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Khat's psychoactive ingredients -- cathinone and cathine -- are similar to amphetamines but weaker, and can help chewers stay awake and talkative. (Pic: AFP)
How Britain’s khat ban devastated an entire Kenyan town
July 2, 2015
In a quiet and unassuming town tucked away in a hilly part of eastern Kenya, the British home secretary Theresa May’s name is spoken with barely concealed anger. Since her role in the ban of the town’s most valuable export, ... Continue Reading →
Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce, unveiled her new name and look in a sexy Vanity Fair cover shoot in June. (Pic: AFP)
Does Caitlyn Jenner’s story mean anything for Nigeria’s Yan Daudu? July 1, 2015

To understand the tasteless comedy that was the larger Nigerian reaction to Caitlyn Jenner, the woman Bruce Jenner introduced to the public on that iconic Vanity Fair cover, post-transition, you first have to understand the place of comedy in the country. There is a lot that comedy placates in Nigeria. That we can laugh at …

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Lupita Nyong'o delivers a speech during a press conference at the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel in Nairobi on June 30 2015. (Pic: AFP)
Lupita Nyong’o joins fight to save Africa’s elephants July 1, 2015

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has returned home to Kenya to spearhead a new campaign to stop the record slaughter of elephants for their valuable ivory. More than 30 000 elephants are killed every year to satisfy demand for ivory in China and the Far East where it is worth more than $2 000 a kilogramme. …

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A Burundian soldier casts his ballot at a polling station in Bujumbura. (Pic: AFP)
Burundi: key facts about a troubled country June 29, 2015

The small, landlocked African country of Burundi holds parliamentary and local elections on Monday after weeks of unrest, recalling its long history of conflict and ethnic massacres. Opposition parties are boycotting elections – including a presidential vote due July 15 – saying that it is not possible to hold a fair vote. The African Union …

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5 on-demand startups going big in Africa June 26, 2015

On-demand – think Uber and taxi-hailing apps – is huge worldwide. In the United States, the on-demand economy is booming, with funding for the sector reaching almost US$10 billion since 2010. There is increasing evidence this process is happening in Africa too. Uber, active in Africa in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, gets most of …

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Does the Namib desert hold secrets to life on other planets?
Does the Namib desert hold secrets to life on other planets?
May 15, 2015
Researchers are looking at organisms thriving in the extreme environment of the Namib to predict what kind of life we co
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South Africans, foreign nationals call for end to xenophobia
South Africans, foreign nationals call for end to xenophobia
April 22, 2015
South Africans and foreign nationals share their thoughts about the on-going xenophobic attacks, while attending a vigil
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Running from Boko Haram
Running from Boko Haram
March 16, 2015
Thousands of refugees are fleeing to Chad after Boko Haram's attacks in northeast Nigeria. We visited a refugee camp and
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The challenges of reporting in Africa
The challenges of reporting in Africa
March 9, 2015
Journalist and blogger, Chika Oduah, talks about the risks of being a journalist in Africa today and the notion that jou
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Voices of Africa Multimedia

Ebola: Getting to zero cases
Ebola: Getting to zero cases June 2, 2015

The Ebola outbreak has slowed across West Africa but every new infection continues to threaten millions of lives. This fatal disease claimed 7 000 lives by the end of 2014 in just Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Lione. Overcoming this complex emergency challenged governments and international aid organisations and brought fear to the rest of the …

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Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje and Judith Sephuma sing their hearts out in a song that addresses gender inequality and poverty. (Pic: Supplied)
Poverty is sexist, sing seven African performers in protest May 19, 2015

Singers Victoria Kimani from Kenya, South African Judith Sephuma, Waje from Nigeria, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Arielle T from Gabon, Gabriela from Mozambique and Selomor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe have now recorded Strong Girl to address the gender inequality that they believe goes hand-in-hand with poverty. The song is inspired by a recently released report by …

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