Africa By the Afrcans: Young Tastemakers Aim to Challenge Stereotypes of Africa

The stereotypes about Africa/Africans are too many to list here. They’re mostly negative, myopic depictions that focus on war, famine, abject poverty, disease, and corruption. In other oversimplifications, Africans are written up as model immigrants, overachieving geniuses, or displaced chiefs moonlighting as gas station attendants. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Understanding Media’s Impact on Africa’s Waves of Democracy

Media and democratization are clearly inseparable bedfellows. The relationship between the two is complex at worst and interwoven at best. From the period of decolonization in Africa to self rule —punctuated with military interregnum and full democratization, the continent has undergone several waves in her evolution as a sovereign entity. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Bineta Diop

Congo-Kinshasa: Bring Women into DRC Peace Talks – Diop

It’s a country the size of all of western Europe, with enormous mineral riches that enable the artifacts of modern life, from mobile phones and tablets to circuit boards and solar panels. It is also, by many accounts, the worst place to be a woman. Last month Bineta Diop – named by Time magazine as one…

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Kenya: the women who stand to be counted

Women in Kenya’s second largest slum, Korogocho, face forced evictions, domestic violence and rape as a weapon of gang war on a daily basis. Naomi Vulenywa reflects upon her experience of living in the slum as a women human rights defender. Slums are synonymous with women as the effects of poverty are principally endured by women….

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16 Days: from demystification to denunciation

One afternoon in 2011, a little girl was attracted into a shop in a market in a town in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon. A man held her at knife point and obliged her to have sex with him. This happened to the girl several times over the course of several months without anybody…

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Jay Naidoo: African Youth: Fulfilling the potential

Africa has two major leadership problems: firstly, its leadership is fragmented. And secondly, its leaders are stagnating. We need a bold new vision that will integrate the continent and engage the new generation in building its future. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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