Beryl Thal’s role at Harare’s only Jewish-established golf club has changed as her age has advanced. These days her passion is looking after the flower beds, and she would not swap this task for anything in the world. It is her humble contribution to a historical place whose founding principles she devoutly believes in. Enock Muchinjo tells her story.
Say what you will about Thabo Mbeki but he is pure class. Besides being the quintessential statesman, he is also one of the greatest orators of all time. We mean that sincerely. Mbeki at the peak of his powers can hold his own against Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, you name them. Unlike those storied names, Mbeki does get enough respect for his oratorical gifts. We figured we’d do our part to change that so we took a deep dive into the archives to plug the speech he is most well known for: “I am an African”. Enjoy!
Ethiopia is seeing an increasing number of civilian protests, which are brutally suppressed by the government. It seems that the elite in power needs to heed the lessons taught by the Rwandan genocide: Do not play with ethnic hatred.
The Black Feminisms Forum (BFF), held in Bahia, Brazil, from 5 to 6 September 2016, brought together black feminists from different communities and contexts across the globe to celebrate the contribution of black feminisms to knowledge, practice and struggles for self-determination and justice. OluTimehin Adegbeye recounts what it felt like to be in a space where black feminists where celebrated and loved.
In these “woke" times, historical figures with controversial views aren’t having an easy time in Africa. Idols are being toppled - literally and figuratively - left,right and centre. A case in point is in Ghana where a campaign to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the campus of the University of Ghana is currently gaining momentum. Campaigners say Gandhi, the celebrated granddaddy of the non-violent movement, said a few too many racist things to be considered a friend of Africans. Should Gandhi be judged on the sum of his life or on the basis of a few undeniably racist comments?
Can you put yourself in the shoes of someone who has had an abortion? Would you understand the reasons that drove a woman to make such a decision? A group of young people from Kenya recently participated in an experiment designed to help answer those questions. The result? Turns out most of us can suspend judgment and be more empathetic on the subject of abortions when we understand that the women who have the procedure are flesh and blood human beings (just like us) wrestling with a hard decision that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Not convinced? Watch the video for yourself
The Bible says, "do not be unequally yoked." The Quran does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim. Can a couple overcome their religious differences, or is religion too important a factor to get over?
We often think that the longer you last in the sack, the better lover you are. But is this actually true? Or is it a misconception that puts us under unnecessary pressure and stops us from having truly great sex
Despite the need for sex education in schools, Uganda’s powers that be continue to discuss how not to include it. They would rather leave it to exclusively male religious bodies, writes Rebecca Rwakabukoza
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.
Within the bill of rights of the Constitution of South Africa there is a section which outlines a set of separate, additional rights for children. Section 28 provides a stronger set of rights for children than for adults, including the right for a child not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, recently explored in the Constitutional Court judgement in the Radhuva case. Are children in South Africa being held in adult prisons for too long and are they being rehabilitated?
Whatever happened to African countries looking out for each other? Some Africans love talking up the existence of a vast Western conspiracy to loot the continent by fueling ethnic conflicts. Turns out African countries are just as good at that game themselves. A new explosive report by watchdog group The Sentry, has revealed how Kenya and Uganda have for years looked the other way as South Sudan’s leaders have stashed billions of stolen wealth in their banks and real state markets, all the while spilling the blood of innocents back home. If President Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and their generals, all have blood on their hands (which they do), then so do Kenya and Uganda for taking their money
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.
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.
The Black Feminisms Forum (BFF) is scheduled to take place in early September this year in Salvador, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Association for Women’s Rights in Development Forum. It will bring together Black feminists from different communities and contexts across the globe to celebrate the contribution of Black feminisms to knowledge, practice and struggles for self-determination and justice, while building solidarity across the boundaries of nation states. In the lead up to this event, This is Africa will be publishing a series of interviews, features and articles about Black Feminisms. In this instalment, Amina Doherty speaks to activists, Caron Gugssa-Howard and Camira Powell about the importance of creating safe spaces for Black feminists, among other things.
The Black Feminisms Forum (BFF) is scheduled to take place in early September this year in Salvador, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Association for Women’s Rights in Development forum. It will bring together Black feminists from different communities and contexts across the globe to celebrate the contribution of Black feminisms to knowledge, practice and struggles for self-determination and justice, while building solidarity across the boundaries of nation-states. In the lead up to this historic event, This is Africa will be publishing a series of interviews, features and articles about Black Feminisms. First up, Maggie Mapondera sits down with renowned activist, scholar and thinker Gay J McDougall, a member of the BFF’s Working Group, to talk about the struggles faced by women of African descent the world over.
Kenya’s Oscar Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has proven that her talents know no bounds after releasing a video clip spitting an impressive freestyle. Is a collaboration with American and our very own African rappers on the way? We certainly hope so.
Nigeria’s Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has appointed a Special Adviser on Street and Traffic Lights, to manage recently installed lights. The appointment has raised eyebrows and continues to be criticised by social media users, seen as unnecessary and wasteful spending.
Donald Trump’s temperament has been compared to that of a stereotypical African strongman. South African comedian Trevor Noah famously quipped that Trump is running to be “America’s first African President”. Safe to say his rise has alarmed quite a number of Americans. Despite his obvious shortcomings, “The Donald” has been trending upwards in the polls. The odds of him winning the presidency In November are now stronger than ever. This possibility has made many Americans - including some famous ones - to contemplate a move to the "mother continent" if Trump takes up residency at the White House. Should African countries open their doors to Americans who want to flee Trump?
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has revealed that African countries are considering pulling out of the United Nations (UN) and African countries will form an alternative body if subsequent requests by the AU to be granted two permanent seats on the UN Security Council continue to be rebuffed.
Africa’s richest man Nigerian entrepreneur Aliko Dangote has revealed that he has what it takes to change the fortunes of English football giants Arsenal. The commodities billionare whose business tentacles extend across Africa says he plans to buy the club in four years. Could Africa’s richest man change the Gunners’ fortunes?
Morocco has formally requested to re-join the African Union (AU), 32 years after it left the bloc. If Morocco is re-admitted, the dispute over Western Sahara will hog the limelight and the issue, which has continued to divide the AU member states will resurface.