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Beyoncé will voice the position of lioness Nala within the remake of Disney’s The Lion King

In our collection of letters from African journalists, media and communications coach Joseph Warungu writes about what he shall be looking for in 2019.

After constantly shedding out in soccer bets final 12 months, I’ve little confidence in predicting something for 2019 past the truth that the solar will rise and set in Africa.

However this a lot I do know with no shadow of doubt: Africa within the coming 12 months shall be centered on the beast, the poll and Massive Brother.

The African model of the well-known actuality TV present, which began 16 years in the past in South Africa, shall be launched in Sierra Leone in 2019.

And it’s promising to be massive. Already 2,000 software kinds for Massive Brother Sierra Leone have been offered.

With a prime prize of about $12,000 (£9,400) and the prospect to be actually well-known, it’s already the discuss of the city, following the success of Massive Sister final 12 months, the nation’s first-ever actuality TV present.

Africa Cup of Nations

For six weeks beginning in February, Sierra Leonean TV viewers shall be pinned to their seats watching 20 women and men caught in a home, with nowhere to go and nothing a lot to do.

What Sierra Leoneans will sorely miss are their 11 males preventing to develop into African soccer champions.

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Kenyan followers are hoping their workforce will carry out properly in Africa’s largest soccer match

The world soccer governing physique, Fifa, disqualified the West African state from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations marketing campaign as a consequence of authorities interference within the nationwide soccer affiliation.

Ghana and Kenya have been the beneficiaries of Sierra Leone’s exit from Group F.

For the primary time, the match will shift from its conventional January and February slot to June and July. The variety of groups may even rise from 16 to 24.

Stress mounts on Sudan’s chief

My cash shall be on one nation that has certified for the finals for the primary time in 15 years.

It’s Kenya. The East African state produces people who find themselves excellent at working. In Africa’s premiere soccer match, the problem shall be for the Harambee Stars to run properly with the ball.

Joseph Warungu:

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As for Nigeria, we now know for positive that the enormous of Africa is just not led by a person from Sudan.

If they’re kicked out, they may all the time discover comfort within the different main sporting occasion on the continent in 2019 – the All Africa Video games.

It takes place in Morocco from August and also will function an Olympic qualifier for 2020, the video games happening in Tokyo, the place temperatures shall be sizzling.

In Sudan it is the bread that is proving too sizzling to deal with.

Its value rose from 200 to 300 Sudanese kilos about two weeks in the past, triggering protests within the capital, Khartoum, and different components of the nation.

The protests concerning the rising price of residing rapidly was calls for for President Omar al-Bashir to resign.

Massive election in Nigeria and South Africa

However the ruling celebration has different plans. It has referred to as for an modification to the structure in order that he can contest the 2020 election.

The present structure bars Mr Bashir – who took energy in a coup in 1989 – from looking for re-election.

His future is sure to warmth up the political oven in Sudan within the coming 12 months.

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Sudan has been hit by a wave of protests to demand the president’s resignation

As for Nigeria, we now know for positive that the enormous of Africa is just not led by a person from Sudan.

Early final month, President Muhamadu Buhari denied rumours unfold by his critics that he had died and was changed by a Sudanese impostor.

He says he’s the true Buhari, and shall be asking Nigerians to vote him again into energy in February.

Mr Buhari is amongst a number of African presidents who shall be preventing to stay in energy in elections in 2019.

In South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who inherited the political crown from the scandal-hit Jacob Zuma, will lead the governing African Nationwide Congress (ANC) in its bid to increase its 25-year rule.

‘Not fearful of ghosts’

Though few anticipate the ANC to lose, it will not be a simple combat as its status has been broken by corruption, excessive ranges of unemployment, and the gradual tempo of land reform – a difficulty which is sure to lift feelings forward of elections.

The ANC has promised to amend the structure in order that it will likely be simpler to expropriate white-owned farms with out compensation, however its opponents to the suitable of the political spectrum have vowed to withstand the plan.

Extra from Joseph Warungu:

In Malawi President Peter Mutharika shall be battling a powerful opposition which hopes that voters fed up with electrical energy blackouts, drug shortages and corruption will propel them to energy.

The truth that Mr Mutharika is working for workplace once more means he has not been postpone by tales that the presidential mansion, Kamuzu Palace, is haunted.

Ghosts have been alleged to have tormented a former president who referred to as in clergymen to “exorcise evil spirits” from the palace, named after Malawi’s founding chief, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Mr Mutharika’s solely torment would be the poll field in 2019.

Disney in trademark row

In international locations like Zambia and Kenya, authorities critics concern a nightmare of a distinct sort – being increasingly in debt to China.

With indicators of the Chinese language foreign money, the yuan, seen throughout them by way of the constructing of infrastructure initiatives, they need to know precisely how a lot is owed and the way will the loans be repaid.

Some fear that the love affair between Africa and China could have an sad ending.

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is assured of profitable a second time period in February

In the meantime, Africa’s largest movie competition, Fespaco, will mark its 50th anniversary in February in Burkina Faso.

Though it’s a essential platform for African filmmakers and brings collectively a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals, critics of the competition argue that it wants some modifications, together with higher transparency in its movie choice standards.

And nonetheless on movies, a phrase about that beast within the jungle often known as Simba.

The world shall be ready for the remake of The Lion King.

The Disney film, scheduled to be launched in mid-2019 and whose massive stars embrace Beyoncé, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor, will discover an African viewers that has not been too completely happy after the corporate trademarked the phrase “Hakuna Matata”, which implies “no downside” within the Swahili language spoken throughout East Africa.

So may Disney now additionally trademark Simba, which is Swahili for “lion”?

I anticipate roars of protest.

Completely happy 2019!

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