Among the work being featured at the 2016 Shoko Festival, billed as Zimbabwe’s biggest festival of urban culture, is that of a dancer who was never expected to walk. Writer Kundai Marunya caught up with the inspirational Blessing Fire to hear his story.
The 2016 Chale Wote Street Art Festival procession that ran through John Evans Atta Mills High Street in James Town, Accra, on 20 and 21 August was a mix of carnival and parade.
With US sanctions preventing Uber from operating in Sudan, there was an opportunity for an innovative local car service. Entrepreneur Ashraf Sarif and his partners came up with Mishwar, a car service app which has grown tremendously. Writer Omnia Shawkat tells us more.
South Africa has lost one of its musical greats, with the death of Kwaito superstar Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala. Mandoza passed away in hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer which had spread to his brain. South Africa and the rest of the continent mourns the death of an African musical icon and tributes continue to pour in.
Kissi Kono explores the most common reasons Senegalese men give for entering into polygamous marriages.
In August 2016, telecoms company MTN Uganda and the Commercial Bank of Africa launched a platform through which mobile subscribers can apply for loans and save money using their phones. In just 24 hours, 83 000 mobile banking users had registered for the service. This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa examines how this development will revolutionise the banking sector in Uganda.
In talk about the greatest football rivalries on the African continent, Dynamos versus Highlanders in Zimbabwe does not get mentioned often. Yet this contest can be equated with Al Ahly versus Zamalek in Egypt and Kaizer Chiefs versus Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
A debate raged in Zambian public sphere when the country’s foremost crooner, Jordan Katembula, also known as JK, released ‘Allow Me’ and ‘Open’, songs so Nigerian that many Zambians doubted they had been composed by a local. Is the Nigerian influence stifling originality in Zambian music?
Meet South Africa’s creative artist, Esther Mahlangu, hired by BMW to create amazing artwork for the brand’s 7 Series. The immensely talented Mahlangu beautifully harnesses her Ndebele heritage to create remarkable art.