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What do racist job ads, herbalists on buses and ‘hope sellers’ have in common?...

By Daniel K Kalinaki, Daily Monitor, 02/15/2018 Readers older than 30 probably remember a time when bus journeys were incomplete without snake oil salesmen. As soon as the bus was nearly full, they emerged, almost out of nowhere, lugging heavy bags...

Kafa, the birthplace of coffee, was a kingdom straight out of Rider Haggard

Revered as gods, its rulers would never touch food with their own hands, while their subjects prostrated themselves in the dust — and ate it By Peter Carty, The Spectator, 02/15/2018 For many of us, coffee is the lift that eases the...

Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

By Al Jazeera, 02/15/2018 Ethiopia's prime minister says he has submitted his resignation as both prime minister and the chairman of the ruling coalition. Hailemariam Desalegn's announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has...
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Inxeba gets same classification as hardcore porn, pulled from movie houses

WARNING: Rated XXX Move comes after months of protests against the film By Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 02/14/2018 South Africa’s film board has slapped the Oscar short-listed LGBT drama “The Wound” with an adult rating, effectively banning it from general theaters less than two weeks...

In South Africa, a defiant Zuma says he has been victimized: Asking, ‘What is...

By Christopher Torchia, CTV News, 02/14/2018 JOHANNESBURG -- South African President Jacob Zuma broke his silence Wednesday to disagree with the ruling party's order to resign and say he'd done nothing wrong, setting the stage for his almost certain ouster in...

Oxfam did not ban staff from using prostitutes as it would infringe their ‘civil...

By Hayley Dixon, The Telegraph, 02/14/2018 Oxfam did not ban its staff from using prostitutes because it would be "impractical" and infringe their civil liberties. In the staff training manual published on the charity's website, they say  that they would "strongly discourage" that...

How Uganda police officers ‘stole’ $400,000 from Koreans

By URN, The Observer, 02/14/2018 Senior officers from the Kampala Metropolitan South regional police command have been implicated for extorting more than Shs 1.4 billion ($400,000) from two South Korean nationals. More than five officers including the Regional Police Commander Siraj Bakaleke...

The forgotten mining town where rape is “normal”

Women and children bear the brunt of lawlessness at Durban Deep By Christopher Clark, Ground Up, 02/14/2018 Aneni* sits on a wooden armchair, staring out of her open front door, which lets a chink of sunlight into her dimly-lit lounge. Her three-year-old child,...

Najjumba is already a grandmother at 27

Early motherhood. Teenage pregnancy in Uganda stands at 25 per cent. Sumaiah Najjumba, now a grandmother at 27, is part of that statistic, having conceived at 12, narrates  By Roland D. Nasasira, Daily Monitor, 02/13/2018 When I meet Sumaiah Najjumba at her home...

Did the Queen really dance with Nkrumah? Did it change history?

THE CROWN season 2 saw the Queen making an unexpected trip to Ghana in a bid to improve Commonwealth relations with the African nation and danced with President Nkrumah. But did the scenes really happen? We fact-check the historical...
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