The Evora Africa festival hosted at the historic Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval in Portugal aimed to celebrate the ever-expanding wealth of Africa’s cultural heritage and uncover the many faces of a contemporary Africa, the continent of the future, where sacred rituals of the past merge with urban art of a vibrant, modern and changing world.
Ozwald Boateng unveiled his new 'Africanism' collection at Arise Fashion Week in April 2018. “I wanted to push that connection between my cultural roots and my design to the forefront, and I felt that there was a way that I could create an African aesthetic, but in a very modern way,” he wrote in Vogue.
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.
What do Africans really think about having a common language? For many Kiswahili is the answer to having a common language on the continent, but how feasible is it, particularly for non-Swahili speaking countries?
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.
Just two years ago, Rhodes University was energised by student activism, with protests, campus shut-downs and demands to transform the university and its culture. However, the university has swept away almost all evidence of this movement. For a so-called liberal institution, its heavy-handed response is alarming.
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.
How would you feel if something stolen from you was later found but had to be loaned back to you? This is what Britain and many other Western and European nations that have looted artefacts from different African countries are doing. They don't want to pursue the repatriation option. Nigeria has demanded for the return of its bronze statues, but a British Museum says it can only loan them.
With the “intention of widening political space”, Ethiopia’s government is freeing thousands of prisoners accused of a variety of charges, such as terrorism or incitement to topple the government. This includes several senior opposition leaders and members of Ginbot 7, which is among five groups blacklisted under the government’s unreformed anti-terror legislation.
Julius Malema’s racially charged remarks have been met with mixed reactions. On the one hand, his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, claimed his comments addressed racial challenges in the country, especially in KwaZulu-Natal. The Democratic Alliance, on the other hand, felt that Malema was using his leadership carelessly to strain racial relationships that have been decades on the mend.
Senegalese musician Akon has started his own cryptocurrency Akoin to compete with bitcoin. Akon intends to go beyond just creating a cryptocurrency, and he also wants to have a "A Real-life Wakanda", a crypto-city run through cryptocurrency in Senegal
Senegalese fans in Russia are giving Africans more reasons to fall in love with the Lions of Teranga with their civility and selflessness. The Senegalese fans stayed after their team’s historic win to help cleaning up the stadium, a gesture which has won the hearts of many.
South African comedian, Trevor Noah's book Born a Crime is being taught in some U.S. schools. The book was also made into an audio book, and it's available to all high school students in Newark, New Jersey. Could South African students also benefit if the book is adopted into the curriculum?
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