Egyptian human rights advocate, Yara Sallam, stood up to be counted when Egypt’s revolution was in full tilt and paid the price for it: fifteen months in prison. The prison spell did nothing to diminish her resolve and since her release last year, the outspoken activist has shown no signs of backing down from the fight to ensure that the powers that be uphold the human rights of every Egyptian. This Is Africa’s Nancy Onyango caught up with Sallam on the sidelines of the recently concluded Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) forum in Brazil. She opened up about why some North Africans don’t feel “African,” her experience behind bars and why she thinks Egypt’s revolution is far from over.
Amina Doherty is an African-Caribbean feminist and women’s rights advocate. Her work is centered on raising awareness for social justice through movement-building and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Her work takes many forms: art exhibitions, community programmes, cultural events and grant-making initiatives. She is committed to promoting justice and working towards social change through the intersection of art, culture and activism. Nancy Onyango caught up with her on the sidelines of the Black Feminisms Forum (BFF), held in Bahia, Brazil in September 2016 ahead of the 13th Association for Women’s Rights in Development forum. They talked about what it means to be a feminist, collective self-care and the importance of listening to each other’s struggles.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah caught up with Kobby Graham, a DJ, academic and writer popularly known as the Funky Professor.
A Namibian Grade 12 learner Simon Petrus who recently made headlines after he invented a sim-free mobile phone, which makes free calls using radio frequencies has been offered a tertiary education scholarship for a technology degree of his choice by the country’s telecoms operator MTC.
Today, the 2016 Paralympic games will be officially unveiled in Brazil’s coastal city of Rio de Janeiro. The opening ceremony will be hosted at Rio’s majestic Maracana Stadium, which also introduced last month’s Olympic Opening Ceremony. African countries have fared relatively well at previous Paralympics, and there is hope that the 43 countries will do us proud. We look at Africa’s top 10 Paralympics medal list.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has landed in Nairobi to meet Kenya’s entrepreneurs and developers. The Internet entrepreneur announced his arrival on his Facebook page, and says he hopes “to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader”.
One political party in Zambia is championing the legalisation of marijuana. Naturally, it is the Green Party. It might be the only party contesting the Zambian election to have an ideology. Charles Mafa sat down with party leader Peter Sinkamba to talk about weed, the economy and the environment. This is an edited interview.
The Olympic Games are a global spectacle, the world’s most exciting multi-sport event. Africa, though, has underachieved at the Olympics, although this time around in Rio de Janeiro, there is new hope that the continent can finally start to make its mark in other disciplines other than distance running – where Kenya and Ethiopia have hauled a respectable number of medals. Enock Muchinjo previews the Games with African lenses.
A Namibian Grade 12 learner Simon Petrus is making waves after he invented a mobile phone, with no sim-card, which uses radio signals and doesn’t require airtime to make calls.