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.
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.
Against the backdrop of the International Women’s Day, we celebrate these two remarkable women who recently received awards from Harvard University for their immense contributions to the world, Viola Davis and Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
It isn’t every day that you see a red-haired woman with freckles on major international adverts. Well, Cape Town-born model Carmen Solomons is changing this.
Increasing religious conservatism and fundamentalism is destroying and erasing the rich diversity of cultures, religions and traditions on the African continent. This trend is in stark contrast with the ways in which black people in Brazil are trying to preserve their heritage.
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
Historic manuscripts, ancient tombs and mausoleums are some of Mali’s cultural treasures destroyed by terrorists in recent years. The Alpha Moya mausoleum, which was one of the sites destroyed, has been rebuilt and worth a look.
As much as we complain about outsiders exoticising our cultures for financial gain, Lineo Segoete writes, sometimes our complacency has laid the groundwork for it.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali had a long love affair with Africa. The continent was the stage of perhaps his greatest triumph: “The Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, then Zaire. He was beloved across Africa and he visited the continent frequently.