Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zilleis has come under extreme fire for recent tweets seemingly glorifying African colonialism.
Zilleis, the white former head of South Africa’s main opposition party, tweeted in March that colonialism had some “positive results,” which resulted in her suspension from the political party and disdain from the new DA leader.
Her comments damaged the party and undermined reconciliation efforts in South Africa, said Mmusi Maimane, a black leader who succeeded Zilleis as party leader.
“We live in a fragile democracy, which means our public representatives must, at all times, be sensitive to the legitimate anger that people still feel about our past and its legacy,” Maimane said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.
Zille, who is expected to be suspended until her disciplinary hearing, tweeted afterwards that she would not be bullied into resigning or incriminating herself.
First Encyclopedia of African Art Arriving Soon
Often lost in the remnants of verbal cataloguing, writer and art historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim sets a goal to create a definitive way to archive African art history with the continents first Encyclopedia of African Art.
Receiving more than $40,000 in funding from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oforiatta-Ayim plans to create a digital, and soon to be physical, encyclopedia of historic and modern African art.
According to The New York Times, Oforiatta-Ayim will start with Ghana, inviting Ghanaian experts in the arts including music, theater, filmmaking and literature for a 10-day workshop in St.-Louis, Senegal, French West Africa’s oldest colonial settlement.
“I would get completely sidetracked reading about things like the technology of kente cloth,” she told the New York Times. “And at the same time I was also thinking that the narrative that is told about Africa is still the backward narrative: no innovation, it’s ahistorical and stuck. Yet with everything I was reading, it was stories of innovation, of knowledge, of technology.”
Ghanaian Militants Train U.S. Troops in Jungle Warfare
Being trained in jungle warfare for more than four decades, Ghanian militants recently shared their tactical skills with U.S. troops.
In May, more than 55 U.S. soldiers were taught how to survive the harsh Ghanaian jungle during a 10-day Warfare School at Achiase military base course in Akim Oda, Ghana.
Though the retreat was deemed as successful, many U.S. troops cited the extreme difficulty of the training.
“We’ve always been prepared for Iraq and Afghanistan and desert environments, and even the mountainous environments, so this is like nothing we’ve dealt with before,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Hugh Smith, Delta Company’s platoon leader.
During the training, Ghanaian instructors equipped men with practical knowledge specific to the local terrain and environment.
“In 1976, our forefathers and the military high command also thought it wise to also establish a school to train the personnel of the Ghana armed forces in jungle warfare, so that in case the situation arises where we have to apply ourselves in jungle warfare, we will be able to do,” said Ghanaian Maj. Jacob Codjoe, the school course commander.