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What’s Trending: #BidoungChallenge

The latest viral craze to hit African social media is the #BidoungChallenge. Sparked by Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt graciously bowing to President Paul Biya and his wife during a recent reception at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations at the Unity Palace in [...]

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Kenya Seeks a Total Ban and Destruction of Ivory

Kenya used the recent 17th meeting of conference of parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to propose the destruction of ivory stockpiles and total global ban on ivory. Kenya has submitted 14 proposals covering wide range of wild species, including the [...]

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Rio Olympics Update: Top Performing African Athletes

We're well into the second week of the Rio Olympic games, and what a spectacle it has been! From Nigeria's soccer team arriving just hours before their game against Japan (which they won 5-4!) after being stranded in Atlanta, to record breaking performances by track athletes, and the first-ever refugee [...]

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Remembering South Africa’s Struggle Heroines on Women’s Day

In the 1950s, two years after apartheid was instituted in South Africa, the system’s increasingly repressive policies began to pose a direct threat to all people of colour, resulting in mass action arising from the black population to defend their rights to life and freedom. On the 9th of August [...]

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From Refugees to Olympians: 8 Stories of Hope and Resilience from African Athletes

There is something remarkable about the 2016 Rio Olympics. Amid a storm of doping scandals, revelations of corruption within the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and a wave of Zika virus panic that has caused a sizeable number of athletes to withdraw from the games, something beautiful needs to be highlighted: [...]

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EgyptAir Flight From Paris To Cairo Goes Missing

EgyptAir has confirmed that Flight MS804, carrying at least 56 passengers and 10 crew members from Paris to Cairo, has disappeared. A spokesperson for Egypt’s aviation authority reportedly told SkyNews that the plane most likely crashed into the sea. Officials say search and rescue teams have been deployed. An informed [...]

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Corruption and Poaching: The Tusk At Hand

Poachers' sophisticated network drives trafficking of ivory and horns through East Africa - By Maurice Oniango and Andrew Ochieng. Additional reporting by Wandiswa Ntengento. Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania are waging a war on poaching, but one of the greatest challenges to winning it is corruption among the people [...]

Living with AIDS

Every year, December 1 is marked as World Aids Day—a day to raise awareness and highlight the plight of those living with Aids. When officially started in 1988, over 70,000 people were reportedly living with AIDS, and it was blamed for more than 20,000 deaths. Today, it continues to infect [...]

Not Happy Being Black?

The search for beauty has led many African women (and increasingly men) to use skin lightening products. Quoting a recent study from the University of Cape Town, BBC News reports that one in three African women use bleaching products to lighten their skin. In addition to the implied sociological ills that the [...]

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The Hadza People of Tanzania

The Hadza people are the last living hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania and are one of the last in all of Africa. The tribe lives in a style developed prior to the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago and are currently an endangered people. At 5’4” with strong thick legs and [...]

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