Looking again at “revolution”

There is need to re-look at the word “revolution” and what it currently means in politics and history, especially when compared to other forms of government change. The word, “revolution”,

Mass dispossession through the commodification of the land (Also known as Land Grab)

Under a new scheme, the World Bank seems intent on dismantling customary land laws in a push to privatize land and ultimately turn it into a commodity for sale to

Yes, Kenya’s health budget has risen 30% in last two fiscal years

Better healthcare is a key pillar of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy projects, known as the Big 4, as he serves out his second and final term. More healthcare funding was

Africa is not a continent of massive exodus

The topic of African migrations is currently triggering emotional and political reactions, especially outside the African continent, that often are fragmented or overlook the real dynamics. Next week, the Foundation

African teams showed advancement at the Women’s World Cup. The way media talked about them didn’t

This Women’s World Cup was a historic one for African football: For the first time ever, two African teams, Cameroon and Nigeria, advanced to the knockout rounds. South Africa also

Using soccer and Pool to change lives

“I realised these kids are not bad they just need guidance and a father figure. I had to introduce sports to them” says Siyabonga Ngcaweni known as “Coach” in Pantus Hill community, an informal settlement located in Ethekwini

The Sudan Protest unleashes Street Art

Sudanese graffiti artist Amir Saleh poses in front of a recently painted mural made by his team during a protest near the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum (AFP) The

Sudan’s military rejects Ethiopia’s transition proposal

Sudan’s military has rejected Ethiopia’s proposal to end the political deadlock over the composition of the country’s transitional government. The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been

Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

Ethiopian security forces have killed the man accused of orchestrating a failed coup d’etat in the northern Amhara region over the weekend. General Asamnew Tsige, who allegedly led the coup attempt, was shot

The common people of Sudan at a strategic crossroad

Photo Credit: AFP This article argues that the current military transition in Sudan will lead the country to nowhere unless the people continued their resistance to have a genuine civilian

Three in four Nigerian women use skin-lighteners? No data supports claim

Three in four women in Nigeria regularly use skin-lighteners, claim a host of international media reports. The BBC and Guardian in the UK, CNN in the US, eNCA and News24 in South Africa, Vanguardand Pulse in Nigeria and the pan-African platform This is Africa all

Congolese storyteller is breathing new life into African mythologies

The story of Little Little Orisha follows the adventures of Sango, a wandering spirit who dreams of becoming the King of Heaven, but he needs to complete high school first.

100 Babies Dead – NGO Wants U.S. Missionary Prosecuted in Virginia

Johannesburg — Missionary Renee Bach, who runs a local non-governmental organisation called Serving His Children in eastern Uganda, is being accused of representing herself as a doctor, and treating children

Sudan’s popular revolution delayed not denied

Introduction When what was dubbed “The Arab Spring” took shape in 2011, with several tyrannical regimes falling one after another, the next question was: “Will the Arab Spring move into

Mali declares 3 days of national mourning for massacre victims-

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced three days of national mourning “in homage to the victims” of Sobane Da village massacre that left dozens of people dead. The Malian government on Wednesday sacked the

Why China’s fish is set to stay on Kenya’s menu

After months of policy ping-pong on whether Kenya should let in fish from China, it looks resigned to the imports from the Asian giant meeting local demand. A recent budget

After Deportation, Some Congolese Returnees Face Detention and Extortion

Following a sharp increase in the arrival of asylum seekers and other migrants from Africa and the Middle East at EU borders in 2015, European politicians have increasingly called for

The Hugh Masekela Memorial Pavilion Unveiled

“His legacy is complex and has no boundaries. The ripples of his life force are yet creating new facets of his nature. Those will remain unchained, causing ever novel vistas.

Kenyan Literary Icon Binyavanga “Just being himself”

Family and friends of the late Binyavanga Wainaina on Thursday converged at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi for his memorial. Binyavanga, who died on May 22, was cremated

Tanzania Bans Plastic Bags to Clean Up Environment

Under new measures, anyone using plastic bags in Tanzania can be slapped with a fine, and those caught manufacturing the items can get jail time. Environmentalists are celebrating the move.

Feyi Olubodun on what international brands get wrong about the African consumer

“For the past couple of years the recession in Nigeria has been rough. Lots of agencies closed down and those that didn’t were in the negative for quite a while,”

War on women or crime under control? The two stories of South Africa’s rape stats

Two narratives about rape, utterly opposed to each other, currently circulate in South Africa. The first, expressed most recently in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speeches, paints a picture of a country at

Stwetla, living in danger but still living

Stwetla is a small section of Alexandra Township which consists of informal settlements only. For many years this area had no electricity nor running water. It was just in 2016 where the

Sudan protesters ‘totally reject’ army call for talks

Sudanese protest leaders have “totally” rejected the military’s offer for an unconditional resumption of talks as opposition-linked doctors said the death toll since a violent dispersal of a protest camp in the

NAACP Worked with CIA to Subvert African Liberation

During the 1950s, the NAACP conspired with the CIA to lure South African Black liberationists into the US orbit, said Dr. Gerald Horne, prolific author and professor of history and African

A Message to Christian Dior – “Africa is NOT your Playground”

Christian Dior’s “Cruise 2020 collection Launch”, an event that took place the last week of April in Marrakech, Morocco, was met with an onslaught of disapproval on social media. Dior’s

