The portrayal of Africa in the Black Panther is appealing and deeply satisfying to view. It is a portrayal of Africa that is hungered for, especially by ancestrally orphaned African Americans. But at the same time, it raises questions alert black viewers would be doing themselves a disservice to avoid posing.
The repatriation of African artifacts is important because a scarcity of artistic treasures results in a huge loss to the economies of African countries. It also contributes to a loss of national and personal identity. Some world leaders, like French president Emmanuel Macron, realise this and are hoping to rectify the void created by the looting of African treasures.
Plant - or herb-based treatments have been a key part of the continent’s traditional medicinal practices for thousands of years. But there are challenges. These include the fact that many consumers automatically assume “natural equals safe”.
There are so many grooming options open to women today – from a landing strip to a bald Brazilian to covering your vagina in sparkles. Making the vagina look and smell ‘aesthetically pleasing’ – like ensuring it smells of guavas – is a billion-dollar industry. But women – and only women – should be in charge of what their lady parts look like.
We all enjoy sex but we don’t really talk about it – one reason that the topic of sextech is so emotionally charged. Artificial intelligence has boldly entered the global (and, more recently, the African) sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic sextech designed to provide sexual gratification that is eerily almost human.
The impression that Intimate partner violence (IPV) only occurs in heterosexual relationships where the man is stereotypically the aggressor is a false and dated idea. Lesbian women can, in fact, be perpetrators and victims of this form of violence.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission recently revealed that 60 percent of the more than 5 million registered voters are aged between 18 and 40. Takura Zhangazha weighs in on the significance of the figure in the upcoming election.
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!”
The Arterial Network recently launched an ambitious programme that aims to create social change through cultural action and cultural policy in four African cities. Sophia Olivia Sanan spoke to five of the organisation’s members to find out more.
Gabriella Mogale’s innovation won gold at the 2017 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Mogale, a (Grade 11 in 2017) learner at Collegiate Girls' High School designed a way to insulate shacks and make them fire resistant. Her project was inspired by the fires that ravaged through Knysna, in South Africa last year.
The male pill could be on the horizon after early trials showed a once-daily tablet was safe and appeared to work, according to researchers. This pill will relieve the pressure on women, who currently bear the responsibility of birth control
We continue celebrating the achievements of women this month. The recent appointment of Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa is surely a remarkable achievement worth celebrating. We wish her all the best in her new position.
Luminaries such as Chimamanda Adichie are given a free pass with honorary degrees. Universities award these ornamental degrees and allow recipients to bypass all of the usual requirements, so they can financially and publicly hitch a ride on their rising stars.
Do you remember the Ghanaian teacher Owura Kwadwo whose image went viral some weeks back? Many good things have been happening to him and his students. The school has received desktop computers, laptops, ICT books. Kwadwo recently attended the Microsoft Global Education Exchange Summit in Singapore.
Can Africa halt the flight of its best resource: its people
Vimbai B Chinembiri on February 6, 2017 — One the greatest challenges facing Africa today is migration. Among the major causes of voluntary movements of populations between national and International borders in recent years is the growing disparities in development globally. Can Africa halt the flight of its best resource: its people.
File picture: Migrants from African origin rest in a room at the Interior ministry’s al-Nasr housing center for illegal immigrants on August 31, 2016 in the port city of Zawiyah, located some 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli.
Thousands of migrants are “racing against the clock” to make the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe before summer ends, with authorities in the conflict-torn country at a loss to stem the flow. Photo: AFP/MAHMUD TURKIA
One the greatest challenges facing Africa today is migration. Among the major causes of voluntary movements of populations between national and International borders in recent years is the growing disparities in development globally. The United Nations (UN) reports that, the number of international migrants, people living in a country other than where they were born, reached 244 million in 2015 globally, a 41 per cent increase compared to 2000.
According to Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, “Well-managed migration brings important benefits to countries of origin and destination, as well as to migrants and their families”. However, many of our brothers and sisters risk death while attempting to move abroad.
While poverty, search for better educational opportunities and political instability are driving forces for people leaving the continent, analysts argue that besides these factors, there’s a long held mentality that life is better abroad, blinding many to the possible opportunities at home.
There is no doubt that several lives have been improved by moving abroad and economically viable countries within the African continent. There are other lives that have been lost through illegal border movements and harsh living conditions in the ‘land of paradise’.
What can African governments do to retain their own people and ensure staying within their national borders becomes as appealing as other stable foreign nations? Is it possible for Africans to stay at ‘home’?