President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to vacate office has sparked protest in the DRC, especially by the youth, which was brutally repressed. Kambale Musavuli analyses the state of the Congolese nation in the run-up to what should be an election – and highlights the role of an American firm in the maintenance of a repressive regime.
South Africa has a complex and diverse history regarding LGBT+ rights. Their legal and social status has been influenced by a combination of traditional South African culture, colonialism and the lingering effects of apartheid. South Africa's post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Writer Kgabo Chuene interrogates how far we have really come.
A mere three months after the highly successful inaugural One Africa Music Fest at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the festival will come to the Toyota Center arena in Houston, Texas on October 22 for another momentous concert
The Zimbabwean government prides itself in maintaining a police force that keeps the country safe and at peace while other countries on the continent struggle to deal with conflict and war. Recently, however, Zimbabwe has experienced a surge in citizen protests and violence. But what does ‘peace’ really mean in a society that is built on and sustained by various forms of violence, asks Vimbai Midzi.
Increasing religious conservatism and fundamentalism is destroying and erasing the rich diversity of cultures, religions and traditions on the African continent. This trend is in stark contrast with the ways in which black people in Brazil are trying to preserve their heritage.
Today is World Mental Health Day, and Africa joins the rest of the world to observe the day. The day is celebrated across the world with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
Violence of any kind is damaging. But violence in the home is doubly so since it should be a place filled with love and understanding – not fear and resentment. The ones who suffer the most are the children, as James narrates.
Break ups are hard; especially if you did everything you could in the relationship. This is doubly difficult for guys, who don’t know what to do with the negative emotion welling up inside. Is there a way past the pain?
Climate change exacerbates the chronic challenges of food insecurity, poverty and conflict, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue. What is required is an integrated approach that views climate change and socio-economic development as mutually dependent.
The African conspiracy theorist infuriates. He/she believes the West is out to “get" us. Everything, from AIDS, GMO food, vaccination to the ICC is a part of a Western plot to weaken and enslave Africans. Never mind that these conspiracies cost lives. Failure to vaccinate because it is a “racist population control” scheme sentences children and mothers to a needless death as does not allowing the ICC to rein in bloodthirsty despots like Omar al-Bashir. But maybe it’s not the fault of African conspiracy theorists that they hold these dangerous beliefs. Turns out the instincts that make us believe in baseless theories are the same ones that kept our great ancestors alive in the predator-teeming plains of the African Savanna thousands of years ago
The amount of wealth flowing out of Africa is ten times the amount the continent receives in foreign assistance. This is the only argument African countries need to make when advocating for debt forgiveness. Through tax dodges like “transfer pricing”, big multinationals pay more taxes in the West than they do in Africa while carting away its resources. How long shall Africa allow this to continue?
Climate change exacerbates the scarcity of natural resources. This, coupled with a growing population – projected to increase by 500 million people by 2030 – will lead to ever greater conflict for livelihood resources such as food, water and pasture lands. Africa will need to craft a robust response to halt this destructive spiral.
Given the reality of crime in South Africa, anything that could be described as a crime wave would be something of a relief. Waves crash and pass. But South Africa is a sea of crime. It permeates every aspect of life. The latest crime statistics for 2015/16, released this month, confirm that the country is drowning in its affliction.
Egyptian human rights advocate, Yara Sallam, stood up to be counted when Egypt's revolution was in full tilt and paid the price for it: fifteen months in prison. The prison spell did nothing to diminish her resolve and since her release last year, the outspoken activist has shown no signs of backing down from the fight to ensure that the powers that be uphold the human rights of every Egyptian. This Is Africa's Nancy Onyango caught up with Sallam on the sidelines of the recently concluded Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) forum in Brazil. She opened up about why some North Africans don't feel "African," her experience behind bars and why she thinks Egypt's revolution is far from over.
Amina Doherty is an African-Caribbean feminist and women’s rights advocate. Her work is centered on raising awareness for social justice through movement-building and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Her work takes many forms: art exhibitions, community programmes, cultural events and grant-making initiatives. She is committed to promoting justice and working towards social change through the intersection of art, culture and activism. Nancy Onyango caught up with her on the sidelines of the Black Feminisms Forum (BFF), held in Bahia, Brazil in September 2016 ahead of the 13th Association for Women’s Rights in Development forum. They talked about what it means to be a feminist, collective self-care and the importance of listening to each other’s struggles.
Since the rise of Boko Haram, the media have painted a picture of Borno State in Nigeria as a place of death and destruction. Photojournalist Fati Abubakar, however, is using social media to challenge perceptions about her hometown. In ‘Bits of Borno’, her acclaimed online photo series, she documents the resilience of ordinary people in difficult times. Enajite Efemuaye caught up with her to talk about the power of visual storytelling, her love for photographing children and what media attention means for her work.
In July 2016, Lidudumalingani became the first male South African writer to win the Caine Prize for African Writing with his story ‘Memories we Lost,’ published in the anthology Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You. Lidudumalingani is described on the Caine Prize website as a writer, filmmaker and photographer, born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. His winning story is set in a rural area and deals with schizophrenia. TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire caught up with Lidudumalingani to talk about the Caine Prize, writing female characters, multi-media storytelling and the decolonisation of South African literature.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (PhD), born in 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is an independent art curator and biotechnologist. He is Curator at Large for Documenta 14 (Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk), the founder and artistic director of the art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, where he has directed and curated exhibits with more than 200 artists from five continents. He is also co-artistic director of Galerie Wedding, a communal gallery space in Berlin. He has been living on and off in Berlin since 1997. He recently participated in the RAVY festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon where he gave lectures on art, epistemological pluralism, his curatorial approach and his skepticism towards Afrofuturism.
University of Ghana campaigners who petitioned for the removal of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s statue from the university campus are celebrating the triumph of their campaign after the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration revealed the statue would be removed from campus. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”.
Fees Must Fall (FMF), the student youth movement that is sweeping South Africa, began in October 2015 at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and quickly spread to other institutions of higher education. The movement’s original aim was to oppose university fee increases, which have been routinely imposed across the country since the end of apartheid.
People with albinism (PWAs) have faced unprecedented discrimination and persecution in parts of Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in recent years. To fight discrimination, persecution, stigmatisation, and alienation Kenya’s Albinism Society held its inaugural Mr and Miss Albino beauty pageant, an annual campaign to promote self awareness of PWAs in the society.
The long wait is finally over, South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made history, crowned as the African champions for 2016 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate. With the remarkable achievement Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane becomes the first South African coach to guide a club to continental glory. A hearty congratulations to Sundowns and Mosimane on the historic achievement.
US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and #ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda have a difficult few weeks ahead. Hillary has to beat a man who says he won’t accept defeat while Bensouda has to convince several African presidents that the ICC is not racially profiling them. Can Hillary and Bensouda succeed or will the "difficult men" have their way in the end?
Mercy Mulayi a 19-year-old Ugandan trainee pilot considered a talented and “natural pilot” has won a prestigious scholarship offered by a U.S. based Women Pilots Association, Ninety-Nines. The opportunity puts the young protégé closer to her dream, to become a pilot with Uganda’s Defence Air Force. #WomenInAviation