Africa

05.09.2018

The African Great Green Wall project: a breath of fresh air

The African Great Green Wall project: a breath of fresh air

From The Great Green Wall The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. A decade in and roughly 15% underway, the initiative is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded… »

02.09.2018

#MeToo campaign for Sudanese teen highlights the need to end Western saviorism

#MeToo campaign for Sudanese teen highlights the need to end Western saviorism

By Erin Mazursky On June 27, Sudanese activists and the global human rights community declared victory when a 19-year old Sudanese woman, Noura Hussein, was spared the death penalty. She was instead sentenced to a five-year prison sentence for murdering her husband… »

24.08.2018

Africa, a history to rediscover – 8. Yaa Asantewa and the war of the Golden Stool

Africa, a history to rediscover – 8. Yaa Asantewa and the war of the Golden Stool

Yaa Asantewa was born in 1840 in Besease, a city in what is now Ghana. She was the sister of Yaya Kwasi, who granted her the title of queen mother of Ejisuhene, a part of the Ashanti empire; given that there was a matriarchal system in place, this made her… »

09.08.2018

South African Women March Against Gender-Based Violence

South African Women March Against Gender-Based Violence

By Lisa Vives, Global Information Network Thousands of women and gender activists joined together on the first day of Women’s Month to protest the rising incidence of gender-based violence across the country. The movement’s Brenda Madumise said the marchers, under the banner #TheTotalShutdown, were taking control of their destiny. “We… »

06.08.2018

Africa, a history to rediscover. 7 – Kimpa Vita, the African Joan of Arc

Africa, a history to rediscover. 7 – Kimpa Vita, the African Joan of Arc

Born between 1684 and 1686, Kimpa Vita was the fruit of a miraculous union. After the struggle of Queen Nzingha Mbande against colonialism and slavery, in 1666 another king named M’vita Kanga tried to free his people from the Portuguese. However, the rebellion ended very badly, as the Europeans possessed better weapons… »

06.08.2018

Africa, a history to rediscover. 6 – The Realm of the Congo, Queen Nzingha and the struggle against colonialism and slavery

Africa, a history to rediscover. 6 – The Realm of the Congo, Queen Nzingha and the struggle against colonialism and slavery

Africa is a land of internal migration, as it has been the case for every continent on earth. The Bakongo people arrived in the region of the river Congo as part of the first Bantù migration, bringing with them the practice agriculture and iron working. The Bakongo people were fascinated… »

06.08.2018

Africa, a history to rediscover. 5 – The Ghanaian Empire

Africa, a history to rediscover. 5 – The Ghanaian Empire

The Ghanaian Empire was after the Kingdom of Kush the largest empire of sub-Saharan Africa and one of the largest that Africa has ever known. At the time of its greatest expansion (X-XI centuries) it included current-day Sudan, Niger, Senegal, Mali and Mauritania and reached the gates of the Sahara. Like many… »

19.07.2018

The danger of a single story

The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. »

19.07.2018

Ethiopia’s Peaceful Revolution

Ethiopia’s Peaceful Revolution

By Thomas C Mountain The uniquely African Empire of Ethiopia has seen itself launched into a peaceful revolution that promises to transform one of the planets poorest countries into a modern peoples democracy. Being that I have spent my entire life living by the principle of “political power grows from… »

19.07.2018

Africa, a History to Rediscover. 4- The Manden Constitution, Human Rights in the 13th Century

Africa, a History to Rediscover. 4- The Manden Constitution, Human Rights in the 13th Century

The world’s oldest constitution was written in Africa by King Sundiata Keita, who lived from 1190 to 1255. His father, Narhe Magan, accepted marriage to a hunchbacked woman named Sologon Konde to fulfill a prophesy that foresaw the birth of a great man from their union. The child was born hunchbacked and handicapped. After… »

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