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Kampala is becoming a space between a rock and a hard thing for Museveni

Kampala is becoming a space between a rock and a hard thing for Museveni

Uganda stages new protests against the regime of Yoweri Museveni. The opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, returned to the country after receiving treatment for his wounds in Kenya, but the pressure exerted on him by police on Thursday prevented him from going out. This has re-awakened the ire of citizens who complain of rising prices of products and fuel. Since last February 18 when Museveni won the presidential elections, the opposition has organized several protests against an election considered fraudulent.

POLITICS

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the democratic sham

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the democratic sham
JOSÉ NARANJO

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Today we start a series of articles on the longest-serving African presidents. They are seven heads of state that, as a rule, started rigging elections, oppressing their people and banning liberties. They are seven surviving dinosaurs south of the Sahara and, to a greater or lesser extent, they fear contagion from the Arab spring that can reach them. We start with Teodoro Obiang.

POLITICS

Ouattara and Wade, friends and allies

Ouattara and Wade, friends and allies

The new president of The Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, was on Thursday in Dakar on his first visit since he was sworn in, on May 6, to meet his Senegalese counterpart, Abdoulaye Wade.

POLITICS

A woman will run for the presidency of Cameroon

A woman will run for the presidency of Cameroon
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

Kah Walla is not an ordinary woman. Combative, incisive, willing to stand up to President Paul Biya in Cameroons presidential elections, to be held in October. She is 46 years old and represents a new generation of African uninhibited women seeking to change things in their countries.

POLITICS

Obiang desings the committee for the constitutional reform of his dreams

J. NARANJO

The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, has already released the list of persons to serve on the committee for the constitutional reform. Its presents are people of the regime or close to it. Of its 31 members, only 2 of them are members of the opposition and at least one of them will not participate in the committee because the CPDS has already announced that it will not participate in this new farce of the regime of Obiang.
 

POLITICS

The incredible fast, vertical and hard to believe reform of Obiang

The incredible fast, vertical and hard to believe reform of Obiang
J. NARANJO

Equatorial Guineas president has set a date for his announced constitutional reform, which must be prepared at the end of this month of May, submitted to Parliament within less than a month and submitted to referendum in November and December. A reform as fast, vertical and hard to believe that looks more like an attempt to improve the image of his regime for fear of contagion from developments in North Africa.

ECONOMY

Africa, a paradise for investment

J.N.

Foreign investors see great potential in investing in Africa, as has been shown in a recent research conducted by Ernst & Young, a world leading audit and consulting company, which includes an analysis of investment in Africa over the last decade and a survey of 562 executives from around the world about how and where to invest in the next ten years.

POLITICS

Nigeria faces its most controversial vote

Nigeria faces its most controversial vote

Post-election violence had delayed the election of governors in the country, which was finally carried out on Tuesday. Traditionally, these elections have been the most controversial and those that have generated more riots. Yesterday, in fact, three bombs left several people dead in the state of Bomo. During the weekend, several people were also killed at a meeting of ACN.
 

POLITICS

A member of MINURSO, accused of "sexual abuse and exploitation”

TXEMA SANTANA | Islas Canarias

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The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon acknowledged in the UN report of the situation in Western Sahara up to eight cases of misconduct that have been investigated during the last twelve months. One of the complaints, these include military and civilian components, accuses a member of the UN delegation of sexual abuse and exploitation. Seven complaints have been closed, while one is still being investigated.
 

POLITICS

Chocfingers wins again in The Ivory Coast

Chocfingers wins again in The Ivory Coast
GUINGUINBALI

The war to oust Laurent Gbagbo in The Ivory Coast has also had other winners, in addition to Alassane Ouattara and his rebel army. A British investment fund, whose director for Africa is the stepson of Ouattara, designed a huge speculative operation that has made the company win millions of dollars. An operation that needed to stem the flow of cocoa from the country for several months. The international community was the necessary accomplice.
 

POLITICS

The day France toppled Gbagbo

The day France toppled Gbagbo
PATRICE DOUH | Abidjan

The fall of Laurent Gbagbo in The Ivory Coast will always be remembered as the day the French army forces stormed the residence of the Ivorian president and put him in the hands of the rebels. The weight of France in this change of government was reflected when the new president, Alassane Ouattara, had on Monday a long telephone conversation with Nicolas Sarkozy. Simone and Laurent Gbagbo stay in the hotel Golf.
 

SOCIETY

11 countries have reduced by 50% their malaria deaths, but it is still an African issue

11 countries have reduced by 50% their malaria deaths, but it is still an African issue
L.G. | Islas Canarias

The National Geographic Store in Madrid has joined Medicusmundi on World Malaria Day to raise awareness and mobilize both the public and governments in the struggle against this endemic disease, third leading cause of infant mortality in the world. An estimated 800,000 people die every day from a mosquito bite, about 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, where it causes one out of every six deaths of children. However, progress has been made, says UNICEF, and National Geographic wants to do its bit.

