The architecture of the ancient Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria was a communal endeavour and the house was a statement of ideological, economic and social position in the larger urban context. Adams Adeosun bemoans the fact that it is fast disappearing.
There are differing views about same-sex marriage within the Anglican communion, putting the American and Scottish Episcopal churches at odds with the majority stance on traditional marriage. African Anglican leaders, the Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, Stanley Ntagali of Uganda and Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda boycotted the global Anglican Communion meeting, as the rift over same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in the Anglican Church widens.
The preference that Africans have for foreign media is not immediately obvious, but a closer look at what we consume through our pay-television channels across the continent shows that we have developed a taste for Western portrayals of reality – including of ourselves, says Caleb Ajinomoh.
Molemo Kgomo launched Ntombenhle Dolls in 2005 when she recognized the need for a doll that could capture her culture and bring it to life for her daughter and generations to come. The dolls celebrate the heritage of various South African cultural groups as they are dressed in apparel representing the following 8 cultural groups: Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Swazi, Ndebele, Venda, Tsonga and Xhosa.
Today we live in a world where one can have as many official romantic partners as one has social media accounts – this is polyamory. However, there are ways in which this new type of loving can teach us how to tackle our more traditional relationships.
In Uganda, the term ethics is synonymous with pornography and sexual activities. The fight by the ethics minister Simon Lokodo is not on corruption but on pornography. We question the obsession of the Ugandan government on banning everything sexual and pornographic, which is regarded as immoral.
Of all the ethnic stereotypes of Black male sexuality that exist, the one about black men (read African) being the most generously endowed and therefore the best lovers is among the most prevalent and persistent. Lineo Segoete considers the implications.
The porn culture in Nigeria is growing: Nigerians are said to consume the most porn online, surpassing the United States. Now, a small number of Nigerian producers are creating a home-grown industry by making and sharing sexually explicit content online.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah assesses the current state of reproductive health services, showing how stigma and growing religious fundamentalism hinder women from fully accessing a range of reproductive health services.
Minister Fikile Mbalula is exacerbating a deadly combination of public vigilantism and police brutality in South Africa. People already terrorised by crime are set to find themselves at the mercy of abuse by the police and the army if the minister is not checked.
In Nigeria, 10,5 million children are not in school. Those who live in slums are at greater risk of growing up uneducated. While one non-profit social development organisation is working to solve the problem by taking education to their doorstep, the government shows little sign of following suit.
The paradox of plenty is a reality for many African countries. There’s an abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals, but there hasn't been much economic growth and development for many countries. The natural resources abundant in most African countries tend to benefit not the communities and countries within which the minerals are extracted. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has started the process of renegotiating the mining contracts his country has with various mining companies. Other African countries need to borrow a leaf out of Tanzania's book.
The Arterial Network recently launched an ambitious programme that aims to create social change through cultural action and cultural policy in four African cities. Sophia Olivia Sanan spoke to five of the organisation’s members to find out more.
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.
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.
Arguably one of the most high profile cases for freedom of creative expression to occur during 2016 involved the performance artist Jelili Atiku, a prominent member of the Lagos art community, a Prince Claus Award winner and a member of Arterial Network Nigeria. Atiku was arrested as a result of a public performance held in January 2016.
Professor Tomohiko Sugishita doesn't believe in drive-by kindness. Starting from when he was a newly-minted medical doctor taking care of the medical needs of 2 million Malawians at the height of the HIV epidemic in 1995, Professor Sugishita has always believed in sinking deep roots into a community and helping it help itself. He recently sat down for an interview with veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga and opened up about what lit his fire for medicine, his long years of medical practice in Africa and why he has come to believe in the "unlearning process".
Lupita Nyong'o, best known for her role in 12 Years a Slave is the latest woman to speak of her sexual harassment experience with Harvey Weinstein. Lupita is now encouraging everyone to "speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence."
Nivea's TV and billboard adverts for their 'natural fairness' moisturiser has caused outrage for pushing the white wash agenda in a market struggling to ban skin bleaching products. The advert is being broadcast in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal. It’s surprising that brands which were previously more inclusive and celebrated ethnic diversity are now cynically tapping into the same insecurity that boosts skin-bleaching sales in emerging markets.
#Greetings from Kenya which is celebrating Mashujaa Day in honour of its national heroes, and heroines who took part in the fight for independence and for those who contributed in various ways in post independent Kenya.
Not many know about the first black student who sat in lecture halls of the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford recently honoured Christian Cole, its first black student with a plaque. Cole was from Sierra Leone and he studied Classics, and he was called to the Bar in 1883, becoming the first African barrister to practise Law in the English courts.
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