Travelling helps to broaden horizons and change ingrained perceptions which makes it a necessary endeavour for the liberated African youth. Jessica Nabongo is showing the world what African tourism and digital nomad-ism looks like. She is "on a mission to become the first black woman to travel to all of the countries in the world".
Egypt and Ethiopia are at odds over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a US$4 billion hydroelectric project that may reduce the Nile water that feeds into Egyptian fields and reservoirs from Ethiopia’s highlands and via Sudan.
The recently concluded week-long AfrikaBurn festival, an annual event for the past decade, has been described as one of Africa's most unique, unusual and mind-blowing festivals – even when it lacks African influence and black participation
Violence and stigma aimed at people with albinism is widespread. South African doll makers are creating dolls that resemble girls living with albinism to give them representation and help dispel stereotypes.
In an interview with the American cable-television network CNN’s Christine Amanpour, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has firmly reiterated that he will continue to uphold Kenyan laws criminalising same-sex relationships. "[T]hose laws are 100% supported by 99% of the Kenyan people, regardless of where they come from,” Kenyatta said.
The medicinal plants that chimpanzees feed on in the wild could hold the key in dealing with common diseases. Africa has its own store of medicinal plants, such as those used in Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Scientists are finding new ways to exploit these plants for medicinal purposes.
Fatou Kandé Senghor is a Senegalese artist and filmmaker. She talks about the pan-African icons of her youth, the icons of Senegalese society, and the difficulties of passing on their lessons to her daughters in the digitalised and globalised 21st century.
Mũkoma wa Ngũgi explores a redefinition of what ‘icon’ means in the African context, the unearthing of names that are all too often forgotten, the invisibility of female icons in our historical narratives, and the nature and role of the diaspora in our cultural, political and economic production
UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee has one of those CVs that will blow you away. Sneak a peek at his Twitter bio and you will see what we are talking about. Ex Indian Special Forces. Ex Red Cross. Princeton alumnus. And a presiding don of the opinion pages at Huffington Post and Reuters. We’re sure you see what we are talking about. He’s a man worth paying attention to. We’re glad he recently spared a few minutes to sit down for an interview with Dr Diana Wangari who brings us the scoop.
Good career advice is hard to come by. Fortunately for all of us, Dr Jacqueline M. Applegate, the subject of a new interview on This Is Africa has it in spades. “In order to excel in your career, my advice is to be 100% committed to figuring out how to make your dreams a reality. Take the cards you’ve been dealt, play your hand well, and enjoy the journey!”
Popular Zambian musician Chama Fumba, known by his stage name Pilato, who had fled Zambia and sought the help of Amnesty International to obtain asylum in South Africa after speaking out on corruption in his country, returned only to be arrested at Lusaka airport
Authorities in Tanzania recently arrested five pregnant schoolgirls and their parents on the directives of a local district commissioner, reinforcing the President's schoolgirl pregnancy ban. In Sierra Leone a U.S. based organisation, Equality Now (EN), and its partners are challenging a government ban on pregnant schoolgirls returning to the classroom after delivery.
Nigeria's anti-corruption body has been criticised by the public for its perceived soft stance on political actors. Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka recently addressed the 8th Commonwealth Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies, and urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to arrest corrupt leaders.
May 17th is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and this year the global theme is “Alliances for Solidarity”. The theme aims to strengthen alliances towards the LGBTQI+ community so as to ensure safety, lobby for legal change, and/or campaign to change the hearts and minds of the masses.