POLITICS

The US distinguish between Morocco and Western Sahara (I)

T.S./J.M. | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Washington

The European Parliament has in its possession a report prepared by the current World Bank President, when he was Secretary of State for Trade of the United States, which separates Morocco from Western Sahara. In fact, in the free trade agreement signed with the American country, he called for avoiding negotiations that would include the Saharan territory. It will be used as documentation for new trade agreements between the EU and Morocco. And it will condition them.

POLITICS

Obiang prohibits demonstrations in Guinea

Obiang prohibits demonstrations in Guinea
J. NARANJO

The Equatorial Guinean government decided to prohibit the demonstration planned for Wednesday March 23 in Malabo, that had been organized by the opposition group Peoples Union (UP). The demonstration mixed political and socioeconomic demands from a real democratic opening in the country to housing and employment. This month, two other attempts to demonstrate by the opposition party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) were also prohibited on March 8 and 20.

POLITICS

Morocco: more pressure on the throne

ZINEB EL RHAZOUI | Rabat

The street has responded to Mohamed VI, the royal speech of March 9 has not convinced anyone. Larger than the first national demonstration on February 20, protesters repeated on March 20 the message send to the State and opened the door to a new series of protests.

POLITICS

The humanitarian crisis the world doesn't want to see

The humanitarian crisis the world doesn't want to see
BEATRIZ BARRAL | Nueva York

The earthquake in Japan and the fighting in Libya have shifted the focus of attention. But there is a major humanitarian crisis in The Ivory Coast that has worsened in recent weeks.

POLITICS

Benin: war of figures and nerves after the elections

Benin: war of figures and nerves after the elections
FAUSTIN ADJAGBA | Cotonou

Proclaimed throughout the electoral campaign by the party of Boni Yayi, the outgoing president, with the term a knockout blow, that is to say, winning the majority in the first round of presidential elections; the event was considered by the opposition and the majority of public opinion as almost impossible. But after the elections, it appears to have become a shield wielded by supporters of Yayi.

ECONOMY

Cameroon has a new carrier, Camair Co

Cameroon has a new carrier, Camair Co
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

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This times the charm. The first flight of the new national airline is scheduled for March 28 as announced last week in Douala, where posters have been announcing it for weeks as in major cities and in the media.

ECONOMY

Nuclear power plants in Africa? There are a few, but also plans for more

Nuclear power plants in Africa? There are a few, but also plans for more
TXEMA SANTANA

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The earthquake and tsunami on the northeast coast of Japan has affected two nuclear power plants. The danger is real and the surrounding area has been evacuated. But, What about Africa? Does the continent has nuclear power plants? Yes, one for now, in South Africa. But several countries have one in their roadmap and Kenya wants the east of the continent to become a nuclear engine to meet the growing electricity demand.

POLITICS

“Down with Mazjen!”

“Down with Mazjen!”
ZINEB EL RHAZOUI | Rabat

The message of the Moroccan people is clear: the all-powerful monarchy has come to an end. Parliamentary monarchy, democratic constitution and breaking with the current political class were the main slogans of the demonstration on February 20.

(Translators note: Majzen is an Arabic word which formerly meant warehouse and the Moroccan state and now refers to its oligarchy or shadow government).

ECONOMY

Dining with hippos

Dining with hippos
J. NARANJO | Madrid

Edurne Martinez came to Botswana 16 years ago and is the only Spanish woman owner of a travel agency specializing in safaris in the country. The name of her agency is African Pride. Now that the Southern African countries are opening their doors to foreign investment, this 46 year old woman from Santander (northern Spain) could be considered a true pioneer.

ECONOMY

The future of African tourism: youth training

The future of African tourism: youth training
JAVIER TEJERA | Madrid

The XXXIst edition of FITUR has just finished and, with it, also the Second Forum of Tourism Investment in Africa. African presence in the exhibition was important with a general climate of optimism due to the good forecasts for 2011 that was also noticeable in Investour. One does not known exactly if it was the victory of Spain in the last World Cup held in South Africa what has opened the eyes of some people, but the truth is that in a time of recession like the one we have now, many see a golden opportunity in Africa.

SOCIETY

Female condom is a failure in Cameroon

Female condom is a failure in Cameroon
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

One has to listen to Cameroonians, men and women, on the streets of the cities of Cameroon. It is not practical, it is ugly, I do not know it”, I have ever used it, “it does not contribute to pleasure, it does not protect ... Most of the views shows that the female condom does not find its place in Cameroonian uses.

SOCIETY

Africa's middle class has tripled since 1980

Africa's middle class has tripled since 1980
L.G. | Islas Canarias

The African middle class has tripled itself in the last 3 decades to reach the figure of 313 million people, over 34% of the continents population, according to a new report by the African Development Bank (ADB). The reasons ? Among others, the sustained increase in prices of raw materials, mass access to information, a more or less generalized progress to democracy, governments that attempt to meet the needs of their citizens, and a massive migration from rural areas to the city.

