On 12 May 2016, Uganda’s president-elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been at the helm of the sub-Saharan country for 30 years, was sworn in for a record sixth time. This leaves many Ugandans wondering what the Museveni of 1986 would have made of the Museveni of 2016
It is about 30 years since Mark Dery coined the term ‘Afro futurism’, a loose literary and cultural movement that connects science fiction, fantasy, history, science and the destiny of Afro-Americans and Africans. Percy Zvomuya has just finished reading Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred and wonders if there is something that Afro-American science fiction shares with Shona spirituality.
An old African proverb proclaims, “It is the young trees that make up the forest.” What this means in the present context is that Africa’s youth will determine its future. Indeed, Africa will not rise unless young people provide leadership and leverage their tech-savviness to mobilise for the realisation of better policies – policies that promote inclusive development.
Even if he is a US President, Obama represented a ray of hope for Pan Africanist concerns and a potential revolutionary moment. Now that his second term in office comes to an end, TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire counts the losses.
When blacks are bitter, angry and feeling revengeful in the name of seeking justice and redress, it is not whites who hurt. Instead, black people are hurting themselves. The victims and prisoners of this desire for justice, whatever that means, are black people.
While there is nothing wrong with being discreet about sex, it is nonsensical to still be so secretive about it. A recent art exhibition in Johannesburg set out to break through the silence and got LINEO SEGOETE thinking
As a society we love naked women. We use female bodies to sell everything, from standard kitchen tiles to Ferraris. Being naked can even win you an Oscar, or get you trending or Instagram famous. The very same society, however, is not so happy when a woman’s body is not used for public pleasure and consumption but for protest. This is what makes this particular form of revolt so powerful.
On 8th March the world celebrated international women’s day and the theme this year is Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality. According to UNFPA a critical step to achieving the desired gender parity is to empower adolescent girls to stay in school, know their rights and decide for themselves when, and to whom, they will get married.
The internet is a great space for community and interaction but it has also become another site of violence against women, with rape games, cases of revenge porn and verbal abuse. Kagure Mugo explores this dark side.
Few things are as precious to a man as his manhood. Most men will go to great lengths to pay homage to, compensate for or even disguise their packages. South Africa’s Central Business Districts are littered with street signage advertising in bold letters: PENIS ENLARGEMENTS.
It's now almost a month since Uganda’s only Cobalt-60 radiation machine broke down, seemingly beyond repair. The soonest a new machine is expected is in a year’s time. This has serious repercussions for the 75% of the 44 000 cancer patients admitted last year who require radiotherapy.
On 22 August 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group, acting as a nation’s conscience against poor political will and citizens’ forgetfulness, organised a protest to mark the 130th day since the 276 schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram were stolen from their families, their education and their lives, in Chibok, Borno State. A change of government and 736 days later, the girls are still missing.
The Jalada Translations Issue is a statement to the effect that African languages can find their place in dialogue among themselves; exist with equal power alongside Asian and European ones and inspire global conversations.
Islam is sacrosanct in Northern Nigeria. Suffice to say that denouncing the religion can come with dire consequences. It’s just not something you do. Last year, a young man named Mubarak Bala from Kano bravely did just that. He announced he was an atheist and humanist, and rejected Islam. This came with serious consequences, including alienation from family and friends, physical assaults and death threats. It’s been over a year since this happened and TIA wanted to speak to Mubarak to hear what he had to say and to see how he was doing.
High prevalence of adolescent pregnancies is a great concern, both as a health risk and a challenge to the realisation of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights in sub-Saharan countries. By 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund, there will be 26 million more adolescent girls in the world. The largest absolute national increases in adolescent girls will mostly happen in sub-Saharan African countries, with Nigeria at the top of the list. At least one of every five adolescent girls aged 15 to19 has given birth, according the 2014 Nigerian National Demographic Survey.
Malawi has banned foreign witch doctors from practising in the country, in an intervention to stop the attacks and murders of albinos. Could the measure be effective to protect albino people and help end their worsening plight?
Namibia last week scrapped off visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders, a development which was erroneously reported in the media and shared widely on social media. Namibia’s visa exemptions do not apply to all Africans as previously reported, but the interest the issue has raised is a bold reminder for African countries to timeously and expediently open their borders to ease trade and the free movement of citizens.
Multichoice has pulled “I Am Cait”, a reality TV show staring Caitlyn Jenner, off the air across Africa after pressure from Nigerian authorities. The decision has raised questions about censorship and whether one country’s morality should get to determine what the rest of the continent can watch.
In a remarkable feat which is being widely applauded and celebrated, Ghana’s Afua Ansah became the country’s first Scripps (U.S.) National Spelling Bee finalist. Despite bowing out of the competition in the final round, Ansah has done her country proud.
South Africa's parliament has approved a bill which allows state expropriation of land in the “public interest” to redress racial disparities in land ownership. Following the failure of the free-market “willing buyer, willing seller” policy, could South Africa be on the verge of solving the perennial land question?
This Is Africa on February 29, 2016 — After the recently concluded Ugandan Elections, TIA and Waza asked youth from different walks of life in Kampala to weigh in on the importance of voting, their vision for Uganda, leadership, and what should be the priorities of the electorate.