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Okwiri Oduor wins 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing
July 15, 2014
Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story My Father’s Head. Described as “an uplifting story about mourning,” Nairobi-born Oduor’s 2013 work begins with the narrator’s attempts to remember what her father’s face looked ... Continue Reading →
Wole Soyinka. (Pic: AFP)
Plaudits from friends and foes as Nigeria’s Nobel laureate turns 80 July 14, 2014

Nigeria’s literary icon Wole Soyinka turned 80 on Sunday, with friends and foes alike paying tribute to the first African to win the Nobel literature prize. Dozens of literary and artistic events have been staged across the country over 80 days leading up to the birthday of the poet, novelist, playwright and social activist, whose …

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Fish sperm potions and camel’s milk concoctions keep love alive in Nigeria July 11, 2014

Has your love life lost its spark? Too tired after long days at work? Or maybe you suspect your partner’s eye has been wandering? Zainab Usman, a Muslim from northern Nigeria, says she has the solution for all these problems. Walking through a room lined with jars, bottles and gourds, perfumed air trailing in her …

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Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Pic: Reuters)
‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ to premiere in Nigeria July 9, 2014

The Nigerian civil war movie Half of a Yellow Sun will finally premiere in its home country in August, the film’s producer announced on Tuesday. The move came after Nigerian censors had earlier refused to approve it, saying the movie could undermine national security. The censors had demanded cuts and it was unclear on Tuesday …

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Kagoma weekly market in the Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda. (Pic: IRIN/RSC)
Economic freedom for refugees: The Ugandan model July 8, 2014

When a team from Oxford University’s Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in – from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, …

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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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