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Why does every African movie character have the same accent?

Hollywood has an Africa problem. The latest manifestation of this is the trailer of Will Smith’s new film, <i>Concussion,</i> in which Smith plays the real-life Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu.<p>In 2002, Omalu discovered that the hard hits US football players receive in the National Football League …

Morgan Freeman

Questioning the reality of Nigeria's reality talent shows

It’s no news the controversy surrounding the authenticity of reality television shows. Time and again, people have called into question the realness …

Michael Jackson

How Hot Pepper Became a Central Condiment in African Cuisine

Credit: Evan Sung<p>“Is it spicy?” is the question I am often asked whenever I meet someone who has never tasted African food. No, African food is not …

Die Hard

Africa’s millionaires are in Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa with some in Kenya too

It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but the Africa rising mantra increasingly rings true.<p>While there may be debate about the nature of the economic development and whether it’s structurally transformational, what is clear, however, is that there is new wealth being created across the …

Emerging Markets

Why Obama doesn’t understand the lust for power of our African leaders

Even before the dust could settle on President Barack Obama’s candid criticism of African presidents who manipulate their constitutions so that they can stay longer in power, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni – once the west’s model of a truly democratic leader – was on his way again to contest …

Africa

Africa’s Diamond Walk Is Home to Prada, Zegna, a Few Buyers

On the sparkling tiles of Johannesburg’s newest luxury retail destination, one of two customers in the Burberry shop is trying on jackets.<p>“I see …

South Africa

A List of Some of Our Favorite Nigerianisms

List-Worthy

Kenyan Women Are Quietly Revolutionizing Farming.. And The Government's Noticing

For people in central Kenya who are trying to live off the land, the challenges are many as the region is not known for its agriculture-friendly conditions.<p>But, thanks to the work of an organization working to spread innovative farming techniques, that could be changing -- and women are at the …

Do Nigerians really drink as much champagne as the French?

What do Africa’s super-wealthy spend their money on? Much the same things that rich people around the the world do: cars, houses and champagne, according to a BBC Africa report on the shopping habits of rich Africans.<p>Starting at the Luxury and Wealth Summit in Johannesburg, reporter Milton Nkosi …

Africa

Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

The continent of Africa has long been seen as the place where humanitarian aid and World Bank loans go — to attempt to save lives or to dictate how countries should grow.<p>Now there's a new movement underway — a technology movement. Young entrepreneurs from the continent are protesting the old ways …

Africa

What Obama Didn't have Courage To Say

The much-awaited visit of US President Barack Obama to Kenya is done and dusted. By nearly all accounts, it was a massive success, showcasing the …

Africa

Meet the Man Bringing Nigerian Textiles to Your Office Wardrobe

If you're looking for the perfect pick-me-up for a tired office wardrobe, look no further than Post-Imperial, the label that's using age-old Nigerian techniques to amp up your necktie<p>When Niyi Okuboyejo, founder of the label Post-Imperial, left Nigeria at the age of 14, his mother told him how …

Lupita Nyong’o to Star Off Broadway in Play by ‘Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will star at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in “Eclipsed,” the 2009 play by writer-actor Danai Gurira. Nyong’o, …

Off Broadway