African Ministers of Communication and Information Technology and their representatives from 38 AU member states, private sector and media from Africa gathered in Addis Ababa from Nov 20-24 2017 to discuss and make decisions on continental and regional programmes that impact Africans in the ICT and communication sector.
When a cluster of villages in Senegal publicly announced their decision to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2008, many thought it was just a theoretical gesture. Today, the country stands as an example of how to eradicate genital cutting, writes Patrick Egwu.
Lemma Guya is a legendary Ethiopian visual artist who pioneered skin mounted portraits. Take a look at some of his works displayed at the Africa Union (AU) complex made using goat skin and oil paint. The works which include all the portraits of all the AU Heads of commission (past and present) are prominently displayed on the ground floor, at the entrance of the African Union complex.
In 1958, the African writer had to be coaxed into publication. They were so self-effacing they would rarely recommend their own stories for inclusion in anthologies, claiming “There are others who write better”. But, as Oris Aigbokhaevbolo writes, the African writer today seeks respect and the reputation conferred by publishing.
The impression that Intimate partner violence (IPV) only occurs in heterosexual relationships where the man is stereotypically the aggressor is a false and dated idea. Lesbian women can, in fact, be perpetrators and victims of this form of violence.
Taking a drug normally prescribed to treat AIDS as a way to shield against the deadly disease; known as PrEP; is catching on, and proponents hope that it will soon have a measurable impact in reducing the number of infections.
Despite the work being done to raise awareness in society about sex workers as people worthy of respect, they are often still treated as lepers. Why is it that we only seem capable of an empathetic response once older women enter the ‘world’s oldest profession’? asks Lineo Segoete
Independent female directors are making pornographic films or adult erotica to alleviate degrading and exploitative images linked to an increase in child pornography and sexual violence. Feminist pornography is a genre of film developed to encourage women and their self-beliefs of freedom through sexuality, equality and pleasure. The overall aim of feminist porn is to empower the performers who produce it and the people who view it.
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.
Zimbabweans have been celebrating Robert Mugabe's demise but the new administration could fail to bring change. The opposition and civic groups urgently need to regroup and intensify the fight for reforms in the electoral, media and security sectors to ensure holistic change.
Leaving no-one behind should mean focusing on both the abused and the abusers. This is the only way in which the 16 days of activism can be inclusive enough and ensure change for today's and all future generations.
Fixating on the removal of Mugabe or Zuma is a mistake. ZANU-PF must be voted out and the ANC must either completely reform or suffer electoral defeat if South Africa hopes to recover from its rotten president
Protest is evolving and boycotts are the form of nonviolent resistance that does not end in bloodshed and loss of life. It is an ideal that every movement should aspire towards for the love of it's supporters.
What happened in Zimbabwe has some of the hallmarks of how coups have been staged in other countries yet it doesn’t seem quite accurate to single it out as one. Debates are still going on about how to define the political situation but what is certain in Zimbabwe is we are witnessing the political ground shifting, in ways we never imagined.
It is 20 years since the death of Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, but his music remains a weapon against injustice around the world. At his spiritual home, the New Afrika Shrine, fans keep his memory alive.
Good career advice is hard to come by. Fortunately for all of us, Dr Jacqueline M. Applegate, the subject of a new interview on This Is Africa has it in spades. “In order to excel in your career, my advice is to be 100% committed to figuring out how to make your dreams a reality. Take the cards you’ve been dealt, play your hand well, and enjoy the journey!”
Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah was interviewed by TIA on his latest documentary film One Day I Too Go Fly which is about four African youths from different countries and socio-economic backgrounds as they pursue knowledge at America's premier technological university - the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Musah follows the lives of these African students during their four years in MIT. In this interview we get to know Musah's motivation and his experience filming these individuals both in MIT and also in their countries.
After 93 days of a government-imposed Internet ban, access was restored in April to the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. While the country’s crisis is far from resolved, time without the distraction of the Internet has helped Monique Kwachou see several things differently.
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is a bit of a slouch at taking credit for its achievements. But those in the know appreciate that the world would be much poorer without ITM’s input, particularly in the fight against diseases like HIV and Ebola. Indeed, ITM has been making valuable contributions to global health for the last century. Veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga recently interviewed Roeland Scholtalbers, the Head of Communications at ITM, on the research institution’s work in Africa.
Robert Mugabe's sons Chatunga and Robert Mugabe Jr. have started a clothing line called XCG, with the men and women apparel going for US $300 per item. Will the Mugabe boys be able to cope now that they don’t have the same benefits they enjoyed while their father was president?
The move by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the Capital City of Israel has elicited reactions from all over the world. Many countries including Botswana, political organisations such as the ANC, and EFF in South Africa and many leaders have condemned the move, seen a threat to peace between Israel and Palestine.
This Is Africa on April 19, 2017 — Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.
Zimbabwe allows payment of school fees with goats. Cartoon: Damien Glez