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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25Sep

Big Question – Was The Arab Spring A Fasle Dawn? -  feature in the current edition of Arise magazine. Pleae read and add your comments. Many thanks to the various contributors and to Lara Akinnawo for your help. In order to read the full article, click on image, which will open in a new browser, [...]

6Jun

Yesterday, my post was Part 1 of the 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch. Today’s post is the second and final part in the series. Enjoy! To be a young woman in Nigeria today is at times exciting, exhilarating, frustrating, but always promising. For the group of 10 young women featured here, aged between 20 [...]

26Nov

2011 has been momentous year for the Africa.  From Egypt to Tunisia and Libya, a change of guard is reshaping the continent’s political landscape. In the diaspora, a different kind of change is also taking shape as Africans challenge each other about rebuilding the continent from the powers of corridor to economic growth and social [...]

3Aug

Endometriosis affects one in ten women around the world, yet little is known about the cause of this debilitating condition which can also render its sufferers infertile. I spoke to experts and victims to shed light on a neglected and potential killer of women in their prime. Adelaide Damoah is an artist of Ghanaian-British heritage. [...]

3May

In conclusion to the two-part series on Africa’s Healthcare: Advances and Concerns, the focus today is on neglected diseases and the need for more medically trained personnel in order to meet the needs of Africa’s citizens.   Neglected Diseases – South Sudan Kala azar (visceral leismaniasis) in recent months has become a major cause of [...]

2May

Despite Africa’s economic growth in recent years, healthcare remains one area where the continent struggles. Governments are faced with the challenges of coming up with solutions that will help maintain a healthy and thriving society.  In this two-part series, I will be exploring the areas, which remain a major main source of concern and where [...]