Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh went to Dallol, Afar, Ethiopia, an extreme landscape where it is dry and hot to capture the essence of water to life. Through her work Muluneh highlights how water scarcity is mainly a burden on women.
As the granddaughter of one of Ghana’s pioneer female playwright’s Efua Theodora Sutherland, Elisabeth Sutherland was destined for a career in the arts. She has taken to recreating folklore to reflect the female perspective and has co-founded a theatre program to stimulate new and young talent in Ghana.
Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1902, the American Metropolitan Museum of Art’s facade features four niches intended to house free-standing sculptures. 117 years later this intention has been fulfilled by Kenyan contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu with an installation dubbed, “The NewOnes, will free Us”
Ashenda is a unique traditional Tigraian festival celebrated in northern Ethiopia that is exclusively for girls and young women. “Ashenda” is the name of a tall grass found in the country that the revelers use to embellish their celebration gowns.
In African mythology twins are approached with both awe and apprehension. Some ethnic groups view them as good omens while others fear that they represent impending doom. Over time cultures that revere them have come to celebrate them annually in very unique festivals.
A loan of 20 million euros ($22.5 million) from the French Development Agency will fund a new museum in Benin’s city of Abomey. The aim is to make the 47-hectare (116-acre) UNESCO World Heritage Site more attractive for visitors once France restitutes 26 royal statues taken by French troops over a century ago
A UNICEF report has found that an estimated 115 million boys and men worldwide were married as children. Of these, one in five (23 million) became child grooms before the age of 15. Of the 82 countries analysed, the Central African Republic was found to have the highest prevalence of this practice.
The International Year of Indigenous Languages serves as a good impetus to start implementing policies that prioritises Africa’s own languages.
“Sexual cleansing” is a common harmful practice in several African countries where a woman is expected to have sex after her first period, after becoming widowed, or after an abortion, as a cleansing ritual. In Malawi, girls are forced to have sex with a paid sex worker, known as a “hyena”, once they reach puberty.