By Vanguard Reporter
A roundup of the weeks biggest news and newsmakers.
1. Nigerian military arrests Boko Haram cameraman
The Nigerian military on Monday confirmed that it had arrested a Boko Haram photographer in a community in Adamawa state.
The man, who was arrested alongside other militants, is thought to specialise in taking photographs and shooting videos of the group’s activities in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The men were arrested during a patrol, surveillance and raid operations to track fleeing militants in the Adamawa area.
The spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, said four of the terrorists, who tried to escape in an SUV jeep with a digital camera and weapons have been taken into custody.
Mr. Olukolade said the arrested terrorists are helping ongoing investigations in one of the military barracks in the country.
In April, Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 school girls from the state of Chibok and they haven’t been found since.
2. Musician Lulu Dikana passes away
According to a statement released by Sony Music and the Dikana family, musician Lulu Dikana passed away on December 3 while being treated in hospital after a short illness.
In 2014 Dikana experienced a definitive moment in her career, which she described as her biggest highlight. She was selected as the opening act for US R&B star John Legend during his All of Me SA tour at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, and performed at three of Legend’s shows.
The opportunity could not have come at a better time as she was busy promoting her third album, ‘I Came to Love’ released in October.
The Port Elizabeth-born songstress’s talent extended beyond her vocal ability; she was a music arranger, composer, songwriter and producer. She released her debut album in 2008, titled ‘My Diary, My Thoughts’, with hit singles ‘Real Love’ and ‘Life and Death’.
In 2011 she released a follow-up album ‘This is the Life’, which earned her three Metro FM Music Awards nominations in 2013, and two SAMA nominations for Best R&B/ Soul/ Reggae album and Female Artist of the Year.
Dikana, who was 35 years old at the time of her death, is survived by her three sisters and 16-year-old son, Luhle. She is the older sister of X-Factor SA judge and singer Zonke Dikana and daughter of the late jazz musician Viva Dikana.
3. Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson becomes first black woman to win world swimming title
Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.
Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte’s world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process, although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.
Atkinson then clawed her way down the final length before out-touching the 17-year-old by 0.10sec. She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.
“Me?,” she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.
“I couldn’t believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that. I just thought ‘oh okay’ and looked up at the board and it didn’t really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!”
“Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we’ll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push,” Atkinson mused.
4. Trevor Noah shines on his first appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
South African comedian, Trevor Noah, absolutely killed it during his first appearance on The Daily Show on Friday night.
Before Trevor Noah took to the stage of The Daily Show in New York on Thursday night, one of his agents gave him a gift – some biltong.
Friend and fellow comedian David Kibuuka was watching from the wings, and host Jon Stewart’s interviewee for the night, Angelina Jolie, was waiting in the green room when Noah took to the stage.
Noah turned the tables on America saying he was rather worried about the country’s rampant racial inequality and Ebola outbreaks and the host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, played along.
According to a press release by Comedy Central Trevor will be joining “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” as a contributor in December.
5. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ends mourning period and says her divorce was a “blessing in disguise”
In an interview at Mthatha Airport on Sunday, Madikizela-Mandela spoke out against her former husband, saying her divorce from him was a “blessing in disguise”..She said Mandela should never have given the property to his third wife, Graça Machel, because Machel owned the “whole world in Mozambique”.
It was Madikizela-Mandela’s first interview since Mandela died. She was in Qunu for the family’s cleansing ritual at the weekend, a year after Mandela died.
Madikizela-Mandela took her fight for the ownership of the Qunu property to court after Mandela bequeathed it to the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Family Trust on behalf of Machel, her children and the Mandela family. She wants the court to nullify the registration of the property in Mandela’s name, arguing that she had personally acquired it.
“I let him live on my property. I wasn’t going to evict him from my property simply because he was married to a third wife. I’m not that sort of person. I never dreamed in a million years that he would at any point give my property away.
She said it was unfortunate that she had had to litigate to get what “rightfully belonged” to her.
“This property is mine and I attained it when the old man was on Robben Island and there’s no dispute about that,” she said.
A senior member of the Mandela family, who asked not to be named, supported Madikizela-Mandela’s claim to the property.
“The elders in the family, during the meeting yesterday [Sunday], said the only person who can rightfully claim the Qunu home is Nobandla [Madikizela-Mandela].”