Ramadan becomes a struggle in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique

Guludo/Ibo, Mozambique – Piles of debris lie where thatched mud huts once stood in the village of Guludo in northern Mozambique. Broken pieces of furniture and muddied books litter the landscape and many like

Sudan protesters plan general strike as talks falter

Sudan’s main protest group called on Tuesday for a general strike after talks with the country’s military rulers stalled on who will lead an agreed three-year transition. Protesters are demanding

Rwanda Turns to DRC As Trade With Uganda Dips

As relations between Rwanda and Uganda remain frosty, Rwanda is looking west for trade, towards the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last week, Rwandan President Paul Kagame gave contrasting messages to

Nigerian Teenager Shatters 125 Year School Record in U.S.

A Nigerian-born teenager, Tobechukwu Phillips has shattered the 125 academic history of her high school in Texas, US. Phillips, a student of Alvin High School boasted a 6.9 GPA, after

South Sudanese artists urge govt to lift ban on music venues

South Sudanese musicians have urged the government to lift a ban on nightclubs and music venues in Jubek State. The ban, which was proclaimed alongside a 5-10pm curfew on bars, was

Do Kenya’s used car dealers really pay KSh49 billion a year in import tax?

Second-hand car dealers in Kenya are feeling the squeeze as the government seeks to limit both the age and make of cars that can be imported. In a draft national automotive policy, authorities cite high

Tshepo Mokholo on the transformational power of architecture to inspire

In 2018, architect Tshepo Mokholo along with nine other designers from the African Design Centre (ADC) designed and completed the Ruhehe Primary School in Kigali, Rwanda. The school serves 1,120

A-Star excites the world with another hit song “Balaya”

Ghanaian musician A-Star the hit maker who created the “Kupe Dance” recently released another hit song, “Balaya”, and with it is a dance challenge (#balayachallenge). And just like the “Kupe

Fans of Lingala music mourn Congolese music icon Mose Se Sengo Fan Fan

Fans of Lingala music are mourning following the death of music icon Mose Se Sengo Fan Fan, popular for the song “Papa Lolo”, in Nairobi on Friday. This came as

Safaricom Jazz Festival dazzles audiences

As the great Nina Simone said, “Jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking”. For any jazz

Why does Africa Check fact-check election manifestos?

Africa Check has spent four months fact-checking South Africa’s top three political parties ahead of elections on 8 May. Here’s why this work is important. Fact-checking is a relatively new

Businessman worried for his life after being shot by Rwandan security officials

Innocent Ndahimana, a Rwandan businessman is afraid of going back home for fear of being witch hunted. Ndahimana, a resident of Nyakabungo village, Chumba Sub County in Gicumbi District in

Africa: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’ Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns

Sudan protesters to Saudi Arabia, UAE: ‘Please keep your money’

Khartoum, Sudan – Sudanese protesters have called on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to “keep their money” a day after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi offered to send Khartoum

Museveni Tells Ugandan Artistes to Separate Music From Politics

Kampala — President Museveni has said he will not tolerate music shows that are laced with politics and warned that in future nobody will be compensated for shows that have

False context: Graphic videos, photos not of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Foreign nationals living in South Africa are again fearful of attacks by locals. But widely shared images and videos falsely captioned as xenophobic violence only get in the way of

Sudanese Photographer Lana Haroun’s Amazing Image Inspires Artistic Depiction of Protestor Alaa Salah as Kandaka, “Nubian Queen”

On March 8, 2019, in Khartoum, Sudan, Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old passionate protestor stood on top of a car above thousands of protestors and with her arm raised in the

Uncertain Nigeria population data makes claim about stunted kids hard to verify

Nigeria’s economy, one of the two largest in Africa, will struggle to grow if the country didn’t first improve healthcare, a national newspaper has argued.In a February 2019 ThisDay article

Merging architecture, entrepreneurship and digital fabrication in Cameroon

“Ours is the first digital manufacturing laboratory for architecture and design in Africa,” African Fabbers School founder Paolo Cascone. As some of the world’s top designers gather in Italy this

Sudan: Protesters Skeptical of Reports Bashir Transferred to Prison

Reports citing relatives of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir say the ousted leader has been moved from house arrest to prison. But protesters who are demanding civilian leadership, instead of

Sudan Protesters Demand Civilian Rule

Protesters in Sudan have overcome army attempts to disperse their sit-in and resumed their calls for civilian rule. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among those calling for a quick transition

Egyptians Discover Two New 4000-Year Old Tombs In an Almost Pristine State

Image Source[Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via Twitter] Two newly-discovered tombs give a dazzling, exceptionally-preserved glimpse into the deaths of ancient Egyptians. Two new tombs have been discovered in Egypt in

Costly Cyclone Idai: Over 1,000 dead, $2 billion needed to recover

In Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, more than 1,000 people were killed, while hundreds of thousands are in need of aid, following the devastating battering by Cyclone Idai. The World Bank

Mozambique: Chevron Buys Anadarko for $33 bn, Taking Part of Cabo Delgado Gas

U.S. oil major Chevron swallowed up Anadarko on Friday, but the US press stresses it is mainly to obtain Anadarko’s interests in shale gas and and Gulf of Mexico oil.

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