The end of another year, and it comes with the inevitable re-caps of the top stories of the year (such as this one), and the predictions and suggestions for the next.
On our second “end-of-year blog-post”, On Africa wants to continue this nice widespread tradition. Unlike last year, when I did a longer and more elaborate summary of 2009’s top stories – so broadly understood many are still relevant – this year we will go for a brief re-cap – in pictures – of what the year has brought (in roughly chronologycal order).
And happy 2011!
Many African countries celebrate their 50th anniversary of independence
Part of a large crowd in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, this 30 June, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. Photograph: UN Photo / Evan Schneider. Source
SEACOM lands in East Africa
A Kenyan boy looks at the East African Marine Cable (TEAMS) fiber optic cable from the ship Niwa in Mombasa. The cable has taken 18 months to reach the Kenyan coast by sea from the Middle East and is set to improve information and communication technology in Africa. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (Source)
Murder of supremacist leader Terreblanche shakes race relations in South Africa
Terreblanche’s brother puts the AWB flag on the coffin during his funeral at a church in Ventersdorp on April 9 where 1,000 supporters turned up. AFP/Getty. Source
Yar’Adua returns, dies and Goodluck Jonathan takes Nigeria’s government
Ambulance conveying Nigeria president Umaru Yar’Adua drives through the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja February 24, 2010. Yar’Adua died on May 5. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde. Source
South Africa’s World Cup
Archbishop Desmond Tutu welcomes the audience during the opening concert for the soccer World Cup at Orlando stadium. Photo AP/Hassan Ammar. Source.
Al-Shabaab bombs in Uganda
The Ethiopian Village Restaurant, one of the scenes of the July 11 twin bomb blasts in Kampala (Uganda) Source
Kenya’s new constitution
Kenyan officials cheer as President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga make an address to announce that voters have approved a new constitution on August 5, 2010. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images. Source
Food riots in Mozambique
A demonstrator throws a tyre on to a burning barricade during riots in Mozambique’s capital Maputo. Photo Reuters. Source
Guinea manages a peaceful election and transfer of power…
Alpha Conde supporters celebrate victory after November’s election in Guinea. Source.
…but Côte d’Ivoire doesn’t
UN troops provide security at a hotel used by Ivory Coast opposition leader Alassane Ouattara and members of his party in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Dec. 6, 2010. Photo AP/Schalk van Zuydam. Source