Forgotten Tribes of South Sudan

Upper Nile, South Sudan – The reclusive Falata people represent Arab tribes who migrated from western Africa to greater Sudan starting in the 19th century, reportedly settling in the region on their return from a pilgrimage to Mecca. They are nomadic Muslims who rear vast herds of cattle and move across a wide territory in Chad,…

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Queens of Africa Dolls

The buzzing excitement around 43-year-old Taofick Okoya’s newly developed Queens of Africa –Black Nigerian/African Dolls is rapidly growing. Okoya tells the story of how in 2007, while shopping to buy his niece a gift, he couldn’t find a black doll in the shops and consequently, he decided to create his own. This innovative idea, as…

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Zimbabwe: Buyanga Makes South Africa Rich List

A ZIMBABWEAN businessman has been named among some of Africa’s youngest United States dollar millionaires with “incredible success stories” by a South African newspaper. The New Age described property and micro finance magnate, Frank Buyanga, 35, as an “entrepreneurial ray of hope”. Buyanga, who recently splashed on a US$345,000 Bentley Mulsanne, was named alongside five…

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What Makes Black Men Scary?

If you see a black man in a suit walking down the street would you: (a) immediately cross to the opposite side of the road or (b) do nothing and go on as you were? There’s no doubt that the idea of the swart gevaar (“black threat”) is still alive and kicking in South Africa….

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Letter from Senegal: bowled over

By 3pm in the sandy lanes of Kaolack the heat is unforgiving. It is hard to tell if it is more uncomfortable to move or to remain still. Pigs, chickens and sheep search in leisurely fashion through the discarded waste for food scraps. I envy the pigs their cooling mud bath. The street is brightened…

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The Ivory Trade Kills People Too

Behind every ivory trinket made and sold is a trail of human suffering and exploitation in Africa. If you buy ivory, you kill people. This is the new reality in an illicit trade responsible for large-scale human exploitation, government corruption, and the funding of rebel movements, terrorists, and criminal syndicates around the world. The imagery…

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