Telema, a global Congolese movement: In Pictures

Telema means “Stand Up” in the Lingala. #Telema, a global Congolese movement, commenced in the wake of the January 19, 2015, uprising in the Congo and is a movement that

In the name of the relatives of Patrice Emery Lumumba: an open letter by Patrice Lumumba’s daughter demanding Belgium give back her father’s remains

Image Source “In our culture like in yours, what we respect through care for the mortal remains is the human person itself. What we recognize is the value of human

African Women Break the Silence in the Congo

Addressing the African Union 50th Anniversary Heads of States Summit in 2013, Amina Mama, the Nigerian writer, feminist and academic challenged the gathering and in doing so, she said, “Let

African countries: 2020 elections scheduled and postponed

Image Source At the beginning of 2020, Africa had 13 elections scheduled. It was predicated that 2020 would be a critical year of elections for the continent, with elections clustered

World Bank uses outdated stats as it announces $500m Nigeria education plan

Announcing US$500 million in funding to help educate girls, the World Bank made two key claims about poverty and the number of schools in northern Nigeria. As many as 10 primary schools in

How Systemic Racism Affects Black Immigrants

Image Source Black immigrants in the United States come from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world. Immigrants from African and Caribbean countries make up a majority of the foreign-born

The Hunger Strikers of Pine Prairie Protesting Indefinite Detention by ICE

The African detainees at Pine Prairie detention center in Louisiana are demanding an end to the abusive conditions highlighted in their protest videos. “It is hell in here … we

Sai Sankoh’s “Portrait of a Lady” – In pictures

Sierra Leonean luxury brand, Sai Sankoh, founded by renowned entrepreneur and luxury fashion consultant Sai, unveils a striking photo series of its latest collection “Portrait of a Lady”, inspired by the Sierra Leonean

Meet Mati Diop, first black female director to direct a film featured in the Cannes’ competition section

Image Source Born in Paris, France, Diop is a member of prominent Senegalese Diop family. Her father is musician Wasis Diop and her uncle is the acclaimed Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Sudan floods highlight vulnerability to Ethiopia’s giant Nile dam

Image Source Sudan has been hit by its worst flooding in decades, with heavier-than-usual rainfall causing the Blue and White Niles to breach their embankments in the capital Khartoum. The

Sudan’s pyramids at risk from record Nile floods

Image Source The annual flooding of the Nile enabled the creation of early civilisations and made wonders such as the Meroe Pyramids possible (David Rose writes). But now the ancient

How are drugs and vaccines approved in South Africa?

Image Source As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, scientists everywhere are working to develop a vaccine that will prevent people from contracting the disease.Africa Check has debunked many false claims suggesting

Clicks stores to remove TRESemme products after backlash over ad

Image Source South Africa’s Clicks Group has said it will remove all TRESemme products from its shelves after an advertisement posted on the retailer’s website was accused of being racist.

Kenya and Nigeria are leading Africa’s push to start taxing Silicon Valley’s global tech giants

Internet use across Africa skyrocketed from 2.1% in 2005 to 24% by 2018—the highest growth rate globally. That growth has seen global tech companies from Facebook and Google to Uber and

Coffee-Drinking Trend in Uganda Could Boost Economy

Image Source There’s a new trend brewing in Uganda amongst the younger generation that can be found in an aroma-filled cup of cappuccino or espresso. Indeed, despite being the second-largest

“Night of the Kings”: Sophomore feature from Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte debuts at the Venice Film Festival

Image Source A young pickpocket is locked up amongst hardened criminals in the notorious MACA prison on the outskirts of Abidjan. As a red moon rises, he’s chosen by the

According to a Study, Humans overshoot 2020 planetary budget

Image Source Humanity will have burned through all the natural resources So-called Earth Overshoot Day—the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can renew annually—has crept

The Night of Everyday

Image Source Scurrying around within an informal economy in a country that has gone through a long dictatorship and mischief, DR Congo’s population has set up a form of energy to

An Interview With Daniel Kobei of the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program

Image Source One of the major water catchment areas of the country, the Mau Forest Complex is primarily the ancestral home of the marginalized, Indigenous hunter-gatherer Ogiek community. Over the

Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, a healer from within

Image Source In the early hours of July 15, 2020, at the University Hospital in Kinshasa, a brother, comrade, philosopher, historian, thinker, healer, and dreamer left us physically. But like

Inside the secret world of US commandos in Africa

Image Source United States Special Operations forces (SOF) — including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders — are the US military’s most highly trained soldiers, specialising in

Tanzania’s Recent App Boom: A New Market For E-Commerce

Image Source The newly-established delivery app industry in Tanzania is serving up old business in a new format, diversifying the e-commerce market and driving consumer behavior beyond Covid-19. When Zadok

Taiwan slams China, Somalia for criticism of Somaliland office

Image Source Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Thursday responded to criticism from China and Somalia on the exchange of offices between Taiwan and Somaliland, slamming their promotion of the “one China

Wakashio Scuttled off Mauritius as Cleanup Continues

Images were released showing the end of the forward section of the grounded bulker Wakashio. With the scuttling now completed efforts are focusing on the remaining stern section with the accommodations block and

