In The Diaspora

By Dr. L A Morrison | Articles pertaining to Africa, and people of African descent. Articles, news clips, interviews, and media segments.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

For nearly a century, people have reported mysterious epidemics of permanent paralysis in rural regions of Africa. In 1990, Hans Rosling a Swedish epidemiologist andpop-starstatistician, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month, linked the malady to cyanide in the staple crop, cassava.<p>But …

Africa

500 Nigerians who fled Boko Haram have been sent back by Cameroon

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the U.N. …

Boko Haram

Fox producers apologize to Kenya for using footage of the Westgate attack in a TV show

In the latest episode of Fox’s spy thriller, <i>24 Legacy,</i> a counterintelligence agent briefs US authorities on the possibility of a terrorist attack by the show’s main villain. Footage of some of the criminal mastermind’s past work show masked gunmen stalking and shooting their victims in a mall, …

TV

New claims over scale of ex-Gambian leader's theft from state coffers

Ministers say scale of looting by autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh was much higher than originally thought and that he left country $1bn in debt<p>The former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh stole far more money from the state than previously thought, the new government has alleged, leaving the …

Africa

Thursday’s best TV: Born Too White; Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Absorbing documentary explores the plight of albino people in east Africa; unhelpful polemic from Trevor Phillips. Plus: new Dutch drama The Swingers<p><b>Born Too White</b> <br>9pm, BBC2<p>Typically absorbing This World documentary, exploring the shameful plight of albino people in east Africa. Oscar Duke, a …

TV

How Boko Haram’s Sex Slaves Wind Up as Sex Workers in Europe

Fleeing from the brutality of jihadists, thousands of women and girls wind up in camps where they’re sexually abused. To them, prostitution in Italy sounds like escape.<p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—It’s minutes past 4:00 pm local time, and Sarah, as we’ll call her, has just returned to her tent in an …

Refugees

South Sudan’s man-made famine demands a response

FOR VICTIMS of hunger in South Sudan, the world has been tilted into a bleak tableau of want. By international standards, 42 percent of the population is now classified as “severely food insecure,” an unprecedented level, and many are enduring the most severe trial of all, famine. By the peak of …

Africa

Suspect in killing of T-Pain’s niece is found dead

Authorities say the man suspected of killing rapper and record-producer T-Pain‘s niece has been found dead from an apparent suicide.<p>Tallahassee …

Crime

Who is Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's vice president and acting head of state?

Osinbajo has been acting as president while Muhammadu Buhari is on medical leave in London.<p>Nigerians have been wondering whether vice-president Yemi …

Nigeria

Viral Photos Show Black Women Simply Unbothered By Police Intimidation

These images say it all.<p>Twitter user Matthew Cherry compiled a series of photos of badass black women protesters refusing to succumb to police intimidation.<p>Cherry made the collage of photos on Sunday as a homage to Black History Month. His tweet includes the famous 2016 photo of Iesha Evans ― whose …

Racism

Jay-Z to become first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

<b>Jay-Z has several reasons to be happy right now.</b><p>Less than a month after it was announced he and his wife Beyonce are expecting twins - he is to receive a top songwriting honour.<p>Jay-Z is to become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the US.<p>A handful of artists who are …

Music

Why does a Nigerian Muslim leader want to restrict polygamy?

<b>Polygamy is widely accepted all over Nigeria but one of the country's most prominent Muslim leaders is trying to ban the practice - in some cases.</b><p>Why are multiple spouses under scrutiny?<p>Men who cannot afford more than one wife are the catalyst for these reforms.<p>The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, …

Islam

Fire rips through a local suburb in Nigeria’s commercial capital destroying dozens of ramshackle homes.

There were no reported casualties from the fire which started around 7 pm. Residents say the fire was caused by a power surge.<p>Dozens of buildings were burned to the ground in Ebute Metta, a community along the Lagos lagoon where sawmills process timber brought from across Nigeria.<p>Lagos is the …

Nigeria

Coloured skin: the body art of Aida Muluneh – in pictures

Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh returned to her homeland to cut through the cliches of ‘animals, war, and famine’ with ultra-colourful images

Aesthetics

Army must return stolen golden sword to restive Niger Delta says President Buhari

Return of traditional symbol of authority in Gbaramatu Kingdom part of efforts to promote peace.<p>Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is believed to …

Nigeria

Dream to become: Dr. Canady inspires an aspiring surgeon

Dr. Williams with<br>Dr. Canady at Clinical Congress 2016<p>As a 14-year-old high school sophomore, I was selected as one of 23 students in northern …

Education

People In South Sudan Are Facing A Famine — And It Could Only Get Worse

UN agencies and the South Sudanese government have warned the ongoing war has left nearly 100,000 people.<p>Famine in South Sudan has left 100,000 people facing starvation and nearly 8 million people in need of immediate assistance, UN agencies say.<p>Dire shortages, caused by the long-running civil war …

Africa

Solar power lights up lives in Nigeria

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options.<p>The founders of Dutch company Lumos knew they could do better: In Nigeria, for the …

Renewable Energy

Louisiana woman hailed as a hero for stopping man from beating police officer

Authorities said a Louisiana woman “made a big difference” Sunday when she jumped on a suspect’s back to save a police officer from a brutal beatdown.<p>Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was being hailed as a hero, The Advocate reported. Williams-Tillman was driving to a store, listening to gospel music on …

Law Enforcement

27 killed in DRC after Maï-Maï fighters target Hutu civilians in North Kivu

Local leaders urged for protection after ethnic Nande rebels attacked Hutu civilians in Rutshuru territory.<p>At least 27 people have been killed and …

Africa

Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa's bone harpoons

A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone …

Anthropology

Why opposition parties in southern Africa struggle to win power

Julius Malema and his fellow opposition EFF MPs being bundled out of parliament for disrupting President Jacob Zuma's speech. Sumaya …

Democracy

Burundian refugees in Uganda too scared to go home

Burundi is campaigning for the return of its refugees from Ugandan camps. The government is afraid that opposition groups may be forming while in exile. But Burundi’s refugees are not about to return voluntarily.<p>In 2016, Uganda took in more African refugees than the whole of Europe. This generosity …

Africa

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in four countries face starvation

The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.<p>The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.<p>The United Nations Mission in …

Africa

Metairie man jailed after truck hits fiancee on Valentine's Day, JPSO says

A Metairie man with several prior arrests on suspicion of driving while intoxicated is behind bars after authorities said his pickup truck struck his …

Malawi albino attack survivor: 'I am too scared to sleep'

<b>Femi Achulani survived an attempted kidnapping in Malawi by people wanting to kill for her for her body parts.</b><p>In Malawi, like other countries in the region, people with albinism are hunted down because of the belief that potions made from their body parts can bring good luck and wealth.<p>She told the …

Africa

O.J. Simpson Might Be Sprung From Prison This Summer

Will “The Juice” be loose in summer 2017? It’s possible, even probable, according to legal experts who have analyzed his case.<p>Orenthal James “O.J.” …

James Brown's Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Stubblefield was best known for Brown’s 1970 single, Funky Drummer, which was sampled on 1,000 songs, including by Public Enemy and Ed Sheeran<p>Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.<p>His wife, Jody Hannon, …

Music

Girls volleyball coach arrested 'over sex with 15-year-old pupil on team'

A girls volleyball coach has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl on the team.<p>Willyncia Joy Harper was reportedly …

Crime