The Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) founding fathers gallery is hard to miss immediately upon entering the African Union complex in Addis Ababa. The gallery includes portraits of 38 heads of states. The OAU was founded by 32 countries. 23 countries have joined the Africa Union over the years which replaced the OAU in 2001.
Lemma Guya is a legendary Ethiopian visual artist who pioneered skin mounted portraits. Take a look at some of his works displayed at the Africa Union (AU) complex made using goat skin and oil paint. The works which include all the portraits of all the AU Heads of commission (past and present) are prominently displayed on the ground floor, at the entrance of the African Union complex.
In 1958, the African writer had to be coaxed into publication. They were so self-effacing they would rarely recommend their own stories for inclusion in anthologies, claiming “There are others who write better”. But, as Oris Aigbokhaevbolo writes, the African writer today seeks respect and the reputation conferred by publishing.
The architecture of the ancient Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria was a communal endeavour and the house was a statement of ideological, economic and social position in the larger urban context. Adams Adeosun bemoans the fact that it is fast disappearing.
There are differing views about same-sex marriage within the Anglican communion, putting the American and Scottish Episcopal churches at odds with the majority stance on traditional marriage. African Anglican leaders, the Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, Stanley Ntagali of Uganda and Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda boycotted the global Anglican Communion meeting, as the rift over same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in the Anglican Church widens.
Despite the work being done to raise awareness in society about sex workers as people worthy of respect, they are often still treated as lepers. Why is it that we only seem capable of an empathetic response once older women enter the ‘world’s oldest profession’? asks Lineo Segoete
Independent female directors are making pornographic films or adult erotica to alleviate degrading and exploitative images linked to an increase in child pornography and sexual violence. Feminist pornography is a genre of film developed to encourage women and their self-beliefs of freedom through sexuality, equality and pleasure. The overall aim of feminist porn is to empower the performers who produce it and the people who view it.
Whether we are being told that we are too fat or too thin, women are expected to want to change their bodies to meet society’s standards of beauty. But as Lineo Segoete writes, body-positivity is one way of taking a stand against discrimination, objectification, fetishisation and other attempts at patriarchal control.
Some women choose specifically not to have sex and the internal shame and external backlash that people such Asa undergo is just as detrimental as "slut-shaming." In an interview in 2015, the Nigerian singer revealed that she lost her virginity at the age of 28. The interview has resurfaced and is now trending.
Today we live in a world where one can have as many official romantic partners as one has social media accounts – this is polyamory. However, there are ways in which this new type of loving can teach us how to tackle our more traditional relationships.
Twenty years after his death, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti continues to live on in the hearts of fans, musicians and scholars, many of whom seize every opportunity to understand everything the Afrobeat maestro represented.
Protest is evolving and boycotts are the form of nonviolent resistance that does not end in bloodshed and loss of life. It is an ideal that every movement should aspire towards for the love of it's supporters.
What happened in Zimbabwe has some of the hallmarks of how coups have been staged in other countries yet it doesn’t seem quite accurate to single it out as one. Debates are still going on about how to define the political situation but what is certain in Zimbabwe is we are witnessing the political ground shifting, in ways we never imagined.
The international body-care brand Dove recently hit the headlines for an advertisement widely condemned as racist – and not for the first time. It joins the ranks of many well-known brands that have been called out for racism. But, asks Lineo Segoete, should the African consumer not perhaps do some introspection and consider their complicity?
The fight against corruption in Africa has been slow and arduous. So, when the African Union marked the first African Anti-Corruption Day on 11 July 2017, declaring its commitment to fighting corruption, it is no surprise that not many were excited about the declaration. Linus Unah looks at the attempts by various countries to combat corruption to figure out if these governments are serious.
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.
After 93 days of a government-imposed Internet ban, access was restored in April to the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. While the country’s crisis is far from resolved, time without the distraction of the Internet has helped Monique Kwachou see several things differently.
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is a bit of a slouch at taking credit for its achievements. But those in the know appreciate that the world would be much poorer without ITM’s input, particularly in the fight against diseases like HIV and Ebola. Indeed, ITM has been making valuable contributions to global health for the last century. Veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga recently interviewed Roeland Scholtalbers, the Head of Communications at ITM, on the research institution’s work in Africa.
Arguably one of the most high profile cases for freedom of creative expression to occur during 2016 involved the performance artist Jelili Atiku, a prominent member of the Lagos art community, a Prince Claus Award winner and a member of Arterial Network Nigeria. Atiku was arrested as a result of a public performance held in January 2016.
Wild celebrations erupted in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and across the country as news was broadcast that President Robert #Mugabe had tendered his resignation. Speaker of Parliament Adv Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe's resignation letter, at a special session sitting to impeach Mugabe. Here is the transcript of Mugabe's letter of resignation in full.
The Black Lives Movement has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia’s International Prize for Peace. The award comes with a cash prize of $50,000 and recognises “the vital contributions of leading global peacemakers." The Black Lives Matter movement has been "striving for justice every single day."
Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has written an open letter to Robert Mugabe appealing to him to "be sensitive to the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe." Khama's letter was posted through social media.
Today is World Television Day observed every year around the world on November 21. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996.
Isabel Dos Santos; daughter of former President José Eduardo dos Santos and Africa's most powerful woman according to 2017 Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women has been fired from Sonangol, the State Oil Company.
This Is Africa on October 18, 2017 — Saturday 14 October marked a dark day for Somalia and indeed Africa with a terrorist truck bombing in Mogadishu which killed more than 300 people, and injured another 200. Some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. The terror attack is the worst in Somalia’s history. While there has been an outpour of humanitarian support from various countries across the world, harsh criticism has been levelled against African countries over a lethargic response to the crisis. Social media users have also been questioning where the global solidarity for Somalia is. Questions have been raised why there are no trending hashtags on the tragedy similar to social media campaigns which emerged after terror attacks in America and Europe.
MogadishuMourns Pray for Somalia. Cartoon Damien Glez