I have liquid views about cultural appropriation versus appreciation. By virtue of living in a globalised world we are drawn to original designs as influenced by genuine interest, which is lovely. But, the lines blur when capitalism gains more than the people who give the product its identity and uniqueness
Senai Wolderufael is a former Ethiopian Airlines employee turned entrepreneur. His company, Feed Green Ethiopia, produces and exports Ethiopian spices and dry food items to different parts of the world.
“The exhibition Eroticism and Intimacy: Faces, Places, and Paths seeks to confront the gap in the discourse on African women on the historic worldwide celebration. Co-curated by Violet Nantume, Peter Genza, and Serubiri Moses, the show opened on 8th March in Kampala, comprising 20 artists from 5 countries, and
explores the question of intimacy and erotic desire. Further, the exhibition proposes that African women can be emancipated, not only on world stages, but in sexual relations and intimate encounters.”
Virginity is essentially a social construct which defines sex in very narrow ways and in this way provides an avenue for the policing, demonization and shaming women’s bodies. The incredible, often ridiculous, worth attached to a woman’s virginity, as well as sexuality, has derailed the general progress of womanhood.
Not a year goes by without horrific stories about newborns found in garbage dumps or abandoned in a pit latrine circulating in the media. An estimated 21.6 million women worldwide, 18.5 million of which are in developing countries, subject themselves to unsafe abortions each year.
It’s hard to claim that South Sudanese culture is Arab or African in a globalized world where it’s very difficult to claim cultural uniqueness as a group, let alone a group such as South Sudan which blended with the North for more than a decade. Deng Aling weighs in on this contentious identity discussion.
The Ndebele people of South Africa are part of the Nguni tribes. They have some of the most beautiful adornment pieces, and they have also managed to preserve their colourful traditional style of house painting for many generations.
A group of Sackcloth people stay in Cape Town. They are also known as the Sakmanne, and they branched out of the Rastafarian culture. They walk bare footed, they are strictly vegetarian and they do not believe in material possessions. The group in Cape Town has about 100 members. Other Sackcloth groups are in other parts of South Africa’s Western Cape, and also in the Northern and Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Malawi’s decision to drop the case against Ken Msonda, who described homosexual people as “worse than dogs” and urged citizens to kill homosexuals has raised concern. The UN says the discontinuance of the trial could stoke anti-gay sentiment and incitement to murder.