Breast ironing, a traditional practice commonly done in Cameroon, is the use of hard or heated objects like a wooden pestle or scalding grinding stones to stop or slow the development of breasts in young girls, supposedly to “protect them from sexual harassment, rape and early pregnancy”.
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.
“A large chair does not make a king.” This African proverb tells us one thing: The Paris Climate Change Agreement, now ratified by 44 countries on the continent, must amount to more than promises, says Dr Richard Munang.
There is an ongoing culture of killing twins and other infants in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils. Christian missionary Steven Olusola Ajayi and his wife Chinwe opened the Vine Heritage Home to shelter children deemed “evil” by their communities.
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!”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told her #MeToo story this week during the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. In her closing keynote speech, Adichie spoke of how she was sexually harassed when she was a 17 year-old. Adichie was one of the 600 gender equality actors who participated in the Stockholm Forum.
Vusi Mahlasela, popularly called "The Voice of South Africa," who was set to be conferred with a honorary doctorate by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for his contribution to society through his music could not receive his award this week due to illness. The university said it hopes the musician will be well enough to receive the degree at its spring graduation ceremony in September, 2018.
Poaching is a blight that has robbed future generations of several species already, including the northern white rhino, of which only two females remain. Tanzania is now using proactive measures such as satellite collaring to save its drastically thinning elephant population
Julius Malema, the leader of the South African political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), inspired a Twitter hashtag #JuliusMalemaChallenge following his speech at the Mother of the Nation’s funeral. He hit out at people and groups who, according to him, had betrayed her in life but extolled her in death.
France might be facing one of its because challenges on sovereignty after its officials expelled migrants from the Department of Mayotte into Comoros. The Comorian government blocked entry of the migrants into the country. Comoros is claiming sovereignty of Mayotte and protests have been rocking the capital, Moroni.
East Africa faces a humanitarian crisis as drought grips region
This Is Africa on March 14, 2017 — The east African region is facing a humanitarian crisis. Citizens from various countries face hunger and starvation due to the ongoing drought, and there are concerns that the situation could deteriorate if humanitarian assistance to avert the crisis delays. The United Nations estimates that close to 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. The countries include hard-hit by the crisis include Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Urgent assistance is required to avert this crisis and various humanitarian organisations including World Vision are raising funds to provide desperately and urgent life-saving supplies to the most vulnerable children, including water, food and basic medical supplies.
East Africa faces a humanitarian crisis as drought grips regions.Cartoon: Damein Glez