Islam is sacrosanct in Northern Nigeria. Suffice to say that denouncing the religion can come with dire consequences. It’s just not something you do. Last year, a young man named Mubarak Bala from Kano bravely did just that. He announced he was an atheist and humanist, and rejected Islam. This came with serious consequences, including alienation from family and friends, physical assaults and death threats. It’s been over a year since this happened and TIA wanted to speak to Mubarak to hear what he had to say and to see how he was doing.
Culture can be defined as a continuous process of change that gives a community a sense of identity, dignity, continuity, security
and that binds it together. It includes beliefs, art, morals, law, customs and any other capabilities and habits acquired by its people. Traditional values, on the other hand, are attitudes, beliefs and actions that are standards of behaviours by which society expects its members to abide. They guide human behaviour in interpersonal, group and intergroup communications and relationships. Cultural and traditional values influence spheres of social activity such as family life, health, education, wealth distribution, politics and government. In Africa, as elsewhere, values are dynamic and continuously interact with their internal and external environment.
A group of religious sisters that goes to extreme measures to fight human trafficking is looking to expand its activities to 40 countries
Many of us believe talking about sex should be saved for drinks with the boys or get togethers with the girls. But more people, especially women, need to talk openly about ideas of pleasure.
Roughly a week ago, hundreds of African-Brazilian men and women took to the streets to protest against the injustices faced by people of African descent in their country, while exhibiting the diverse beauty of women of colour by showing their curly hair
A US woman, Rachel Dolezal who made headlines early this year after her parents exposed her for pretending to be black has finally admitted that she was ‘biologically born white, to white parents’
Phindile Sithole-Spong was born with HIV but only found out at age 19 when she ‘was diagnosed with full-blown Aids’. She speaks about her organisation, Rebranding HIV, working to fight stigma and discrimination
The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.
Two months ago, five albino children from Tanzania were in the US to receive free surgery and prosthetic limbs after being disjointed in brutal, witchcraft-related attacks in their home country. Here is a poignant series of photographs showing different stages of their poignant journey towards healing