Instead of taking the route of vengeance and punishment, Rwanda has chosen admission, reconciliation and forgiveness. This way, it has missed a "justice of ashes". But to build a stable and prosperous country has required draconian legislation and curtailed personal freedom.
Most countries in Africa have either abolished the death penalty, or are on the way to doing so. But a handful of countries has led the number of "state-sanctioned killings" to rise, according to Amnesty International. Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan accounted for more than 90% of these in 2013.
Contemporary African art is carving a niche in the West African town of Ouidah, Benin. Known more for its slave trade and voodoo roots, the region is starting to draw visitors more interested in the arts and culture. It is also offering a space for expatriate artists to show their work at home for the first time.
The African diaspora, estimated at nearly 170-million people with ties to the continent living and working in the US and Europe, send over US$60-billion home every year, money that builds local African economies and reduces dependence on foreign aid.
American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams has taken over the world – on YouTube – with his Oscar-nominated song Happy. For International Day of Happiness on 20 March, people across the world were invited to submit their own dance interpretations of his song. Watch a selection of Happy, from Africa.
Self-taught and using patched-up, homemade and reverse engineered instruments, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste is doing something extraordinary. The only all-black orchestra in the world – and the only orchestra at all in central Africa – it is revelling in the beauty of classical music.
African agriculture is about to flourish, write Olusegun Obasanjo and Bob Geldof. This is one of the most fertile regions on earth, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land.