Can President Muhammadu Buhari now triumph over the issues facing Nigeria?

Muhammadu Buhari’s election triumph was one thing, but working to overcome the challenges in Nigeria is now quite another. Orji Sunday discusses the issues the new president must now face. Being Nigeria’s president is a  painful pleasure. After all, most leaderships, if not all are driven principally by the premise of flashy honours and thorny… Read More

WWF, human rights abuses and the need to decolonise conservation

Recent allegations of human rights abuses by the WWF not only betray a colonial attitude to conservation abroad but also reflects attitudes to people of colour in conservation worldwide, writes Beth Collier Featured image: A Baka woman fishes in the forest near Lobéké National Park, Cameroon – Tom Warren/BuzzFeed In the latest controversy for the… Read More

In developing countries, climate change is destroying our communities first

Growing up without running water in Kabanana Compound, a community on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital, Beatrice Phiri discusses how she got to see first-hand the dramatic effects of climate change.   Much of my life has revolved around the pursuit of water.  Living in my community was challenging because we all endured the difficult… Read More

Remembering Marikana – some stains won’t wash off

By  Maurice Mcleod  If your partner came home and unexpectedly gave you an expensive platinum ring, you would probably be very pleased. But if you were behaving responsibly, you’d ask them where it came from and how they afforded it. When they admitted that they stole it from the little old lady down the street,… Read More

Top 15 recently published books by writers and poets from Sub-Saharan Africa

by Samira Sawlani As the festive season begins, so does the enjoyable and/or stressful task of choosing Christmas presents for loved ones. Fret not; be it for the book and poetry lovers in your life or a reward for yourself after all that shopping, here is a list of recently published fiction and poetry by… Read More

The struggle continues for South Africa’s #FeesMustFall Students

by Mako Muzenda A young man being dragged across the road by two armed policemen. The screams and pleas of “Don’t shoot us!” went unheeded; the South African Police Service (SAPS) officers opened fire, shooting students with rubber coated bullets. Those that could run away did, but some weren’t fast enough to escape the police. Dragged… Read More

Pushed to their limits, Zimbabweans fight back

by Mako Muzenda ‘Zimbabwe’ is derived from ‘dzimba dzemabwe’, a Shona phrase which loosely translates to ‘large house of stone’. It’s tied to the ruins at Great Zimbabwe, that once powerful kingdom that forms the cornerstone of national pride and identity. It’s no surprise that when Independence rang in on 18 April 1980, that the… Read More

Prevailing racist ideas have given the pharmaceutical industry leeway to experiment on underprivileged people

A Stanford study has showed that abstinence is ineffective in reducing new HIV transmission. But why an unscientific method was even considered is confounding experts; creating bio-ethical issues and putting public health on the line. by Sophie Alal The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, was launched by ex- president George Bush in… Read More