Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebration in 2016. (GCIS/Flickr)

Here are a few things we shared in this week’s episode:

  • Thanks to an Africa is a Country film review by Sisonke Msimang (@Sisonkemsimang), we’ve got the documentary “Winnie” on our must-watch list. Msimang writes that the film “provides an in-depth look at the life and times of Winnie Mandela largely in her own words and in the words of people with tremendous respect for her.” The title of Msimang’s review is everything: “Winnie — a portrait of South African masculinity and its discontents.” For those of you in Western Massachusetts, we are making plans to screen the film here at Smith College in early 2018, so watch this space!
  • The Economic Community of West African States also known as ECOWAS, has accepted Morocco’s application to join the union, but there is still issues to be sorted out before Moroccan can formally be an addition to the group. Morocco officially rejoined the African Union this January, as King Mohammed VI has stated he wants to strengthen Morocco’s ties with the rest of the continent. What about you Kim?
  • Cheick Tioté, an Ivory Coast born soccer player, just passed away after collapsing during his training in China. Tiote was just 30 years old, and was a former member of the Ivorian team that won the African Cup of Nations in 2015. We send our condolences to Tioté’s family. 
  • There was a pretty heartwarming story in NPR this week titled, “My Improbable Graduation: From A Tiny Village In Ghana To Johns Hopkins.” It featured the story of George Mwinyaa, whose mother sacrificed so much to cobble together enough money to send George to school. While he excelled academically, he was unable to attend university in Ghana. Undeterred, he continued to work hard and seek options beyond Ghana. After marrying an American he met that was a Peace Corps volunteer, he moved to the United States and took night courses at a community college while he worked as a janitor in a local school. He continued his hard work and dedication and this month he graduated from Johns Hopkins University — where next year he will begin graduate coursework to earn his Masters in Public Health.

Here are a few bonus links to things we didn’t have time to share in this week’s episode:

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