Africa 2020

By Joyce Sarpong | A fresh perspective / 2020 vision and carefully curated stories on Africa. News, sports, travel, business, insights, lifestyle, arts & culture. www.africaoracle.com

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

<b>South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places.</b><p>Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling.<p>In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of …

South Africa

Abstract Peaces: Redefining mental illness

Cape Town-based storyteller from Limpopo Tsoku Maela believes that mental illness is often misunderstood and misrepresented in African communities. …

Mental Health

Visiting Ghanaian political artist Serge Attukwei Clottey

Showcase<p>Visiting Ghanaian political artist Serge Attukwei Clottey<p>The work of Serge Attukwei Clottey is undeniably political. The Ghanaian artist …

SeRGe AttUKWei ClOttEY

Voices of African photography: Reclaiming the black body

By Olivier Laurent<p>Olivier Laurent<p>Photo editor focusing on France, Africa, Middle East and Asia<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>Voices of African Photography is a 10-part series presented in partnership with the African Photojournalism Database, a joint project of Everyday Africa and World Press Photo, to highlight</i> …

Photographers

Buki Akomolafe Is a German-Nigerian Designer to Watch

In 1991, Akomolafe moved to Germany with her family. Trips between her new home and her mother country sparked an identity crisis. "In Nigeria, I was mostly seen as the 'white, European' girl and here in Germany I'm usually the 'African girl'," she explains. "In Germany in particular, the strange …

West Africa

PICHA: Bringing Contemporary African Culture to the World Through Stock

In 2016, photographer Josiane Faubert decided to transition away from shooting and enrolled at Georgetown in Washington D.C. to study social media …

African Culture

The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa

Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.<p>There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we descended from a group of hominids who lived somewhere in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Some …

Malick Sidibé’s Mesmerizing Portrait of Post-Colonial Mali

<i>Malick Sidibé.</i> <i>Nuit de Noel, 1963.</i><p><i>Malick Sidibé.</i> <i>Mon chapeau et pattes d’eléphant, 1974.</i><p>Malick Sidibé (1935–2016) was a master of the form, a singular …

Photographers Gain Entry into Traditional African Village Where Every House Is a Work of Art

Nestled at the base of a hill, overlooking the Savannah, lies Tiébélé—an African village in Burkina Faso. First settled in the 15th Century, the 1.2-hectare commune is home to the Kassena people, their chief, and royal court—together making up one of oldest ethnic groups in Burkina Faso. In 2009, …

Amid political turmoil in Zimbabwe, a fact-checking project prepares to launch

JOHANNESBURG — Jean Mujati left Harare a day early, while things were still calm.

Investigative Stories from Iraq, Nigeria Win Global Shining Light Award

<b>Winners of the seventh</b> <b>Global Shining Light Awards</b> <b>were announced at the</b> <b>Global Investigative Journalism Conference</b> <b>tonight in Johannesburg, South</b> …

Paradise Papers Exposes Powerful Politicians, Prompts Calls For Inquiries Across Africa

Revelations by media partners as part of the Paradise Papers have exposed the offshore dealings of some of Africa’s most powerful politicians and …

Exodus

Ihr Name ist Agnes Gura. Kurz geschorene Haare, fast tonlose Stimme, stets wandernder Blick.Entgegen der Prognosen regnet es heute nicht. Sie muss …

Footage Of The Most Savage Fighting Sport In The World Makes MMA Look Pathetic

At this moment in time, the biggest story in sport is the fact that Conor McGregor, an MMA fighter, is taking on Floyd Mayweather, who many regard as …

First Look: This New Book Celebrates Women Photographers from the African Diaspora

<b>DIASPORA</b>—The last book that celebrated black women photographers in all their glory was published 31 years ago. For these black women photographers …

Mauritius shows why it could become a financial hub

Mauritian banks are becoming beacons of growth and stability in sub-Saharan Africa.<p>Unscathed by the vagaries of the oil price and unhindered by the …

„Jede Sprache ist ein Schatz an Schönheit“

von Julia Raabe <br>21.05.2017 um 08:23<p><b>Sie leben seit drei Jahrzehnten im Exil, zuerst in Großbritannien, nun in den USA. Trotzdem schreiben Sie in Ihrer</b> …

Benin: Verrückt sein ist ein Tabu

Noch immer ist eine psychische Krankheit für viele Menschen in Afrika ein Grund, davon betroffene Angehörige aus der Familie auszuschließen. Da es …

The Future of Not Working

<b>The village is</b> poor, even by the standards of rural Kenya. To get there, you follow a power line along a series of unmarked roads. Eventually, that power line connects to the school at the center of town, the sole building with electricity. Homesteads fan out into the hilly bramble, connected by …

Brave Beauties: Zanele Muholi on Self-Portraiture

South African photographer (and self-titled visual activist) Zanele Muholi has gained international recognition for her direct, powerful imagery. Muholi devoted years to a body of work called Faces and Phases (2006-2016), in which she directed her camera towards members of the black lesbian and …

Rapper-Entrepreneur Akon Lights Up 2 More African Countries

Senegalese-American rapper Akon has added The Gambia and Cape Verde to his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, a fund that has provided solar lighting …

Africa's Richest Woman Isabel dos Santos Might Resign From Sonangol

Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, might resign as Chairman of state oil firm Sonangol before Angola’s General Elections in August.<p><i>The Expresso,</i> a Portuguese newspaper, which quoted an anonymous source from Angola’s ruling party, said that Isabel dos Santos plans to leave the position …

Watch a 5-Part Animated Primer on Afrofuturism, the Black Sci-Fi Phenomenon Inspired by Sun Ra

We recognize its hallmarks in music especially. It is the province of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Afrika Bambaataa, and, in …

How parental television viewing affects teens' sexual behaviour

<i>Television programmes can influence the perceptions and behaviours of adolescents either negatively or positively. But if unregulated they can cause</i> …

How amnesty efforts in the Niger Delta triggered new violence

The introduction of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes have become common practice in countries emerging from violent conflict. …

Africa

No excuses for Ghana poverty 60 years after independence: president

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Monday the country had run out of excuses for failing to end poverty and corruption, 60 years after it became the first in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from colonial rule.<p>Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo speaks during his …

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia and Musa Nxumalo

From the series "In/Glorious (Home)" © Musa Nxumalo<p><i>Post by</i> <i>Juan Orrantia</i><p>"Dialogues, from Africa" is a series made in response to Alejandro Cartagena's …