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Respect our language: A minister isn’t really going to defend President Zuma with her buttocks

Today, the South African media proudly told the world that a woman – a cabinet minister, at that – was so devoted to President Jacob Zuma that she would defend him with her buttocks. I will give you a moment to reread that sentence, because if you are a learned speaker of any language it […]

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Women, girls at risk in South Sudan camps

Julie Francis’s self-imposed curfew starts when the sun sets. The widowed mother of four has been living at the UN base outside Malakal since December, one of more than 17 000 people who have fled there to escape episodic fighting in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State capital. But the overcrowded camp is not without its […]

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#FreeYara: Peaceful protesting should not be a crime

I write this as a feminist activist whose highest values include freedom of expression, freedom of choice and freedom of association. It scares me that we still live in an age where those freedoms can be taken away from us in an instant, and that anybody who places his or her head above the parapet can […]

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Ba re e ne re: Reigniting Lesotho’s literary culture

Lesotho is an interesting place to be in at the moment. At the end of August, we made headlines worldwide, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. The news had nothing to do with the country’s many unique and positive qualities. There was no mention of natural beauty, of Basotho culture, or of the many exciting initiatives […]

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Ebola threatening Liberia’s existence, minister warns

Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like “wild fire”, the defence minister warned Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organisation assessment that the worst is yet to come. After predicting an “exponential increase” in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that Liberia, which has accounted for half […]

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Zimbabwe: A call for new heroes

I am convinced that Zimbabwe is devoid of sensibility and sensitivity. Each year we celebrate the President’s Birthday, Independence Day, Heroes Day, Defence Forces Day, and recently we added a new banquet to the list: a celebration to remember Zanu-PF’s emphatic win in last year’s elections. This recent excess, unfortunately, is more senseless and insensitive given that […]

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Circumcision: South Africans should stop allowing our boys to be butchered

In my village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, a male who has not undergone circumcision is called ‘inkwenkwe’ – a boy. A young man who has undergone this rite of passage takes great pride in it. If he has not, he is not considered an adult, and will not be respected by […]

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Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Nominees for the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were announced in Johannesburg last Thursday. Dominating the nominations this year are South African rappers Cassper Nyovest and K.O, as well as Nigeria’s Davido with five nominations each. Nyovest is nominated for most gifted male video, most gifted newcomer video, most gifted hip-hop video, most gifted southern video as […]

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 […]

Swaziland: Royal family's trail of destruction

Swaziland residents share their stories of being kicked off their family's land by members of the royal family and politically-connected individuals.

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?