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Africa ‘hostile’ to gays

Many in African countries see their homelands as hostile to homosexuals, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The poll also showed that most people in European nations feel their community is a welcoming place for gays and lesbians. The Gallup survey of more than 100 000 people in 123 countries found just one to […]

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Why we painted Jozi pink

I land in Johannesburg for the third time in four years.  I drive into the city guided by faint memory and intuition. I drive carefully but still I end up taking a wrong turn and land in the middle of town, on Main Street. Two things then seem clear: The first – there aren’t any white […]

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Libya calls for foreign help to defeat Islamist militias

Libya’s foreign minister has warned that it will need foreign help to defeat an alliance of Islamist militias who seized the Libyan capital on Sunday, announcing a breakaway regime, and who are “now stronger than the government itself”. Mohamed Abdel Aziz stressed he was not calling for direct foreign military intervention. But he said Libya’s […]

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Ebola taking toll on West African economy

The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is taking a heavy toll on West Africa’s economy as crops rot in the fields, mines are abandoned and goods cannot get to market. The epidemic has ravaged the region since it erupted in the forests in the south of Guinea earlier this year, killing 1 427 people […]

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How Ebola challenges the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative  

A Cameroonian friend shares a conversation between two of his fellow nationals in an airport. One of them remarks that he is not feeling too well. The immediate, and hysterical, reaction of the other is that he must have Ebola. “Maybe you’ve been infected with Ebola from those Lagos passengers at the arrival hall,” my […]

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The Mandela story ends where it began

The way the Mandela story ended was the greatest comfort I could have ever been given. I could say that his funeral was the greatest gift that could have been given to the people that gave birth to him. It was the greatest tribute to Africa. Something about it was cheeky, it spoke more about the […]

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Africa’s mad and most loved emperor

Who doesn’t love a good story about the rise and fall of empires, blended with a spicy bit of romance and the gothic intensity of a mad king? Chaka, by Lesotho writer Thomas Mofolo, is that kind of novel – a weird and gripping tale about one of the most enigmatic figures in African history. “I do not […]

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Dear White People

Dear White People

A ‘satire about being a black face in a white place’, Dear White People follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and relationships in a predominantly white college. Written, directed and produced by Justin Simien, it won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the Sundance Film Festival. “Seeming to […]

Exploring the West’s fascination with ‘saving’ Africa

Exploring the West’s fascination with ‘saving’ Africa

FRAMED trailer from Cassandra Herrman on Vimeo. Framed, a new documentary in the making, takes a critical look at activism in Africa and the representation of aid recipients as victims. It investigates the West’s relationship to Africa and questions why it doesn’t focus its aid efforts on local communities in the US. The documentary features […]

Ebola: How concerned should we be?

We take a look at developments of the deadly virus as it continues to spread in West Africa. How did it start and how are countries dealing with it?

Zimbabwe's unemployment crisis

Unemployment in Zimbabwe is on the rise as businesses close or downsize. In Harare alone, 711 companies shut down in 24 months.