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We all need mythical heroes

On a study tour in faraway Estonia, veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga finds familiar parallels between the Eastern European country’s mythical hero “Kalevipoeg” and “Gor Mahia”, the larger-than-life figure from Luo mythology. It turns out – whether in Europe or Africa – our “mythical heroes” say more about us and our fears than we would like to admit.

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Happy Being Me

In the illustration Chinue Igwe, a biracial Nigerian-American lesbian woman discusses the complexities of coming out the closet. The illustration depicts the prevalent conservative social, cultural and religious attitudes, which are normally used in society as the basis to dismiss homosexuality as a sin or reprehensible behaviour.

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Black people imagining themselves into existence

On Saturday Tseliso Monaheng decided to head down south to Soweto to check out the inaugural Abantu Book Festival, an initiative founded by Thando Mgqolozana and curated by Panashe Chigumadzi. To say it was lit would be a gross understatement. The topics on panels and the temperatures matched, while the film screening and poetry sessions added the pressure to further ignite a revelation in progress. People came from all across Johannesburg to take it all in. These are snapshots from Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.

Paying it forward: Emmanuel Jal, the South Sudanese-Canadian musician, is a good example of an artist working tirelessly to make a difference in Africa. (Photo: David Shankbone via https://www.flickr.com/photos/shankbone/)
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Africa: We ARE the world

“They found peace and success internationally, and chose to come back and shine a light on their homes, and use their personal profiles to raise their communities.” Seasoned talent manager George Issaias with some eagle-eyed insight on how internationally-recognised African artists are giving back to the continent from whence they came.