Africa Review has collected up data on the annual salaries of African presidents, from a variety of sources. They then calculated how the salary compares to each country’s national average income – GNI per capita.
Pew Global Research have just published some new data from their Global Attitudes Survey, collected in early 2014. There were seven African countries among the sample, including Tanzania.
Let me start with a simple chart, with a conclusion that is perhaps surprising: More Tanzanians (90%) see corruption as a “very big problem” than in any of the other six African countries surveyed – more than in neighbouring countries, Kenya and Uganda, and more, even, than in Nigeria.
Witchcraft-related attacks on people with albinism are big news in Tanzania, and have been for some years. Back in 2008, Vicky Ntetema, then working for the BBC, first went undercover to investigate, and then into hiding after receiving threats.
Vicky is now the Executive Director for Tanzania of Under the Same Sun, campaigning for the rights of people with albinism. They recently published a report on the number of reported attacks on people with albinism across Africa.
Below, I have turned the data from their report into a map and two charts: Continue reading →
Chinua Achebe has died, at the age of 82. He leaves a legacy that will live on for generations.
He told a different story of Africa, perhaps best summed up by a Igbo proverb he liked to quote:
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Achebe was a historian of the lions, telling the story of colonialism in Africa from an African perspective. And by doing so, he changed not just African literature, but African politics as well, forever. Continue reading →
Two months ago, there was David Attenborough’s wildlife documentary series, Africa. Two weeks ago was a Comic Relief film set largely in South Africa and Mozambique. And last week there was the Top Gear Africa special, in Uganda and Tanzania. Three BBC shows, all firmly in the mainstream of UK media, bringing Africa to a mass popular audience in primetime slots – these were not obscure and worthy BBC4 documentaries. So how did they portray the continent?
The trailer for David Attenborough’s latest series had stunning landscapes, beautifully shot and teeming with wildlife. And, at the end, a three-word voice-over: “This is Africa.”