Nigeria is making a concerted effort to promote the use and study of its indigenous languages in elementary schools as a way of preserving the country’s rich and diverse tapestry of tongues. A policy has been introduced that allows primary school pupils to receive elementary education in the language of their immediate community.
Peju Alatise is one of Nigeria’s leading visual artists. Her works were showcased at the 57th Venice Biennale where for the first time the Nigerian Pavilion was in place. Alatise’s works have been said to be “filled with strong societal narratives on the realities of life in Africa.” She recently won the FNB Art Prize.
There is a demand for the return of stolen artefacts to the continent. Over 3,000 bronze statues were stolen from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ovọnramwẹn Nọgbaisi after the British invaded Benin Kingdom and killed its inhabitants by sending a punitive force of 1,200 soldiers.
Art has always been a part Munya Chidakwa’s life. He says it is way of trying to understand the world and is the medium he uses to communicate what’s inside of him. A son to a former Minister in Zimbabwe, Munya has known struggle and triumph- sleeping at a cemetery at one point and travelling the world to feed his passion. Meet Munya.
African writers in the diaspora have consistently garnered awards for their works, telling stories that are beautiful and touching. Yaa Gyasi, a Ghanaian born writer recently won the American Book Awards for her novel Homegoing.
The build up to the release of JAY-Z’s 13th Studio album, 4:44, gave fans very little idea on what’s to come. The newest teaser featuring Lupita Nyong’o is an emotional prelude to a powerful visual of the bonus track.
Multi-award winning film Kati Kati described as “vibrant and exciting… A condensed version of Lost” is now streaming on Showmax
Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Zimbabwe, hosted the Matobo Heritage Festival, an unforgettable music, dance and drumming experience in the Matobo Hills. Today we bring you some of the pictures taken by This is Africa during the festival.
Iconic U.S singer Rihanna’s charity organisation Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with a Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo to help improve and promote access to education for girls in Malawi. Thousands of girls in Malawi have to trek for hundreds of kilometres to attend school, and the initiative will benefit hundreds of girls.