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KIBRA/KIBERA, NUBIANS/KENYANS

When modern Kenya was being forged, a small group of Nubian soldiers and their families were recruited to guard those building it. They fought here, lived here and built lives here, but today they are still struggling to be a part of Kenya – a struggle they think would end if they could just get land of their own.  Modern day Kibera Kibera. The infamous Nairobi slum is home to poverty, crime, disease and about 170,000 residents. They live without running water and electricity, and with the threat of crime…

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PROSTITUTION GOES DIGITAL

Prostitution is one of the oldest trades known to mankind, dating back to the existence of civilisation. Women and, with the advancement of years, men, have lined dimly lit street corners, luring clients for centuries. And now in the current digital era, prostitutes around the world, Kenya included, are moving the trade to a new frontier – the internet. The woman is posing in front of a purple backdrop where, on her right, there are the words, “Nairobi Call Girls” with a phone number beneath that for contacting her. On…

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THE DELAMERE STORY YOU HAVEN’T HEARD

The Delamere family has called Kenya home for more than a century, a part of the country for so long that it’s questionable whether there would be a Kenya today without them. And yet it’s perhaps Tom Cholmondeley’s murder cases that locals associate most with the family, an ugly stain that brought them back into the public awareness after years of solitude and quiet, stirring past emotions that had been tucked away. But while there were daily media reports, much of the family’s history was quickly bypassed and buried –…

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Yearning for an all-embracing African feminism

Does feminism in Ghana mean that the women who get most respect are either mothers or superwomen? Who will speak up for marginalised women – the sex workers, the lesbians, the sex positive? And is there a homegrown African feminism that will embrace us all? Woman in Tamale (Ghana), photo: Stefano Peppucci When I began to call myself a feminist in high school, the general response I got from many of my friends was amusement. Who were feminists? Male­bashers? ‘Independent’ women? Why was it so necessary anyway? We were children…

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Pione Sisto’s parents celebrate their son’s Denmark call up by interrupting press conference with Ugandan song and dance

Pione Sisto’s parents decided to celebrate their son’s call-up to Denmark’s Under 21 side by interrupting a press conference and making a song and dance about it. The FC Midtjylland midfielder is originally from Uganda but is eligible to play for Denmark as he moved away from his homeland as a baby. The Danes have moved quickly to hand him an international call-up following the 19-year-old’s impressive start to the league campaign – and to mark the occasion his parents performed a tribal dance in front of the cameras Pione…

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Nigeria’s ICT Strides Given Global Commendation

At the official opening ceremony of Nigeria’s pavilion at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World in Qatar, the newly elected Secretary General, Houlin Zhao, commended Nigeria on its broadband policy initiatives and the impressive successes recorded in the sector. Mr Zhao emphasized the successful deployment of 4G for commercial services saying that singular move had put Nigeria ahead of much of Europe and China, both of whom are seen as powerhouses in the sector. The ITU Telecom World is an annual forum that brings together industry’s leading names to…

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We stopped having sex because I was pregnant

Karan and Ritu stopped having sex when they found out they were pregnant. The parents-to-be, who had an active sex life, thought they might harm the baby if they made love. Here’s their story on how they lost and found intimacy with each other Black pregnant couple. Photo: Shutterstock Karan and Ritu have had a happy married life for five years. “Amongst our circle of friends and family, Karan and I are known as ‘the couple to be.’ And it’s pretty true. We love each other more and more each…

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Male birth control: can it work in Africa?

Scientists have developed a male contraceptive pill that prevents pregnancy by weakening the sperm, a process which is reversible. If introduced in Africa, could it really work? The male pill would prevent men from impregnating women by weakening the sperm. Photo: Shutterstock Traditionally, contraception methods have largely been customised for women with men having fewer options. This however may be about to change with the emergence of new birth control methods for men. A male contraceptive pill is just one of them. Developed from an Indonesian shrub, scientists claim that it…

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Why do Americans love ancient grains?

  Would you like to taste the health-giving grain found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun? Or feast on the unprocessed kernels said to have been stored on the ark by Noah? Or how about a vodka made from traditionally farmed Bolivian quinoa? If any of this whets your appetite, you are not alone. In the past five years there has been an explosion in popularity of so-called “ancient grains” in the American food market. There is no comprehensive list of “ancient” grains, but the category is generally agreed to…

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Letter from Africa: Ghana’s uniform lovers

In our series of letters from African journalists, writer Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians’ love of dressing up for every occasion. I do not recall I ever went through that period when young people seem to love uniforms. I have friends who were attracted to and went into nursing primarily because of the uniform. Of course, I do not discount the fact that many others took up nursing because they like caring for people. But I used to think the world was made up of those who wore uniforms and those…

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