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

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. <br>“The part of the city I drove through, it was quiet, it was …

Africa

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> …

Journalism School

Paradise Papers Africa: Calls for inquiries as politicians exposed

Published on<p>November 18, 2017<p>Reading time<p>2 minutes<p>Reporting by<p>FROM ICIJ'S PARTNERS<p>Paradise Papers Exposes Powerful Politicians, Prompts Calls For …

Corruption

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 …

UFC

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 …

Africa

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“

Schließen<p>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</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 …

Art

Rapper-Entrepreneur Akon Lights Up 2 More African Countries

Photo: Akon Lighting Africa<p>Senegalese-American rapper Akon has added The Gambia and Cape Verde to his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, a fund that …

Africa

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 …

Africa

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 …

Science Fiction

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> …

Parenting Teens

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. …

Nigeria

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 …

Africa

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 …

Art

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia and Alexia Webster

Bulengo IDP Camp- Goma, DR Congo<br>Neema Bonke, 35 years old, from Masisi has 3 children and is separated from their<br>father so is raising them on her …

Africa

Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia with Matt Kay

From the series "Losing Ground" © Matt Kay<i></i><i><br>Post by</i> <i>Juan Orrantia</i><br>"Dialogues, from Africa" is a series made in response to Alejandro Cartagena's running …

Street Photography

Sickle cell gene therapy: 'It gives me joy and hope'

<b>Sia Evelyn Nyandemo, originally from Sierra Leone, runs a campaign group to support sickle cell sufferers. She spoke to the BBC's Newsday programme about caring for her daughter who has the disease and her reaction to a new treatment which could offer a possible cure to the life-threatening</b> …

Medicine

Mozart in Nairobi's Korogocho slum

With their flutes, cellos and saxophones, the children of the Ghetto Classics Orchestra brighten the Korogocho slum.<p><b>Nairobi, Kenya -</b> Korogocho is one of the largest slums in Nairobi, with 150,000 to 200,000 people living on a plot no larger than 1.5 square kilometres. Poverty, crime, drug and …

5 Things To Know About Ghana’s Independence Day

<b>The new Ghana</b><p>Formerly known as The Gold Coast due to its abundance of the precious metal, Ghana was named after the ancient Ghana Empire, which was …

Africa

‘Unraveled Threads’: Ghanaian Artist Zohra Opoku’s Latest Work Focuses On Kente & Identity

There’s something very powerful about the way Ghanaian photographer <b>Zohra Opoku</b> has reclaimed her family’s narrative in her latest collection of …

Art

The Okavango Delta: Trip of a Lifetime

<b>Africa we love you, Botswana you are beautiful…</b><p>This is the chorus of the song that the Xigera staff sang to us the night we arrived at their magical camp. My wife, being South African, chimed in and gave them a run for their money which was most amusing. The whole serenade was a wonderful sensory …

Wildlife

Rising stars on show at Africa By Design

Next week, at the Nubuke Foundation in the Accra suburb of East Legon, 21 designers from six sub-Saharan countries will be featured at Africa by …

Cultural identity: fabric in African art

On March 6 2016, Independence Day in Ghana, a troupe of men and women processed through Accra, dressed in their mothers’ colourful clothes. Their …

7 Inspiring Young African Entrepreneurs To Watch In 2017

Next week, I will publish the annual list of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa – a list of 30 entrepreneurs who are all under 35 and making the most dramatic impact in business in Africa.<p>Ahead of that, here are 7 inspiring young African entrepreneurs who you need to watch out for …

Africa

Through The Observer’s Eyes

Several African countries will hold elections this year, the most anticipated being Kenya and Angola. As usual, the African union and the …

Africa