To spectators, Tanzania’s preference for Swahili over English may seem like a sign of liberation from colonial influence. But is that how we feel? In the era of globalisation, is Swahili crucial to our identity or does it isolate us from the rest of the world?
Are African women between a rock and a hard place when it comes to feminism and bodily adornment? One African female writer explores what it means to be fierce, fly AND feminist.
If you’ve ever told a black beauty she’s “pretty for a dark skinned woman”, or even unknowingly said something offensive, this is for you
South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day on 9th August, but the country’s government needs to do a lot more in the battle against gender inequality. A look at some of the factors hindering the levelling of the playing field
Several Zimbabweans in recent years have been beaten or lost lives over lobola (bride price), and some people are calling for the ban of this traditional but still widely practiced custom.
Many critics have questioned the authenticity of Algeria’s “African-ness”. This is part of a greater malaise which unfortunately is becoming more apparent in African international relations. Here we revisit the history Pan-Africanism in relation to Algeria.
“All you wear is ‘Native’?” “You don’t wear ‘regular’ clothes?” “Why don’t you wear English clothing?” I wear African attire all the time and these are questions I’m asked in Lagos, Nigeria, where men wear English suits with neckties in the blazing sun. Why?
The sex toy trade is blossoming across the continent as people become increasingly relaxed with the idea of buying them, but except in rare cases, governments are behind the times, and out of step with the desires of the people.