Nude photography that explores body types and sexualities may not just be met with silent hostility in East Africa; historically, it has been met with resistance. Wawira Njeru however seeks to follow this path in her photography.
People with albinism (PWAs) have faced unprecedented discrimination and persecution in parts of Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in recent years. To fight discrimination, persecution, stigmatisation, and alienation Kenya’s Albinism Society held its inaugural Mr and Miss Albino beauty pageant, an annual campaign to promote self awareness of PWAs in the society.
Mr Ugly pageant is spreading its tentacles, with South Africa hosting the first ever show of its kind. Nine of the country’s “ugliest men” battled it out for the grand prize of 1000 Rand, which was won by Simon Mpuyazi, who was then crowned Mr Ugly South Africa.
Miss World Kenya 2016, Roshanara Ebrahim has been stripped of her title and will not represent the country at this year’s Miss World contest. The beauty queen was suspended indefinitely over “a grave situation” and pageant officials say she breached the code of conduct, without giving details of the contravention. The organisers will announce Roshanara’s successor in due course.
The casual cruelty of some mean trolls on the Internet is one of the worst things about it. Thankfully, sometimes the trolls meet their match. Mzznaki Tetteh, a Ghanaian nurse, is winning millions of fans online for the graceful and dignified way she has handled body-shamers who thought they could rain on her parade.
A 17 year old girl disclosed before a crowd at a poetry session I attended in Maseru that she had been sexually violated. Upon running into her attacker that week she decided to confront him and ask him what had motivated his actions. My heart sank, she said his response was: “because you are beautiful”! Was she supposed to have accepted that slap-in-the-face as a compliment, smiled and thanked him for it?
The Mpumalanga native beat over 100 contestants to win the world-famous title, in the 64th annual competition.
Something is terribly wrong when a Nigerian girl like myself grows up craving white Barbie dolls. Girls all over Africa crave the same today, and this far from harmless. Fortunately Nigerians are starting to produce dolls that look like us.