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A bowling alley in Asmara. (Pic: AFP)
Eritrea’s unique architecture under threat
August 22, 2013
Eritrea’s capital Asmara boasts buildings unlike anywhere else in Africa, a legacy of its Italian colonial past, when architects were given free rein for structures judged too avant-garde back home. Modernist architectural wonders in this highland city include a futurist ... Continue Reading →
Economics, politics and a rural Zimbabwean wedding August 21, 2013

Two Saturdays ago, we set off from Bulawayo at 6.30am in a Land Rover Discovery for my cousin sister’s wedding. It was scheduled to start at 9am at Zvegona Church of Christ in rural Zvishavane, a town well known for asbestos mining but which has now been taken over by Mimosa, a lucrative platinum mining …

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Suspected Somali pirates wait for the start of their trial on June 24 2010 at the Shimo la Tewa maximum prison  in Mombasa. (Pic: AFP)
Towards freedom: Somali pirates in a Kenyan prison August 20, 2013

Once upon a time, they terrorised the Indian Ocean, seizing dozens of ships every year, extorting millions of dollars in ransom money, and eventually drawing a military response from the international community. Now the pirates of the Horn of Africa are in danger of becoming extinct. It’s not just that warships patrol the waters with …

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The "Tasha" print block bustiere with the "Joyce" prints n tulle ruffle skirt.
Bold and beautiful dresses August 16, 2013

Rue 114 is a Ghanaian fashion brand that caters for the plus-size woman. Launched in 2011 by Serwah Asante, the brand celebrates beauty in all shapes and sizes.  Forget ‘forgiving’ black and boring pastels – their latest collection in particular is bold, beautiful and anything but understated. Fun, colour, print and a flair for the dramatic …

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President Robert Mugabe addresses a rally on July 28 2013. (Pic: AFP)
‘Life goes on’ for women in Mugabe-led Zimbabwe August 15, 2013

Everyday Tendai Phiri* (32) wakes up early to set up her cardboard stall along one of Mabelreign suburb’s main roads where she sells airtime, biscuits, cigarettes and savoury snacks to passing motorists and pedestrians. Beside her makeshift stand, she unwraps the swathing she uses to bind her nine-month-old daughter to her back. She then lays …

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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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