The Consent of the (Un)governed

We know the world doesn’t work the way most of us want it to. We watch a bunch of badly-fitted suits stuffed with self-satisfied swagger frogmarch our nations down the road to economic calamity and climate destruction, and we try to tell ourselves that we chose this, that we have some sort of control, that there is a thing called democracy that is working more or less as it was designed to.… Read More The Consent of the (Un)governed

Irakoze, on why women need to unlearn every patriarchal lie…

Women need to take the lead. It all starts by questioning systems, institutions, culture, religions and every other thing that takes away your freedom as a woman, and then defining your own terms of womanhood. Be the woman you want to be regardless of society standards, claim who you are at any cost. Freedom always has a price and living out of the box is also expensive.… Read More Irakoze, on why women need to unlearn every patriarchal lie…

How Much Of Kenya’s Budget Is Going Towards The Health Sector?

In an article published in the Star newspaper, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee argues that while Kenya’s health financing is progressing gradually, only about 4% of the national budget is going towards healthcare.

In April 2001, heads of state of African Union countries met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector, which became a component of the Abuja Declaration of 2001.… Read More How Much Of Kenya’s Budget Is Going Towards The Health Sector?

Not enough women taken seriously in arts yet

Not enough women are taken seriously in arts yet,’ concludes Lungiswa.

To defeat this masculine monotone and create more individual voices, Marlene believes in ‘continuing to investigate difficult themes such as objectification and motherhood and challenge gender norms.’

Their work is important, necessary and thought-provoking.

‘Of course, there is a lot that has been achieved and many battles won,’ … Read More Not enough women taken seriously in arts yet

Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry

The Instagram poet Yrsa Daley-Ward has had a difficult life – an unsettled childhood, the loss of her mother and struggles with depression. But it’s these things, she says, that have made her the person she is and added an extra dimension to her first, recently published collection, Bone.

It was an episode of Coronation Street that prompted Yrsa Daley-Ward’s mother to make a confession. The soap’s storyline revealed that one character long supposed to have been another’s father, was in fact her stepfather.

I believe that every experience is positive and I wouldn’t have a book of poetry if I hadn’t gone through challenging times. Yrsa Daley-Ward, Poet… Read More Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Most Influential Woman In Africa

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named as the new face of Boots No7 beauty range, further securing her position as one of the most influential African women in the world. The move is more than a meaningless celebrity endorsement. Adichie’s love of makeup is no secret: “I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for… Read More Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Most Influential Woman In Africa

What Is The Role Of #Women In The Production Of #Information And #Knowledge?

What is holding back the agency of women? Can we name the forces erasing or hampering women’s full participation in public life? However complex or varied the issues at hand may be, there is an urgency to reclaim spaces, and open up dimensions. We asked 11 phenomenal women – intrepid academics, artists, writers, and curators… Read More What Is The Role Of #Women In The Production Of #Information And #Knowledge?

Africa beauty queen to sensitise childern on values

Face of Culture Africa, Miss Jennifer Okechukwu says she is embarking on campaigns to sensitise Nigerian children on proper values to enable them grow up to become responsible adults. This is contained in a statement issued by the beauty queen in Abuja on Wednesday. According to the statement, the campaign tagged “Our Children, Our Future”… Read More Africa beauty queen to sensitise childern on values

Connecting The Sudans Using Culture And Technology

Sudan and South Sudan have been under fire for decades from the perils of civil war, famine, poverty, corruption, Islamic jihad and other crisis that affect the countries politically, socially and economically as well as culturally. Omnia Shawkat and Salma Amin Saad decided to build a contemporary platform to voice independent opinions of the diverse, intelligent, and… Read More Connecting The Sudans Using Culture And Technology