For the LGBTQI+ community on the African continent, pride seems a faraway frivolity that they may never experience. Not only is the notion of ‘pride’ something they battle with internally due to society’s negative perceptions but a public celebration of their sexuality would be a dangerous endeavour in many African countries.
Most African staple foods are plant based yet the notion of being a non-meat eater is deemed “un-African”, “bourgeois” or “finicky” by many. If you are thinking of making the change, here are some of the things you can expect as a new vegetarian in an African city.
Ivorian hair artist, Laetitia Ky has used her hair to speak out on rape, sexual assault and harassment. She shaped her hair to speak on the #MeToo movement. Her hair portrayed a man lifting the skirt of a woman. Laetitia's poignant expressions are when she uses her hair to highlight women rights issues.
Africa has a history of sympathising with Palestine in the controversial Israel-Palestine conflict due to Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and its parallels with apartheid and colonialism. This is why states that supported the United States embassy relocation to Jerusalem came under attack from their African counterparts
Sex and pleasure are often so much more than what cis-heteronormativity and even homonormativity teaches. Kgothatso Motshele explores how we can look at our bodies and pleasure through a different lens.
In this open and honest conversation with two women Bel South explores the various faces and forms of queer love from the experiences of two women, and interrogates their subjective realities, living and loving in South Africa.
Black women across gender lines are pushing back against the gaze of patriarchy, policing and respectability by owning their bodies and exploring pleasure on their own terms. Ntombizikhona Valela explores how women are defining for themselves a pleasure aesthetic that centres on their humanity and reclaiming ownership of their bodies.
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.
The case of pleasure and sex in Northern Nigeria is not a matter of forced conservatism or a robotic followership to a certain doctrine. It is an in-built self-censorship mechanism, and the people are comfortable with it as a way of life.
51 years ago, the federal government of Nigeria engaged in a bloody civil war with the secessionist Republic of Biafra. In this exclusive interview with This is Africa, Christopher Ejiofor, a former top military adviser during the war recalls the bitter memories of the war and how they lost everything. He talks about how the British colonial set-up caused the war and the current agitation by the Indigenous Republic of Biafra
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.
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.
Cartoon Network Africa has launched a new initiative called “Creative Lab” to solicit local short-form animated content for and from people living in Africa. The initiative is specifically looking for creators, writers, graphic artists and animation students to help produce these new projects.
Morocco's fifth World Cup bid crashed spectacularly after it lost to the North American trio of US, Mexico and Canada. 11 African countries voted against Morocco. Namibia was unequivocal, clearly stating it voted against Morocco because of its occupation of the Sahrawi Republic. Morocco might have rejoined the African Union, but many Africans still don't think its loyalty lies in Africa.
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.
Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips
This Is Africa on May 18, 2017 — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.
African presidents and foreign medical trips. Cartoon: Damien Glez