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Are there any dark skinned women in Africa? You wouldn’t know it from looking at many of our music videos
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Lifestyle Are there any dark skinned women in Africa? You wouldn’t know it from looking at many of our music videos

There’s no denying that Africa has some of the most talented musicians in the world. By making hit after record-breaking hit, these artists have proven that the continent’s musical talent stacks up against the best in the world. There’s just one problem: too many top artists seem to be promoting the warped impression that true beauty only comes in one form: light/white skin. Is this a wrong-headed marketing ploy or are these artists truly blind to the negative body image attitudes they are promoting?

Papa Wemba: Rhumba, Elegance and the Passing of an Era
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Lifestyle Papa Wemba: Rhumba, Elegance and the Passing of an Era

Just more than half a century ago, in the Belgian Congo, a baby was learning his first words, words that would grow into music and diffuse from Kinshasa into the veins of Africa’s dance floors with its soft melody, rhythmic cadences and hot guitar riffs. That baby grew up to become Papa Wemba – Le Pape de la Sape, Kasai Nightingale, King of Rhumba, a master of his art and musical genius.

Africa mourns Elechi Amadi: Tributes pour in for Nigerian literary giant
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Lifestyle Africa mourns Elechi Amadi: Tributes pour in for Nigerian literary giant

Africa has lost one of its great writers, renowned Nigerian author, Elechi Amadi, popularly known for his debut masterpiece, The Concubine, which is widely considered his magnum opus. Amadi was born in Nigeria in 1934 and passed away on the 29th of June 2016. He was 82 years old. Amadi, indeed leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire African writers. May he rest in perpetual peace.

Proudly African: Start-up, Enda develops Kenya’s first running shoe
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Lifestyle Proudly African: Start-up, Enda develops Kenya’s first running shoe

African entrepreneurship is certainly on the rise and a Kenyan start-up, Enda Athletic (Enda means “go” in Swahili) has designed and developed world-class running shoes, which are inspired by the country imponderable greatness in running. We certainly hope Kenyan athletes will be sporting the debut Enda Iten running shoe in the foreseeable future.

Google “African Children” and then “American Children”. The results will surprise you
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Lifestyle Google “African Children” and then “American Children”. The results will surprise you

This Is Africa recently did a simple experiment. We did an image search for “African children” on Google. The results were eye-opening especially when compared to Google searches for “American children” and “European children.” While the other two searches yielded images of cheerful, happy children, the image search for “African children” turned up many disturbing images of starving, distressed and yes, even gun-toting minors. Is this the real Africa or does Google need to play an active role in changing how the world sees the continent?