Ethiopia’s Imperial Palace opened to the public after more than a century
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Arts and Culture Ethiopia’s Imperial Palace opened to the public after more than a century

Ethiopia’s 40-acre Imperial Palace compound that has housed the country’s leaders and the troops for over a century has remained shrouded from the public since its establishment in 1887 by Emperor Menelik II. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has however finally opened a portion of the compound to the public as a symbol of coming together and boost tourism.

Uganda adamant to pass death penalty bill for homosexuality
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Politics and Society Uganda adamant to pass death penalty bill for homosexuality

The Ugandan government is re-introducing the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. The punitive bill that was nullified in 2014 by the country’s Constitutional Court imposes the death penalty for persons found in breach. A government official said the ‘current penal law is limited’ and ‘those that do grave acts’ should be ‘given the death sentence’.

Lupita Nyong’o says ‘Colourism is the daughter of racism’
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Lifestyle Lupita Nyong’o says ‘Colourism is the daughter of racism’

Colourism is not peculiar to the African American community or other black communities in predominantly white spaces. It can also ironically be found firmly on the continent where the population is almost predominately black and brown. Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o weighed in on the issue and her experiences on colourism.

Baby factories are a new avenue for illegal adoption and human trafficking
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Politics and Society Baby factories are a new avenue for illegal adoption and human trafficking

Infant commodification and human trafficking are on the rise in many African countries. One avenue for human trafficking of this kind are ‘baby factories’ where women of childbearing-age are forced into pregnancy for purposes of selling their children. This type of internment subjects the mother and the child to unspeakable trauma, violence and abuse.