The issue of children wearing the hijab in public schools has been the subject of litigation in the state of Lagos for some time. Although the case is still in contention, the state has ordered schools to immediately permit the use of the hijab.
Denmark’s minister of development, Ulla Tornaes, is withholding US$9.8 million in aid to Tanzania and postponing a planned trip to the country over "unacceptable homophobic comments" by a senior Tanzanian politician.
How important are television commercials in shaping the society, to debunk or entrench stereotypes? Maggi's latest commercial has been the topic of debate in Nigeria, with many referring to the commercial as being misogynistic.
Fleeing forced marriage and in pursuit of an education, Kafia Mahdi left Somalia. After almost a year, she crossed from Serbia into Hungary where she has remained under protected status. It is in Hungary that the 19-year-old’s transformation from child refugee to fashion star has occurred.
Most women who opt for sex toys prefer vibrators above all the other options available to them for self-pleasure. Vibrators are used for clitoral stimulation yet – absurdly – they are designed to resemble phalluses.
Pegging is not high on heterosexual couples’ list of things to do in bed, but maybe it should be. The act of trying something new and subverting gender roles in the sack can lead to increased pleasure and healthy conversations for both parties.
Hook-up culture, whether we acknowledge it or not, is prevalent. People are having casual sex all the time, yet there seems to be a lack of common understanding on the rules of engagement. With the help of a group of 30 somethings, we established a few universal dos and don’ts.
How does the black man who is selfish with his body find pleasure? Where does the selfishness come from? Perhaps his destructive kind of ecstasy contributes to the toxic way he relates with other races.
Ghana is the latest African country to support Israel's push to rejoin the African Union as an observer member. Palestine is currently an observer member, and Israel's questionable history with the continent, including installing Idi Amin as president, and other historical legacies could be major obstacles.
Why do African leaders still maintain the colonial structures of the Berlin Conference? It's 134 years since the conference that changed the whole continent. The solution to the problems Africa faces, which stem from the Berlin Conference, is in the hands of Africans.
Celebrated Kenyan writer Ngugi Thiong’o's remarkable novel, Matigari, is being adapted to film by Nollywood Director Kunle Afolayan. The revelation comes at an opportune time when African storytelling in film and dance has gained global prominence in recent years.
Ethnic minority classical dancers had to use paint or foundation make-up to darken the standard-issue pink shoes that were the only option available to them. Now, for the first time on a large scale, ballet shoes will better match the skin colour of black and mixed dancers.
Dr. Nolubabalo Nqebelele has attained a PhD in Nephrology, making her a specialist in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Her achievement makes her the first Black woman to earn a PhD in Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, a top South African college.
Salif Keita the "Golden voice of Africa" has announced his retirement from music after releasing his final album ‘Un Autre Blanc’ or “Another white”. The album is an appeal for the protection of people with albinism and a good precursor to his tribute concert to Ramata Diarra, a 5-year-old girl with albinism, a victim of ritual crime.
China’s massive investment on the continent continues with the opening of Africa’s longest suspension bridge in Maputo, Mozambique. Among other improvements, the 3km-long bridge will reduce travel time between Maputo and KwaZulu-Natal from six hours to 90 minutes. But it comes at a cost to locals.
Counting is under way in Madagascar after millions of people cast their ballots. The voter turnout stands at about 40% and so far no major anomalies have been detected in the polls. However, there have been complaints of voters not finding their names on the list, despite having registered
Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark.
Africa's fifth-largest bridge has been opened in Jinja, the eastern region of Uganda, dubbed "Source of the Nile Bridge". The cable-supported bridge is 525 metres long and is expected to “last for 120 years", according to President Yoweri Museveni.
This Is Africa on October 14, 2016 — Today the world remembers the death and celebrates the legacy of an Africa statesman Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. Mwalimu Nyerere died of leukaemia in London in 1999. We look at some important moments in Baba wa Taifa’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.
Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere addresses the press on 12 November 1976 in Dar Es Salaam. Nyerere is the first Tanzanian President (1962-85). Photo: ANP
Widely known by the Swahili honorific title ‘Mwalimu’ – ‘Teacher’, Julius Nyerere is a true son of Africa, a Pan-Africanist, nationalist, charismatic orator, thinker and African statesman. A proponent of African unity, Mwalimu was also a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Nyerere was also referred to as Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation) campaigned and he led an anti-colonial movement fighting for independence of Tanganyika.
Mwalimu became President of Tanzania after the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, leading the country from 1964 to 1985. Nyerere stepped down as president in 1985 and was succeeded by Ali Hassan Mwinyi, but remained resolute in speaking on fundamental issues on corruption, poverty, and social development.
As we commemorate the legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere, we look at some his pictures.