Muslims welcome year 1440 Hijri On 11 September 2018, Muslims worldwide welcomed the beginning of the year 1440 Hijri according to the Muslim calendar.
The calendar is known as the Hijri because it begins with the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina.
The occasion came with very little celebration as compared to 1 January in the case of the Gregorian calendar.
Except for Muslimdominant nations, it was a normal day across most secular countries. In parts of northern Nigeria for instance, state governments have marked the occasion by declaring it an annual holiday.
World’s oldest drawing found in South Africa
Scientists say they have discovered humanity’s oldest known drawing on a small fragment of rock in South Africa. The drawing is about 73,000 years old and shows cross-hatch lines sketched onto stone with red ochre pigment.
It was found in Blombos Cave on the Southern Coast.
Scientists are saying this is a “prime indicator of modern cognition” in our species as it represents the earliest known abstract drawing.
Humanity has used ochre, a clay earth pigment, for at least 285,000 years.
Africa gets more female ministers Rwanda has long been lauded for 30% of its parliament being women.
However, many other African nations should be applauded for increasingly diversifying their administrative structures.
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita recently named Kamissa Camara as his new Foreign Minister.
Camara, who is the first woman to hold the position of Foreign Affairs Minister in Mali’s history, is the founder of the Sahel Strategy Forum, a platform that promotes peace, security and development across the Sahel.
In Zimbabwe, equally, President Emmerson Mnangagwa named a 20-strong cabinet including women.
Kirsty Coventry, an Olympic gold medallist, was the surprise pick for Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation.
Finally in Botswana, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo became this year’s youngest ever minister as the new Minister for Investment, Trade and Industry.
Kenewendo, who holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the UK, is passionate about development, poverty eradication, reducing inequalities and empowering women and youth.
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