Plant – or herb-based treatments have been a key part of the continent’s traditional medicinal practices for thousands of years. But there are challenges. These include the fact that many consumers automatically assume “natural equals safe”.
A video of a fluent Xhosa-speaking teenager Chad “Xolani” Baling, 18, who recently successfully participated in a sacred initiation rite of passage ceremony in South Africa has set tongues wagging on social media. Baling lives with a Xhosa family in East London, and he went through the traditional Xhosa ulwaluko initiation rite to manhood. Some social media users have been applauding Chad for embracing a critical part of Xhosa culture, while others users having been critical of the custom calling it “outdated”.
Sex education on the continent is blind to the realities of its many young people, Kagure Mugo argues. It’s time to get real and to help them stay safe.
Little by little, I am noticing more mention of Orisha in music, films and books than ever before.
At 9, Younis was forced to marry a man 69 years her senior in accordance with the Samburu tradition. She fled the man and found shelter at Samburu Girls Foundation
How Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire’s adoption of his mother’s name led him to question the Africanness of names.
At a panel discussion held at the Goethe Zentrum Kampala conference room about Afrofuturism and the Afropolis, a question from the member of the audience, about the place of voodoo and African magic in Afrofuturist writing was left unanswered, TIA’s Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire reports
Western culture has a habit of taking one thing from one culture and presenting it to others as its original product. Look at pizza, hamburgers, yoga, acupuncture, the list turns into a tome. African medicine is no exception
Under colonial rule, traditional healers were deemed backward and outlawed. Little was done to investigate the legitimacy of what these healers actually did. Today the prejudice remains, but our ancestors weren’t stupid. We need to clinically research these remedies.