Queer Africa 2 is a collection of stories that explores everything from childhood crushes to unemployment, and dating a married man. It is an exploration of the African queer existence in all its intertwining, messy and beautiful glory and adds to the growing narrative of the LGBTIQ existence on the continent.
The Ugandan government is touting a sweeping controversial anti-pornography legislation that outlaws revealing clothing and covers issues related to pornography, including child pornography, pornographic publications and even suggestive music videos. Ugandan Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said: "Put on a miniskirt but please don't expose your thighs, your buttocks and your genitalia. Finished."
With the new rhetoric many Western leaders are throwing, the narrative surrounding colonialism will eventually be shaped according to what the colonisers say, and not according to the experiences of Africans, the victims of the crimes. When the legacies of colonialism are pinned down to roads and hospitals, what becomes of the painful experiences, and stories of Africans who still bear its brunt? The definition and yardstick of civilisation really needs to be revisited and contested.
When Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record in 2014, people started speculating about the possibility of running the distance in less than two hours. This sparked an ‘arms race’ among sports companies, vying for the top athletes to attempt that feat wearing their gear. On 6 May 2017, Nike’s three chosen athletes attempted the sub two-hour marathon.
When Nigeria’s State Security Service arrested Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the modern secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra, many thought that agitation for the defunct Republic of Biafra would be silenced. Instead, the struggle has been re-awakened.
As the global spotlight falls on demographic changes today - in honour of World Population Day - South Africa can boast about having made strong policy strides in combatting HIV. A new plan to introduce condoms in schools is promising but many doubts have been raised about its implementation.
The question of population control in relation to economic growth in Africa continues to be a subject of interesting conversations. Some people have argued that birth control methods have taken away Africa’s capability to develop its economies. The question though is which comes first, a population boom or economic growth which enables a population increase?
Local aphrodisiac herbs have been around for a long time, but in 2016 a short documentary about a Lagos-based herb seller who invented hilarious names for her products went viral. While the industry continues to boom, the question of how effective and safe these herbal concoctions are remains unanswered.
In the pursuit of being ‘good sexual partners’ for men, many women abuse their vaginas. At best, the measures they resort to add little to their own personal pleasure; at worst, they place women in harm’s way, says Kagure Mugo.
There have been many calls for a secret ballot in the impending vote of no confidence in South Africa’s president. However, is secrecy really what the country wants at this time, and would it not be setting a lasting, damaging precedent? asks Brent Meersman.
Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah was interviewed by TIA on his latest documentary film One Day I Too Go Fly which is about four African youths from different countries and socio-economic backgrounds as they pursue knowledge at America's premier technological university - the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Musah follows the lives of these African students during their four years in MIT. In this interview we get to know Musah's motivation and his experience filming these individuals both in MIT and also in their countries.
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.
Professor Tomohiko Sugishita doesn't believe in drive-by kindness. Starting from when he was a newly-minted medical doctor taking care of the medical needs of 2 million Malawians at the height of the HIV epidemic in 1995, Professor Sugishita has always believed in sinking deep roots into a community and helping it help itself. He recently sat down for an interview with veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga and opened up about what lit his fire for medicine, his long years of medical practice in Africa and why he has come to believe in the "unlearning process".
The year 2016 was full of surprises. The biggest ones (Brexit, Trump’s election, Jammeh’s exit) were delivered via the ballot box. Democracy may yet have more surprises in store for us in 2017. As the Director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, few people on the planet study democracy and its effect more closely than Professor Staffan I. Lindberg. He spoke to Wycliffe Muga, a Kenyan journalist and political commentator, on what V-Dem’s work reveals about democracy in Africa, why people are now more open to “I can fix this” politicians and much more.
Amnesty International has released a report which reveals war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture. Detainees have been subjected to severe beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings, with some tortured to death. The report details torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a school. Castigating the abuse, Amnesty has called for the US and other international partners to investigate their military personnel’s possible knowledge of torture at one base. Alioune Tine, Amnesty’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa said while the organisation condemns the atrocities committed by Boko Haram, nothing could justify the “widespread practice of torture committed by the security forces against ordinary Cameroonians”.
From Zimbabwe all the way to Geneva to participate in the 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the Midlands State University (MSU) made up of Brian Tatenda Madziba and Conrad Melusi Clinton Nyathi became the first-ever Zimbabwean law school team to come first in the Heads of Argument Category. Congratulations to MSU, thank you for making Africa and Zimbabwe proud.
Everton FC stars recently met with Albino United FC players and joined the Tanzanian based team in a training session. The team aims to, and continues fighting stigma. Amid widespread discrimination, Albino United FC is proving that people living with albinism are no different from other people.
Nigerian reggae artist Patoranking has become the first African to perform at the Reggae Sumfest Festival, the largest concert festival in Jamaica. The Nigerian artist who is currently a judge in The Voice Nigeria is living true to the testimony of his first album God Over Everything.
Five Kenyan high school girls will be at the Technovation competition in California U.S. after they created an app, I-cut which seeks to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The girls are the only African team going to California to participate in this year’s international Technovation competition where they hope to win $15,000.
The Zimbabwean government has proposed a minimum mandatory 60-year jail sentence for people convicted of raping minors aged 12 years and below and the disabled, while a 40-year prison term will apply for all rape cases as a means to stamp out the crime.