The Benin Empire was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in west Africa, dating back to the 11th century. The walls of Benin City and its surrounding kingdom were a man-made marvel described as “the world’s largest earthworks prior to the mechanical era”.
Ethiopia’s teff plant is gluten-free and demand is growing. The country needs to upgrade its harvesting to reap the rewards.
“Freshwater”, the debut novel of non-binary Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi, is a book that tackles multiplicity in an autobiographical account of the author’s reality and identity. “I am a village full of faces and a compound full of bones, translucent thousands.”
The United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, announced its 2019 longlist. The judging panel managed to whittle down the 163 entries to 16 amazing authors, three of which are Nigerian.
Nigeria’s higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output
The racism inherent in Western media’s reportage of African tragedy, such as the Ethiopian Airline disaster, once again shows how important it is for Africans to support their own media.
“Sexual cleansing” is a common harmful practice in several African countries where a woman is expected to have sex after her first period, after becoming widowed, or after an abortion, as a cleansing ritual. In Malawi, girls are forced to have sex with a paid sex worker, known as a “hyena”, once they reach puberty.
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 was in the air for six minutes before it crashed on 10 March 2019. Among the souls it took with it was the acclaimed and highly regarded Nigerian-born academic, writer and opinion-maker Prof Pius Adesanmi, a public intellectual who loved his country and continent fiercely. TIA pays tribute.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet, flight number ET 302 has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Ethiopian Airlines confirmed. 149 passengers and 8 crew are believed to have been onboard the flight, and are feared dead