Southern Africa has yet to recover from Cyclone Idai, which devastated Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving over 1 000 people dead. Now another tropical cyclone, dubbed “Kenneth”, is predicted to hit Mozambique and Tanzania in the coming week. Despite the tumultuous turn that the climate has taken, the vast majority of the people agitating for action are the continent’s young.
For Earth Day 2019, the theme "Protect Our Species" aims to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species on our planet today. This phenomenon is directly linked to human activities. The Earth Day Network believes that we are now losing species at 1 000 to 10 000 times the normal rate.
After the Notre Dame fire, many straight-shooters among us turned to social media to offer a history lesson on all the unsavoury things France has done to Africa and remind us why it is not our place to catch feelings. Instead of being salty and criticising the West for stepping up to handle something they consider an emergency, should our reaction not be to reflect on ourselves as a society and what our priorities are? asks Lineo Segoete
Protest of the kind seen in Sudan can lead to change. More important, however, is to realise that sustained and committed protest might be required to ultimately ensure the kind of change that the people want.
Many countries have abolished the death penalty because absolute judgments are not only irreversible but inhumane. Although progress has been made against the death penalty, with Burkina Faso abolishing it for “ordinary crimes” and Gambia declaring an official moratorium on executions, Amnesty International reported that numerous executions were still carried out in 2018.
Seeking to mainstream the often othered narratives of queer women and non-binary persons “Dark Juices and Aphrodisiacs” is an anthology that explores the sensual lives of queer Africa. Using some well-known and some new voices from across the continent, the anthology opens up a new outlook on pleasure.
More than half the world is online, with the numbers growing every day. People are increasingly spending every second of their existence on the World Wide Web, yet we are still uncomfortable with saying that is where the bae came from. Kagure Mugo wonders why.
Most women who opt for sex toys prefer vibrators above all the other options available to them for self-pleasure. Vibrators are used for clitoral stimulation yet – absurdly – they are designed to resemble phalluses.
Pegging is not high on heterosexual couples’ list of things to do in bed, but maybe it should be. The act of trying something new and subverting gender roles in the sack can lead to increased pleasure and healthy conversations for both parties.
The narrative of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle focuses on the heroism and exploits of men, largely ignoring the experiences of many young women in liberation camps and the discrimination and abuse they suffered at the hands of male soldiers, says Mako Muzenda
When a deputy headmaster at one of Zimbabwe’s top schools recently came out as gay, he faced a backlash that revealed a deep-seated homophobia. One Zimbabwean decided to stand up – and out – in support of the LGBTQI+ community in general and GALZ in particular.
Future Africa Forum founder and Zimbabwean entrepreneur Gerald Chirinda says the future is African. As Africa's story changes, young people from the continent have the responsibility to get involved in changing the narrative.
Firebrand Ugandan legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine is currently under house arrest. Bobi Wine has built a wide and popular platform and following defined by youth. He has been arrested several times before by President Yoweri Museveni’s government for his politics and activism.
One of Zimbabwe’s top hip-hop artists Takura this week released a brand new video and single, Zvemoyo. The masterfully produced video showcases Takura versatility as he straddles the line between hip-hop and R&B.
A heart-warming picture of two gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze posing with game rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been dubbed the selfie of the year, and few can disagree with that unofficial title.
Streaming platform Netflix announced its first original African animated series, “Mama K’s Team 4”, produced by the Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and London-based children’s entertainment specialist CAKE. Netflix is also conducting a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.
Google’s first artificial intelligence lab in Africa opened in Ghana. The Internet tech giant aims to provide researchers with the necessary tools to build products that can solve Africa’s problems in every field, particularly in health and agriculture.
This Is Africa on March 21, 2017 — Angolan demonstrators this week took to the streets in a protest in Luanda against a draft law criminalising all abortions. The bill is set to be voted on next week. Abortion also remains a criminal offence in numerous other African countries, and many women and girls die each year from unsafe abortions. An estimated 21.6 million women worldwide, 18.5 million of which are in developing countries, subject themselves to unsafe abortions each year. Stigma, and discrimination on the issue is pervasive and various rights groups continue to lead campaigns which seek to raise awareness and assert that every woman and girl has the inalienable right to make decisions regarding her body.
Abortion should be a choice. Cartoon: Damien Glez/This is Africa