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18Apr

Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects, and her aim is to showcase the diversity of African culture. The Cameroonian born but London based artist has exhibited her work in various cities around the world, including; Adelaide, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Chiang Mai. As she [...]

31Mar

  The Matalana Visionary – a solo exhibition of works by one of Africa’s most distinguished contemporary artist Valente Malangatana Ngwenya (commonly known as Malangatana) is currently showing at the Gallery of Africa Art.The exhibition – a collection of pencil works, ink drawings and paintings -spans more than four decades of Malangatana’s career as an [...]

16Dec

Travelling by any means necessary, from bike, plane, bus, motorcycle, donkey and on foot may not be your ideal adventure. But for a new generation of African nomads, it’s the only way to make the dream of discovering the continent for themselves, a reality. In his bestselling book, charting an epic journey from the Cape [...]

8Dec

Violence against women is an occurrence Thandie Newton, actress and ambassador for One Billion Rising – a global initiative by Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day to raise awareness about gender violence – describes as “pandemic.”  In Africa, individuals and organisations that have long fought for the better protection of African women refuse to be left [...]

6Dec

Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will [...]

4Dec

Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will [...]

2Dec

Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will [...]

9Oct

  Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face, is arguably one of Nigeria’s best-known music artists. The African Queen-hit maker tells it as it is. Your first single, African Queen, paid homage to the African woman. What is your take on the African woman of today? For me the African Woman is very warm, strong and respectful.  [...]

2Oct

Nike Oshinowo is more than an ex-beauty queen. An entrepreneur with interest in diverse businesses, and in 2012 she organised the United Nations World Tourism (UNWTO) for Africa Conference, held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Nigeria.  In her own words, Oshinowo and why successful women must help raise future successful women. Let’s talk about Nike [...]

30Sep

On a continent where women are still routinely marginalised in corridors of political power and business, and where the fight for gender equilibrium is far from over, the inaugural Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference (WOWe) aptly spotlighted young African women entrepreneurs. WoWe’s aim is to provide a high-level networking platform that brings together the [...]

25Sep

When Zimbawe’s NoViolet Bulawayo, who was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story, Hitting Budapest, the unanimous consensus was that a new literary star was born. Her debut novel, We Need New Names, is a poignant and thought-provoking narrative about her homeland., which [...]

23Sep

In the current edition of the New African Woman magazine, there is a special focus on African women in business, under the theme, “Women Mean Business.” It is a project I am proud of because I had the great opportunity to interview some amazing women and discover others in the process of my research, who [...]

16Aug

She needs no introduction at home or internationally. Chimamanda Ngozi  Adichie is a true African icon of our times. Not only is she one of Africa’s  literary greats, she is an icon the world  has come to love and respect for her  fortitude in speaking openly and fearlessly  on issues ranging from the portrayal of [...]

12Aug

2012 was a formidable year for the African woman – the continent got its second female head of State in Joyce Banda, President of Malawi. The International Criminal Court (ICC) for the first time in its 10-year history got its first African and female Chief Prosecutor, the Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South [...]

9Aug

The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo has been described as “Pure fun” and “A delight from start to finish” by critics. The ultimate African fable, it is storytelling turned on its head from a Zimbabwean sensibility. Produced by Tiata Fahodzi, the leading British-African theatre company in the UK, [...]

5Aug

Sauti Sol’s live concerts are an eclectic display of showmanship, which yields more enthusiasm for their energetic rhythms and electric performance. Their vibrant personalities and sense of style – a combination of colourful outfits, from skinny jeans coupled with blazer jackets made from traditional Kenya fabric to vest tops with suspenders or a T-Shirt with [...]

1Aug

What does it mean to be African or an African living in the diaspora? What about the daughter or son of African migrants born outside the continent, many of whom feel a strong sense of affinity to their motherland? It is a complex and complicated process even to assert the exact number of Africans living [...]

16Feb

  I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes is an exhibition, which features renowned artists and women from the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Women in eastern Congo were provided with cameras and notebooks and were asked to respond to this phrase – I Dream of Congo, and for one week in December 2012, [...]