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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The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle: The Failure of Agro-Industrial Parks in DRC

The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the

Ethiopian Workers in Giant American Clothing Company PVH Supplier Factories Based in Ethiopia, Reportedly Face Labor Abuse

London — Fashion giant PVH, which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, said it will investigate reports that Ethiopian workers who make clothes for their high-street stores routinely face verbal

Kenya Orders Closure of Dadaab Refugee Camp This Year, According to Leaked UN Document

Nairobi — Located in eastern Kenya, Dadaab was established almost 30 years ago and was once the world’s largest refugee camp Kenya has ordered the closure of the Dadaab refugee

Recent unrest reveals continuing revolutionary spirit in Haiti

During the month of February, hundreds of thousands of Haitians took to the streets to demonstrate in response to the horrific economic crisis sweeping the Caribbean nation.For ten straight days,

Gambia’s ex-President Yahya Jammeh ‘stole at least $362m’

The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh stole at least $362m from the state during his 22-year rule, the West African country’s justice minister has said following a nearly two-year investigation.

Somalia says Somaliland’s signing of mega development deals with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ethiopia are clear violations of its sovereignty

Somaliland’s recent signing of mega development deals with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ethiopia has left Somalia infuriated. Somaliland President Muse Bihi last month made visits to the United Arab

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré says African Architecture should stop imitating the West

Looking at the housing situation in West Africa, architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture) says that Africans should stop imitating the Western way of building and rather adapt it to their own

The UN cannot allow Morocco to impose a colonial fait accompli in Western Sahara in violation of the UN principles, a just solution to end the occupation of Western Sahara must respect the law

The Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara remains the last case of decolonization in Africa. The Moroccan military invaded the territory on the 31st of October 1975 despite a clear ruling

Thomas Sankara’s Statue Stands Tall in Burkina Faso

This year’s African Film Festival, an annual event that takes place in Ougoudugo, Burkina Faso, will be remembered as a historic occasion. A day marked to evoke a nation’s memory

Kagame The Second General After Amin To Jeopardize The East African Community

The Ugandan ruler Idi Amin was undoubtedly one of the factors that led to the collapse of the East African Community (EAC). Amin was in a war of words with

Lawyers of detained Rwandans ask Uganda government to try them in civilian courts

awyers representing Rwandans detained in Uganda prisons have asked the Attorney General to allow them be tried in civilian courts since they don’t belong to the military forces.It’s almost two

Change Uganda Can Believe In: Does Bobi Wine Have What it Takes?

As a Ugandan, Bobi Wine has the right to seek the highest political office in Uganda. At the same time the people of Uganda also have the right to assess

Bobi Wine for president in 2021: What are his chances?

The MP for Kyadondo East and popular Opposition activist and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, has declared his intention to contest for the presidency in the

West Africa: Will Elections in Guinea-Bissau End Years of Political Crisis?

Image Source:[AFP] Sunday a new parliament will be elected in Guinea-Bissau. 21 parties are battling for 102 seats. Guineans hope the poll will mark the end of a long period

‘Our land and jobs now!’ Fact-checking the EFF’s 2019 election manifesto

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a South African political party, launched its election manifesto on 2 February 2019 in the country’s Gauteng province. The national election is scheduled for 8

Pius Adesanmi Celebrated & Beloved On Two Continents!

On 10th March, 2019, Ethiopian flight ET 302 made an unscheduled stop on its way from Addis to Nairobi and the ancestors rose to receive my old friend, Pius Adesanmi.

Sudan: President Al Bashir Delegates Powers as Head of Ruling Party to Deputy

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has delegated his powers and authority as head of the ruling National Congress Party to its deputy head, Ahmed Mohamed Haroun, until the party’s next

East Africa: African Civil Society Groups Call for IGAD Response to Sudan Uprising

Dabanga — Thirteen civil society organisations have called for a strong response from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to the uprising in Sudan. Among the organisations are the African

“Re-Imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian Conversation” Exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria

On February 9, 2019 at the Nigerian Railway Corporation compound in Ebute-Metta, Lagos the Re-Imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian conversation opened. “The exhibition is a conversation as well as an intervention

A Different Perspective of Adwa

Today marks the 123rd anniversary of the battle of Adwa in which Ethiopia inflicted a crushing defeat on Italy’s colonial army. It was a landmark victory that permanently altered the

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu talks with Design Indaba

The message read: “So sorry love. Film got banned and all hell broke loose.” I still remember the day clearly, back in April on Freedom Day (in South Africa) where

Universal healthcare in Africa is a necessity for genuine development

any of the news stories about African Union (AU) member states focus on the outbreak of infectious diseases, which are a direct result of the legacy of colonialism and neo-colonialism,

A Scholar’s Account of Departed Tanzanian Media Guru, Ruge Mutahaba’s Life

Atlanta — Ruge! Ruge has touched millions of Tanzanians. He was a pioneer in the entertainment industry. Ruge is many things to different people. For those of us who grew

2019 Feb. 20: Yithi Laba exhibition

Date: 28 February – 15 April 2019 Time: 6-8pm Venue: The Market Photo Workshop, Newtown, Johannesburg. Yithi Laba meaning This is Us is a command announcing the coming together of

State of emergency aims to end Sudan’s economic crisis: ruling party

The purpose of the state of emergency is to deal with the economic crisis rather than a correction to political practice, said the ruling National Congress Party on Saturday. President

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