Former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has stirred up a hornet’s nest with a provocative Twitter post questioning why South African, and African women wear Brazilian or Indian hair. “Black consciousness is required on the Hair Question. Why this foreign Hair?” he asked.
Mauritius has been ranked in the top 20 of the world’s most peaceful countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI). In the 12th edition of the Index, Mauritius was ranked number 20 out of 163 countries. On the continent Botswana came second, and ranked 29 globally. Sierra Leone was ranked (35), Madagascar (38), Ghana (41), Namibia (43), Malawi (44) and Zambia (48) respectively on the Global Index.
Today we celebrate the Day of the African Child with our selection of 10 young adults and children doing remarkable work across the continent.
A 5 year-old girl, Ramata Diarra was decapitated last month in a suspected ritual murder for her body parts in Mali. The Salif Keita Global Foundation published this emotional poem of the girl “speaking” from the grave, asking for justice, and protection of people with albinism.
Today we celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day with the global theme “shining our light to the world”. People with albinism continue to face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. “The battle continues, but we are gaining ground,” UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism Ikponwosa Ero said.
What does being a non-monogamous, bisexual woman living in Ghana mean? How do I live out my love life? One woman honestly shares her experiences in this philosophical exploration of what love is, what it can be, how it can be felt or expressed outside the norms of what love has been made to be.
An ongoing visual sex and sexualities documentation project which came about because of a lack of positive, empowered and diverse images of African women, sex and sexualities.
Warning: article contains nudity. Black women’s bodies have been sites for the world’s battles for so long that we have forgotten how to imagine them as sites of pleasure; a space where we can own it rather than give it away.
Let’s Talk About Sex, Pleasure and Desire: In the series, This is Africa explores the expansive topics of sex, sexual pleasure, sexual satisfaction, and intimacy in the African context of cultural and religious conservatism, and gendered power inequality.