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Women’s leadership ‘critical’ to future of Niger

Women’s leadership ‘critical’ to future of Niger

The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Ms Mohammed was speaking at a meeting with the Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufu, on Saturday in the capital Niamey which was part of a joint United Nations -African Union (UN-AU) mission […]

Remembering Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

Remembering Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing. The Igbo Landing is a historic site at Dunbar […]

Why I Thank God My Children Were Not Born In Africa

Why I Thank God My Children Were Not Born In Africa

No disrespect, but had my 6 children been born in Africa I would have spent most of my time fighting their school teachers than being a mother. Growing up in Zimbabwe for me meant teachers had the full authority and rights to brutally ‘beat’ any child in their care. There were no regulations or control […]

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

India named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts India was named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts released on Tuesday. The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues ranked war-torn Afghanistan and Syria in second […]

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers under a sharp rise in the number of Islamist militant attacks. In its report Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business, Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018. […]

Nairobi Sexologist Matheka Explains Why Nairobi Cold Won’t Lead to Baby Boom

Nairobi Sexologist Matheka Explains Why Nairobi Cold Won’t Lead to Baby Boom

Nairobi sexologist Maurice Matheka has demystified the common notion that cold seasons are always accompanied with baby making. In an interview with Nairobi News, the sexologist said the notion has been overused by men as a pickup line when trying to draw women into a conversation during cold seasons. “The cold season will off course […]

Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Michel Chikwanine is a long way from where he grew up in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not from the memories of war. They haunt him every night — ever since he was captured by rebels in the city of Beni at the age of five. Chikwanine’s father had an imposed an early-evening curfew, […]

My Dear Zambia – Please Forgive Me

My Dear Zambia – Please Forgive Me

In this emotive open letter to Dear Zambia, Jera reflects on past and present relations between the two southern African countries. For Zimbabweans who saw the 80s and 90s, their most vivid memories are of playing Pacman and Space Invaders at the video arcade and gathering around the black and white television set to watch […]

The Limits of Imagining Pleasure – Writing the History of African Sex

The Limits of Imagining Pleasure – Writing the History of African Sex

Is kissing unAfrican? Is foreplay unAfrican? These questions speak to ideas which view certain aspects of pleasure and sexuality as foreign. Through fiction, Rafeeat Aliyu says African writers can challenge stereotypes and assumptions of the place of both romance and pleasure in history by creating stories that push at imposed boundaries. Is kissing unAfrican? Is […]

Principles of Modern Day Slavery and Soft Colonization as Implemented by Donald Trump

Principles of Modern Day Slavery and Soft Colonization as Implemented by Donald Trump

I was prompted to write this article as a result of a horrible dream I had. In this rather amazingly bizarre dream of mine, we were back in colonial times and white people were making us their slaves and at one point I remember myself hiding in a curve together with my family. In my […]

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