Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba and South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe win 2019 Writivism Prizes
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Arts and Culture Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba and South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe win 2019 Writivism Prizes

Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba walked away with the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction for her story, “Valley of Memories,” while South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe won the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize for her story, “Maserumo”. We congratulate Frances Ogamba and Resoketswe Manenzhe.

Apartheid flag falls as Equality Court’s rules it’s now illegal to publicly display the flag in South Africa
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Politics and Society Apartheid flag falls as Equality Court’s rules it’s now illegal to publicly display the flag in South Africa

In a landmark ruling South Africa’s Equality Court has ruled that it’s now illegal to publicly display the apartheid flag in South Africa. The court ruled that displaying the apartheid flag constitutes hate speech. The historic ruling, which come 25 years after the racist apartheid regime was ended has been widely hailed by civic groups and members of the public on social media.

Former Nigerian Deputy Senator, Ike Ekweremadu beaten in Germany by Nigerians
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Politics and Society Former Nigerian Deputy Senator, Ike Ekweremadu beaten in Germany by Nigerians

In Australia and Britain, lawmakers have been egged for making unpopular statements. In many parts of Africa, lawmakers move freely in convoys while the masses suffer. Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu however received an unusual welcome at Nuremberg, Germany when he was beaten and chased away from an event to mark the New Yam festival.

Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu’s book on Obama’s Summer Reading List
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Arts and Culture Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu’s book on Obama’s Summer Reading List

Former U.S President Barack Obama has shared his annual summer reading list, which includes How to Read the Air, a book by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The list includes seminal works by various celebrated writers including Toni Morrison, Téa Obreht, Colson Whitehead, Ted Chiang, Haruki Murakami, and Hilary Mantel.

Nigerian women’s battle against rape, sexual harassment and religion
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Politics and Society Nigerian women’s battle against rape, sexual harassment and religion

The Nigerian Church is one of the most oppressive institution in the country. Its victims are mostly women and the poor. These past few weeks, the #MeToo movement knocked on the doors of the Church and the response has not been so favourable. Nigerian women still have a huge fight on their hands as they mark small victories, punctuated by huge steps backwards.