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On the Road to Bamenda with my Dead Grandfather
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Lifestyle On the Road to Bamenda with my Dead Grandfather

As a nurse in the colonial civil service, my maternal grandfather, Ndumma, travelled all over Nigeria and Southern Cameroons. Recently, we retraced Grandpa’s journey from Ahaba to Bamenda in time for his granddaughter’s wedding. I have no idea how the old man came to go along. He probably overheard us planning the trip, for his grave is not a dozen feet from the family house.

Ugandan mother launches Black Girls Magazine in Canada to fight exclusion
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Politics and Society Ugandan mother launches Black Girls Magazine in Canada to fight exclusion

The idea of the Black Girls Magazine was born after Annette Bazira-Okafor, a Ugandan mother living in Canada realized that the magazines her daughters and her friends were reading had something missing, no true representation of the experiences of black girls. Bazira-Okafor, a PhD student at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, decided to create Black Girls Magazine to address the exclusion of the experiences and lived realities of young black girls.

Siba Mtongana: She came, she saw, she conquered our hearts 
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Lifestyle Siba Mtongana: She came, she saw, she conquered our hearts 

South African celebrity chef Siba Mtongana is a class act. We should know. Last Thursday, she was the chief guest at the new This Is Africa website launch. She brought the house down with a moving speech chock-full of inspiring anecdotes from her own life. She had the audience eating out of the palm her of hand. By the time Siba was done speaking, it was easy to tell her fans in Nairobi hadn’t had enough. Lucky for them, This Is Africa, as always, had them covered. On Saturday we organized a special meet-and-greet event for Siba and her fans at Nairobi’s hottest new address, the Radisson Blu. Here’s how that went down