Africa CDC, ARC launch COVID-19 modelling tool for Africa

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the African Risk Capacity (ARC) have launched two COVID-19 modelling tools for Africa: COVID-19 Potential Outcomes Scenarios and COVID-19

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia’s incendiary social media rhetoric

Image Source Heads of states from several eastern African countries gathered in October 2019 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to celebrate the grand opening of Unity Park, an urban park

Siya Kolisi Unites With Global Athletes to Keep Malaria Fight Alive

To keep the malaria fight alive and top of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, World Cup-winning South African rugby captain Siya Kolisi and top female South African explorer Saray Khumalo have joined global athletes to take a stand behind the Zero

An awakening to African Renaissance: in honor of Wamba dia Wamba

Image Source When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground On July 15, 2020, Africa bid farewell to one of its towering activists, philosophers, academicians and politicians,

The Children’s Place cancels millions of dollars of garment orders from Ethiopia

The largest childrenswear retailer in the US has cancelled millions of dollars worth of clothing orders from suppliers in Ethiopia because of the coronavirus pandemic, pushing companies into debt and leaving employees

‘Biodiversity in peril’ as Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill

Image Source Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves on Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of

M5 Accuse France of Meddling in Malian Political Crisis

Image Source Imam Mahmoud Dicko, considered the figurehead of the opposition June 5 Movement in Mali, accused France of meddling in the nation’s current political crisis. Claiming – without concrete

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison

Image Source Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has been in custody since the end of March, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison, Nouredine Benissad, the lawyer for

Mbira Master Cosmas Magaya Dies at 67

Zimbabwean mbira maestro and cultural ambassador Cosmas Magaya died on July 10th, 2020 of coronavirus.  Cosmas Magaya recorded essential mbira albums and traveled extensively and frequently to perform and

Zimbabwe to pay white farmers $3.5bn in land compensation deal

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5bn in compensation to white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle Black families, moving a step closer to resolving one

Regina Asinde’s “For Every Woman”

Image Source Regina Asinde is a Ugandan writer, poet, editor, publisher, mother and wife. She is the Managing Director of Wordsmith Publications Uganda Limited. Her wide-ranging works, published in a

New rules in South Africa concerning employees contracting Covid-19 at work

South Africa’s Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued a new directive concerning workers who contract Covid-19 while doing their jobs. The directive regulates how a compensation fund for claims

‘I love him now’: Wives rejoice as coronavirus halts khat supply to Somalia

Before the coronavirus hit, Muna Nur Farah had started to hate her husband. He’d slink into their home in the Somali capital Mogadishu at 3:00am with empty pockets, his money

Silicon Valley has deep pockets for African startups – if you’re not African

Image Source “Sorry for asking, but do you understand that the money belongs to the company and is not your personal fund?” When Jesse Ghansah saw this question in an

Somalia has no mercenaries, FM Awad says amid ‘Libyan deployment’ claims

Image Source Somalia has dismissed claims it was on course to deploying soldiers to support Turkey in shoring up support for the UN-backed government. Foreign Affairs Minister Isse Awad termed

Kenya fishermen say they are squeezed by Ethiopian mega-dam

Image Source Fishermen on the shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana, the world’s biggest desert lake, have no doubt about what is to blame for their dwindling fish stocks: a giant

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The world is dancing to Maser KG’s “Jerusalema”

South African born DJ and artiste Master KG’s “Jerusalema” featuring Nomcebo is the exciting music of the moment.  Released in late 2019, months after its release the track is now

Ghana is ‘disfigured’ with murder of 90-year-old woman – Akufo-Addo

Image Source President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the killing of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the Savanna Region over witchcraft accusation has dented the reputation of the country.According

90-year-old woman beaten to death for being a witch

Image Source An old woman believed to be in her late 90’s has been beaten to death after a soothsayer claimed she was a witch.Details remain sketchy at this point

West Africa bloc ECOWAS calls for Mali unity government formation

Image Source West African leaders have called for the swift creation of a unity government in Mali and a fresh vote after disputed elections, but warned of sanctions against those

The Mysterious Death of Hundreds of Elephants in Botswana

Image Source It’s no secret that elephants have been dying in northern Botswana during the last few months and that samples taken from carcasses by government officials have yet to shed light

Open Letter on the impact of COVID-19 on African Women

Image Source COVID 19 has unearthed massive inequalities within our societies and brought to glaring light the unique burdens which women carry the world over. Allocation of response resources should

Ethiopia arrests suspects over Haacaaluu Hundeessaa killing

Image Source Ethiopian authorities said they have arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which hundreds of people were

Former Ethiopia Leader Haile Selassie’s Statue Toppled in London Park

A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on

The Problems With Palm Oil Don’t Start With My Recipes

Image Source As a Nigerian living in the U.S., I keep red palm oil in my pantry — it is a central ingredient in making the food that transports me

Groups Warn Against Release Of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes In Nigeria

Image Source Over 75 Civil Society Organizations from Nigeria, Africa and other countries in the world have condemned moves to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes

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