Following the death of legendary singer-songwriter Dorothy Masuka at 83, Stan Mushava reflects on how she was denied a place both in Rhodesia and South Africa. Similar post-colonial experiences of artists, journalists and activists support the argument that ultimately it must be the role of the African Union and sub-regional bodies to protect free expression, because individual states have narrower minds and temporary interests.
Prosperity gospel in South Africa is in the news for all the wrong reasons. But for its followers, it’s not a con, just a different approach to God.
The American television series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has unveiled its Season 11 cast – and it includes the show’s first ever Muslim drag star. “Mercedes Iman Diamond” moved from Kenya to the United States at the age of 11 but the persona was not born for another 10 years.
Songstress Dorothy Masuku once told South Africa’s public broadcaster that music was like breathing for her.
Kenya’s High Court has postponed the ruling on the historic case (#Repeal162 ruling”, which activists had petitioned for the repealing of section 162 of the penal code. A positive ruling will ensure sexual minorities in Kenya will have the right and freedom to exist, and it will be a huge step towards inclusion.
Acclaimed Zimbabwean novelist Charles Mungoshi died on 16 February 2019 after a 10-year fight with a neurological condition. Fellow writers and publishers share their encounters with the African literary giant whose many accomplishments included works of translation, breaking the colonial chokehold on education and co-founding the Zimbabwe International Book Fair.
Samuel Tefera from Ethiopia has set the running world alight by breaking the 1 500m indoor world record set by Hicham El Guerrouj 22 years ago.
Recent comments made by Uganda’s Minister for Tourism, when he described curvy women as potential tourist attractions, have brought the debate around the objectification of women back into the spotlight.
A community-based organisation has installed Talking Boxes at primary schools in Africa’s largest informal settlement, Kibera, in Kenya, to encourage schoolgirls to speak out about their problems.