Meet Simukai Chigudu: The newest departmental Lecturer at Oxford Department of International Development
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Africans rising Meet Simukai Chigudu: The newest departmental Lecturer at Oxford Department of International Development

Today we celebrate the academic excellency of Simukai Chigudu, a Zimbabwean scholar who has just been appointed Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development even before submitting his final thesis. Chigudu started out in Oxford by doing an MSc African Studies, before progressing to a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in International Development. Hats off to the African trailblazer.

Borrow do not steal: Louis Vuitton strikes again this time leaving behind the Maasai shuka for the Basotho blanket
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Lifestyle Borrow do not steal: Louis Vuitton strikes again this time leaving behind the Maasai shuka for the Basotho blanket

Louis Vuitton has again met with criticism this time from South Africans, after turning the culturally significant Basotho blanket, into the latest fashion trend for men. For the Basotho, the blanket signifies a sacred ritual and normally does not go for more the R1,000 ($77) much less than the Louis Vuitton hefty price tag of R33, 000 ($2,553).

Period Poverty: Can African countries supply free sanitary products?
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Lifestyle Period Poverty: Can African countries supply free sanitary products?

The Scottish Government will hand out free sanitary products to those in need as part of a pilot project in Aberdeen in what is essentially the first national government-sponsored effort of its type. Several African countries are on the path to establishing sanitary dignity by providing free sanitary products to low income girls and women. However, there is need for a comprehensive policy framework to tackle the availability of the products and the lack of education and sanitation infrastructure.

“Sex is a choice and menstruation is not”: There is no dignity in education without proper sanitation
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Politics and Society “Sex is a choice and menstruation is not”: There is no dignity in education without proper sanitation

South Africa held a consultative Indaba on The Draft National Policy Framework on Sanitary Dignity that looks to provide free sanitary towels for young women and girls. In South Africa having a period is an expense that many cannot afford, and millions of girls miss school each month due to lack of sanitary pads.

Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic Africa novel “Who Fears Death” has been optioned by HBO
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Arts, Culture and Sport Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic Africa novel “Who Fears Death” has been optioned by HBO

Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor is a writer of color joining the blockbuster fantasy franchises as HBO is developing a series adaptation of her post-apocalyptic Africa novel “Who Fears Death”. We look forward to the addition of an African voice and perspective to the blockbuster fantasy franchises.

Abortion caregivers and companions: The age of the full spectrum doula is here
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Lifestyle Abortion caregivers and companions: The age of the full spectrum doula is here

We have a secret in our culture, it’s not that birth is painful it is merely that women are strong. The belief that women are strong also applies even to abortion, and women who choose to have an abortion might just need a doula too just as other women who get emotional support from doulas during childbirth. An abortion doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support to people choosing to have an abortion.