo, a founder of the MK Party who was ousted for “attempts to destabilize” the party. The Constitutional Court has yet to rule on Zuma’s eligibility to run given his imprisonment for corruption charges in 2021.

  • The 31st New York African Film Festival runs from May 8 - June 1, 2024, featuring productions by African and diasporic filmmakers.
  • From The Republic, a look at how the Alliance of Sahel States between Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger might impact West Africa’s international relationships.
  • Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Bosun Tijani set an ambitious target of 70 percent internet penetration by 2025, but new government taxes on internet services have pushed the country even further away from that target.

Image: The reconstructed palace of the Asantehene, in Kumasi, Ghana. 18 March 2018. Photo credit: Caupolicaningles, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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