Siya Kolisi captained the South African team to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup; defeating England in the final thus securing the Webb Ellis Cup. Although this was South Africa’s third World Cup win, Kolisi is the first black captain to lead the national team to victory.
In athletics no other country is more consistent or more synonymous with victory than the East African country of Kenya. The country currently holds all long-distance road-running world records, both in the full and half marathons.
Colourism is not peculiar to the African American community or other black communities in predominantly white spaces. It can also ironically be found firmly on the continent where the population is almost predominately black and brown. Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o weighed in on the issue and her experiences on colourism.
Tererai Trent is among ten women including media mogul Oprah Winfrey, conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock and chemist Tracy Dyson whose statues have been unveiled in New York. The women are being honoured for their contributions towards gender equality by Statues For Equality
The conversation around the need for Africa as a continent and Africans as a people to have their own media has led to a demand for more Pan-African content from This Is Africa. Could this demand be what is needed for Africa’s media?
Former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has stirred up a hornet’s nest with a provocative Twitter post questioning why South African, and African women wear Brazilian or Indian hair. “Black consciousness is required on the Hair Question. Why this foreign Hair?” he asked.
Whether we are being told that we are too fat or too thin, women are expected to want to change their bodies to meet society’s standards of beauty. But as Lineo Segoete writes, body-positivity is one way of taking a stand against discrimination, objectification, fetishisation and other attempts at patriarchal control.
Africans cannot appropriate white standards of beauty as white standards of beauty are imposed on us, writes Kylie Kiunguyu.
A Nigerian businessman, Taofick Okoya, created a doll which has grown so big that it now outsells the legendary Barbie dolls in Nigeria