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Nairobi: Men’s chastity belts for sale
June 19, 2015
A men’s clothing store in Nairobi has an interesting new product for sale: chastity belts with an iron padlock for $20 each. The product was designed to help men to protect themselves from being sexually harassed by their wives, after a ... Continue Reading →
(L to R) Burundi Foreign Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe, South African President Jacob Zuma, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete attend the summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi. (Pic: Reuters)
Tanzania’s female politicians being trained to campaign in a male-dominated political world June 18, 2015

Aspiring politician Asha Salum is busy trying to convince people in her area of Dar Es Salaam to support her candidacy for a council position at elections later this year, one of a growing number of women seeking political office in Tanzania. The softly-spoken politician, who at the age of 31 is the youngest candidate …

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg on June 15 2015. (Pic: AFP)
‘By letting Omar ​al-​Bashir escape, ​South Africa​ has sided with tyrants’ June 17, 2015

Something much greater than just South Africa’s reputation as a human rights leader on the African continent died on Monday. When Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir was allowed to escape the country in a private jet – in defiance of a domestic court order and international law – Nelson Mandela’s democracy stood in solidarity with the …

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The 11 official languages of South Africa on display at the Constitutional Court. (Pic: Flickr)
Sisters fight to save ancient African language from extinction June 10, 2015

A 95-year-old woman is helping a last ditch effort to preserve an ancient African language before it goes extinct. Hanna Koper and her two sisters are thought to be the last remaining speakers of the San language N|uu, rated as critically endangered by Unesco . The San, also known as “bushmen”, were the first hunter-gatherers …

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Host Sharon Bwogi aka Lady Slyke (L), writer and producer Daniel Kisekka aka "Survivor" (C) and rapper Zoe Kabuye aka "MC Loy" at the company's office in Kampala. (Pic: AFP)
Rapping the news in Uganda June 9, 2015

“Newzbeat” makes a catchy change from a standard news bulletin: Ugandans call the broadcasters “rap-orters”, a youth team of hip-hop artists-turned-journalists rapping the headlines. “Uganda’s anti-gay law is making news/Some countries have found it befitting to accuse/Uganda of treating gays as German Jews/Nothing to gain from this and more to lose,” rapped the artists in …

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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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