Monthly Round Up January 2017

The first month of the New Yearn was busy and eventful.Kicking off with the inauguration of Presidents Donald Trump. Many Americans are apprehensive of what his presidency is going to be like and concerns about his policies on religion, women and immigration. Needless to say, minority groups are very nervous. Women in particular have concerns not only about his policies but his attitudes towards them in general.

The removal of funding from birth control and programs abroad which include abortion advice is a particular bone of contention is the many feel it is a violation of the rights to choose which they believe to be a fundamental human right. Controversy enough said with his travel bans were quickly are quickly all overruled by the judiciary. His hundred days in office promises to be controversial as he is determined to challenge the status quo. Is also been busy diplomatically as Marion Le Pen paid a visit before the inauguration and British prime minister, Theresa May soon after the event.

Russia seeks to decriminalise some domestic violence. Again this is likely worry activists as it’s  persistent and a worldwide problem.

 Nigerian-born British novelist writer, Buchi Emecheta died at 72 and so did actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 90. 

It’s not all been doom and gloom as Serena Williams set a world record of 23 Grand slams. In a final with her sister Venus, the Williamses rule female tennis.

In Africa Connor Gambia elected a new president. Adama Barrow was inaugurated after diplomatic efforts persuaded ex-president Yayah jammed to leave peacefully. Ghana also had a smooth transition of powerTransition of power. Nana Akufo-Addo became the new president of Ghana.

And for the rest of us, we set our resolutions and commitments and went to work on our commitments.

Author: Khadijatu Mansaray

Entrepreneur, Publisher, Activist.Born and raised in Sierra Leone.Formerly an accountant is passionate about Africa, Literature and social justice.

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