While the rest of the world is nervous and choosing to take an emotional position on matters of forced migration and refugees, sometimes closing their doors in the face of people who are running from persecution, Uganda’s refugee policy and practice continues to be liberal, with an open door to all asylum seekers, writes Arthur Matsiko
In Zambia’s endless cycle of elections, the distance between musicians and politicians has shrunk. This has resulted in rather bizarre presidential decisions, prisoners being sprung from jail, danceable songs and so much more.
Women are known for their ability to shoulder responsibilities in their homes; those same traits that enable them to do so can be used to participate in nation building. I’m not going to list what makes women so resilient; instead, I’ll discuss how some traits can affect the community in both negative and positive ways, says Athiek Abraham.
Recently Malawi president Peter Mutharika invited ridicule when he urged starving Malawians to eat mice to stave off hunger. He has been president for over two years now in a country which, with a Gross National Income of $250 per year per capita, makes it the poorest in the world. Perhaps the indifferent start to his presidency is because he is still settling into what must be the toughest job on the continent.
Is there something that artists should or shouldn’t be doing? And are we, the public, who are the consumers of art, the ones to decide what that is? It is in this context that Kgabo Chuene interrogates responses to Ayanda Mabulu’s controversial work.
If a woman who is generally conscious of her health and has no underlying medical issues decides to have a child in her thirties, she should be just fine. It is unfair that throughout their lives, women are guilted or manipulated into major life decisions. The clock runs out when we reach menopause, not at 30 or 35
In Africa and elsewhere, men earn considerably more than women do. However, women are steadily becoming the primary breadwinners in their homes as more corporations diversify and jobs that used to be exclusively for men are made available to women too. That begs the question: Is the world ready for high-earning women?
With Oscar Pistorius sentenced and behind bars, we wonder how much justice was really dispensed, given the short period he will serve, his skin colour and his gender? The current round of sentences being dispensed to white men seems to show that Lady Justice is not quite as colour-blind as she may think she is.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement in Kenya has suffered a significant setback following a recent ruling upholding the use of anal examinations to 'prove' homosexuality. Alexis Teyie reflects on the irrationality of anal testing and the implications of the court's decision.
Writer Enajite Efemuaye spends time talking to two girls who have been placed in a shelter for survivors of sexual violence in Lagos, Nigeria, and finds hope springing in the most unlikeliest of places.
With the recently concluded 27th African Union Assembly themed around human rights, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue that universal access to education is a crucial step towards empowering citizens on the continent.
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi write that the terms of the deal present Africa with an opportunity for long-term sustainable economic growth.
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.
At the age of 25, Panashe Chigumadzi is one of the most prominent intellectual voices in South Africa. Born to Zimbabwean parents, she is currently a Ruth First fellow at the University of Witwatersrand. She is the founder of Vanguard magazine and is part of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. She worked for the Africa Business News Group as a reporter for CNBC and as a columnist for Forbes Woman Africa. In September 2015, her widely acclaimed debut novel, Sweet Medicine, was published by Blackbird Books. TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire caught up with Panashe to talk about writing, activism and the importance of black-owned media spaces.
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.
Malawi is planning to legislate tough laws against harmful cultural practices, which target women and young girls in the wake of the arrest of an HIV-positive man, who confessed to having sex with pubertal children as part of initiation rites. Eric Aniva, was arrested on President Peter Mutharika’s orders, and Mutharika announced the country is planning a major crackdown on such practices.
Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana has been missing for more than a week now. He is believed to have been kidnapped by state agents. His present whereabouts are unknown. President Pierre Nkurunziza nurses a grievance against Bigirimana’s employer Iwacu newspaper. The government accuses the independent newspaper’s director, Antoine Kaburahe, of taking part in last year’s failed coup. Bigirimana’s family, friends and colleagues now fear for the worst
The United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan has revealed harrowing reports of sexual violence, rape and gang rape, by uniformed soldiers and men in plain clothes against civilians, including minors, in Juba. The disturbing revelations follow the resumption of violence in Juba, which has already claimed at least 300 lives.
The Namibian government is set to relax its visa policy with plans to introduce visa-on-arrival for African citizens, in preparation of ultimately scrapping off visa requirements the President Hage Geingob announced. Namibia recently scrapped off visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders, as the country begins implementing exemptions, which encourage the free movement of African citizens.
The chickens are coming home to roost for embattled Congolese rhumba musician Koffi Olomide, who has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for assaulting one of his dancers in Kenya last week. Social media is certainly loving the swift sentencing. Olomide is however contesting his arrest, calling on his fans to stand in solidarity with him under the hashtag “#JeSuisKoffiOlomide. What’s your take on the judgement?
Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has had rotten luck lately and things aren’t looking they are about to change. Days after his concert in Nairobi, Kenya was cancelled and his swift deportation from the East African country, he’s now been arrested in Kinshasa, Congo to face assault charges. Images of the popular singer in handcuffs and being manhandled by officers are currently doing the rounds on social media. Its been enough to make some of his fans to say “let the man be”. So is this what justice looks like or are authorities being too hard on Olomide?