United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the launch of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Serving on it, alongside Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, is millennial digital equality advocate and lobbyist Nanjira Sambuli
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.
Mozambique locals are probably the only people unsurprised by the discovery of a hidden rainforest inside Mount Lico that has remained hidden and protected by the volcano’s high walls. This is the second undisturbed rainforest that scientists have recently found in Mozambique thanks to Google Earth.
Dating in this day and age can be a total nightmare. With so many ways to connect, it can get very confusing – even more so if you are queer. More and more LGBTQI+ people are using the online space to connect. But how convenient and safe is it really?
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.
The different expressions of pleasure through the African body in colonial and post colonial Africa have been strongly regulated and silenced. Before the disruption that was colonialism, there were traditional spaces, both public and private, that allowed for the discussion of sexual matters and the expression of its pleasure. However, African sexual pleasure and dance are now being reclaimed as powerful forms of communication and expression.
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.
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.
Ethiopian Airlines is ready for business and will resume multiple daily flights to Asmara, Eritrea following a peace deal between the two countries. This beautiful development comes after more than two decades of conflict between the neighbouring countries.
Former U.S President Barack Obama’s reading list, which includes works by African writers and thinkers has been described by Nigerian writer OluTimehin Adegbeye as a travesty. Here are other books from African writers that we recommend to President Obama.
The solely Afrikaner population of Orania town is testing an e-version of their own self-declared Ora currency. According to the president of the Orania Movement, Carel Boshoff IV, the E-Ora gives Orania residents a potential escape from South Africa's rand.
With many Africans celebrating France's World Cup victory as theirs, having adopted 'Les Bleus' as the 'sixth African country' in the tournament, it begs the question: should Africans claim France's triumph as partly theirs? Do Africans have legitimate reasons to celebrate the victory of a country still accused of causing problems on the continent?
Former U.S President Barack Obama last week shared his annual summer reading list, which includes five classic books from prolific African writers. The list includes seminal works by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hisham Matar, and Nelson Mandela.
When you think of classical music, do you think of names such as Peter Sylvanus or Christian Onyeji? Nigerian classical pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka released his Extended Play (EP) record called Choreowaves, and it's not Beethoven, Mozart or J.S. Bach he's playing. Nduka plays the work of African composers.
Agence France-Presse on December 1, 2017 — Ahead of World AIDS Day on Friday, here is a snapshot in numbers, based on UN data, of the deadly disease which was identified in the early 1980s.
A file picture shows Zimbabwean women’s pressure groups as they march in Harare on December 1, 2005 to mark World AIDS Day. Since testing positive for HIV six years ago, Cecilia Chinhamo has endured a torrent of verbal abuse from her husband. Like many Zimbabwean women with HIV, Chinhamo battles to convince her husband to get tested himself or to use a condom, raising fears for the future of their four-year-old daughter. Of the 1.6 million Zimbabweans with HIV, 55 percent of are women, according to government statistics. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP PHOTO / STR
A key factor has been detection among pregnant women in Africa, followed by treatment with anti-retro viral drugs that protect their baby.
Nearing 40 million with HIV
Close to 40 million people live with the virus today. UNAIDS put their number last year at 36.7 million.
The number continues to increase, however, owing to continued transmission of the disease and increased access to anti-retroviral drugs in developing countries which has raised the survival rate of HIV-positive people.
AIDS-related deaths have declined by almost 50 percent since a peak of 1.9 million in 2005, to 1.0 million in 2016.