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Nana Mensah (left) in 'Queen of Glory'. (Pic: Peter Hurley)
‘Queen of Glory': Q&A with Nana Mensah
March 4, 2015
  Hot on the heels of the successful web series An African City in which she plays a leading role, actress and director Nana Mensah brings us her first independent feature film, Queen of Glory, about a Ghanaian-American PhD student who inherits ... Continue Reading →
Vendors display sex toys at the 2013 Sexpo sexuality and lifestyle show in Johannesburg. (Pic: AFP)
No doubt, Africans are about that sex toy life March 3, 2015

Sex toys. Asking about them in polite society usually causes raised eyebrows and mumbles about their inappropriateness, but you don’t need to be a private detective to discover that they’re bought, sold and used almost anywhere you care to look on the continent. At the same time though, the sale of sex toys is illegal …

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Phiona Mutesi plays a game of chess with her colleagues at the chess academy in Kibuye, Kampala. (Pic: AFP)
From the slums to the silver screen: Uganda’s chess prodigy March 2, 2015

Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a famished nine-year-old foraging for food in the sprawling and impoverished slums of the Ugandan capital. “I was very hungry,” said Mutesi, aged about 18. Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her tale of triumph over adversity is being turned into a Hollywood epic with Oscar-winning Kenyan actress …

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'Mathabile Mosala. (Pic: Meri Hyöky.)
‘Mathabiso Mosala: 50 years of activism in Lesotho February 26, 2015

Eighty-three-year-old ‘Mathabiso Mosala lives in a bustling, chaotic part of Maseru. Her house is located on one of the city’s main roads, crowded with shops, pedestrians and heavy traffic. Street vendors line the pavement outside her gate, their shouts mingling with the incessant hooting of taxis driving past. Mosala, or nkhono, as many fondly call …

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Row in SA over bodies of Nigeria church victims February 24, 2015

A row has erupted in South Africa over the identity of one of the bodies of dozens of South Africans who were killed in the collapse of a Nigerian church building last year. One family suspects they were given the wrong body and has commissioned private DNA tests and warned they would want the “right” …

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Talking Heads: Ory Okolloh
Talking Heads: Ory Okolloh
March 2, 2015
Ory Okolloh, founder of software company Ushahidi, is one of eight black women named as The 100 Most Influential People
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Underground Library: A fight for literacy
Underground Library: A fight for literacy
March 2, 2015
The M&G revisited Mohlakeng to speak to the founder of the Underground Library, Neo Mathetsa, about their efforts to
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Malawi floods leave learners displaced
Malawi floods leave learners displaced
February 9, 2015
Unicef follows Rita Nota, who is staying at Bangula Primary School since the floods left her family homeless, as she att
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Clampdown on Ethiopia's independent media
Clampdown on Ethiopia's independent media
January 22, 2015
The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expres
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Voices of Africa Multimedia

A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film
A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film February 18, 2015

You either love sci-fi movies or you hate them – but a sci-fi love story based in Ethiopia? That’s sure to pique everyone’s curiosity. Directed by Miguel Llansó, Crumbs is a a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January. From Indie Wire: “Crumbs tells the story of diminutive superhero Gagano (played by Daniel Tadesse), a junk collector, who …

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‘The Nairobians': A Kenyan crime drama TV series
‘The Nairobians': A new Kenyan TV series about crime syndicates and ivory trading February 6, 2015

The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David “Tosh” Gitanga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga’s debut film, Nairobi Half Life, a crime drama about a young actor from the upcountry trying to make it big in the capital, was Kenya’s first ever Oscar submission, and, according to its producers, the …

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