In the year 2018, we said goodbye to some people, some events, and some things. Here are 10 of those:
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela the Great: the Mother of the Nation, and a Warrior like No Other! Everyone celebrates Nelson Mandela, but everybody forgets that without Winnie Mandela, there would have been no Nelson. While he was in jail, she carried on the battle, carried his name high, and carried the nation: Strong African Women and History Amnesia, Patriarchy, Sexism, and Racism: the Case of Winnie Mandela. Below is the strong and powerful eulogy given by Julius Malema, for an exceptional woman.
- The trumpetist Hugh Masekela… no more “Strawberries” for me… but I still love dancing to the sound of the “The Boy is doing it!“. His genius, spirit and music remain with us. So Long to Africa’s Jazz Maestro: Hugh Masekela
Kofi Annan , the previous UN Secretary-General passed away, and was buried in Ghana.
- We said bye-bye to division between Eritrea and Ethiopia, as peace treaties were signed: Peace at last between the 2 sisters Eritrea and Ethiopia.
- We said goodbye to the name ‘Swaziland‘ for the country Swaziland, and welcomed Eswatini, officially known as the Kingdom of Eswatini.
- The world said goodbye to Aretha Franklin, the African American singer, who reveled us with ‘I say a little prayer for you‘, ‘Respect‘, and so many other hit tubes.
We also said goodbye to Joseph Kadji Defosso, the great Cameroonian business magnate head of a conglomerate of companies, creator of the Kadji Sport Academy from which world-renowned football player Samuel Eto’o, and others like Idriss Carlos Kameni, Nicolas Nkoulou and Benjamin Moukandjo came out of. Kadji was 95 years old.
- The statue of ‘racist’ Gandhi was removed from the University of Ghana campus. It is important to have our own African heroes represented on our campuses and textbooks.
- Over 200 people lost their lives when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, in Tanzania. This marked the second-most deadliest ferry disaster in Tanzania.
- This was the last world cup for the Egyptian Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who at 45 was the oldest player at the World cup. And lastly, the African Teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup performed poorly. We wish for a better one next time.
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That was a good retrospective. May Winnie rest in power.
That Eritrea/Ethiopia peace deal was amazing and I was so happy seeing those countries celebrate that landmark event.
I remember hearing about the Eswatini thing after the fact when I saw a YouTube video about countries that recognize Taiwan as a country and it was mentioned. I first thought “Where the heck is Eswatini?” until I saw the flag and it clicked. That country has one of the coolest looking flags.