SOCIETY

"In Africa, we must talk about reparation before reaching liberation"

"In Africa, we must talk about reparation before reaching liberation"
LAURA GALLEGO | Islas Canarias

When he came to give his lecture at the conference of African Theology organized by the Seminar Manuel Aleman, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Saint Louis, Jean Louis Abbe Coly, mediator in the dialogue with Islam in Senegal, wore a black suit and the traditional clerical collar that identifies the Roman Catholic priests. When we interviewed him the next day at the vicars house where he is staying for a few days in the Canary Islands, he wore a grey shirt with the logo of a sailing competition and a crucifix around his neck. Those are his everyday clothes.

SOCIETY

Congo, where a woman is raped every minute

Congo, where a woman is raped every minute
BEATRIZ BARRAL | Nueva York

In the Democratic Republic of Congo there is no safe place for women. They are raped when they go to the market or on their way back, while working in the field or during the night at home. Rapists are soldiers, rebels, neighbours; sometimes, their own husbands. Rapes have become a daily horror.

SOCIETY

Tourism in Africa is searching solutions for climate change

Tourism in Africa is searching solutions for climate change
JAVIER TEJERA

From Monday until next Friday 20 the 5th IIPT African Conference will be held in Lusaka, Zambia. A meeting which this year aims to address the challenge of climate change for tourism in Africa and, in general, in developing countries.

SOCIETY

Uganda debates the “Kill the gays bill”

Uganda debates the “Kill the gays bill”
LAURA GALLEGO | Islas Canarias

A committee of the Uganda parliament could approve in coming days a controversial bill to punish homosexuality with death penalty. Human rights activists in the country have called on the international community to support them by signing a letter addressed to the President of Uganda, Museveni, asking for his public commitment to veto the bill. Some voices say the debate, right now, is a smokescreen to divert attention from the recent demonstrations over rising food prices.

SOCIETY

"The name of the game in Africa is: 'profits'"

"The name of the game in Africa is: 'profits'"
LAURA GALLEGO | Islas Canarias

40% of US oil imports is extracted in the Niger Delta in Nigeria. If the so-called black gold is now the measure of a countrys wealth, this should be a garden. And literally it is. Its ecosystem is one of the worlds most valued, but its population lives in poverty. Nothing got by big oil companies in this place comes back to local communities, talking about money, of course. Diseases and pollution are left every day.
 

CULTURE

Rain of cinema, thirst for entertainment

Rain of cinema, thirst for entertainment
NACHO PARA | Dajla (Tindouf)

Percy, 38, defused his last mine close to the wall of Western Sahara, in the area of ​​Bir Lehlu. Twelve hours later, after covering like a bullet a distance of nearly 400 kilometres of bare desert, he sat with wide-eyed attention in front of the Big Screen of the Desert, watching También la Lluvia [Also the Rain] close to its leading actor, Luis Tosar.

ECONOMY

Emerging but being poor

Emerging but being poor
FRANCIS KHONAN* | Atlanta (EEUU)

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The emerging countries of Africa have been on the spot since the beginning of the new millennium. With their relatively high rates of economic growth and social-political stability, these countries have been able to attract the foreign direct investment. 

POLITICS

How I escaped from horror (II)

PATRICE DOUH

A little later, after arriving at the destination (Bonoua), my benefactor gives me back my things and informs me that the armed men of Alassane Ouattara have occupied the cities of Aboisso and Noe (in the land border with Ghana). So I only have two ways to continue my journey, Adiake and Assinie have not yet been occupied.

ECONOMY

Senegal will demand visas to Europeans “for dignity”

Senegal will demand visas to Europeans “for dignity”
BACARY DOMINGO MANÉ | Dakar

The president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, has taken the decision, on April 14, on the Council of Ministers meeting, to apply the principle of reciprocity in visa issuance. And this reciprocity will be applied to all countries that require visas for our citizens to enter their countries. But Wade did not give any details regarding the period of entry into force of this measure.

SOCIETY

Chimpanzees and ecotourism walk hand in hand in Senegal (II)

Chimpanzees and ecotourism walk hand in hand in Senegal (II)
JAVIER TEJERA | Dakar

The rich biodiversity of flora and fauna that exists in the 13,000 hectares of the Dindefelo Community Nature Reserve in Senegal is unquestionable. During 2010 the characterization and socio-economic study of the Reserve was carried out. The results were somewhat unexpected. To begin with two species that were not expected in this area and two more that were unknown showed up.

POLITICS

Conde: "I want French companies back in Guinea"

Conde: "I want French companies back in Guinea"

Guineas first democratically elected president, in December 2010, after 50 years of dictatorship, paid a few days ago an official visit to Paris. There, Alpha Conde gave an interview to Le Figaro in which he speaks about the coming of an African Spring.

SOCIETY

400 organizations oppose Ethiopia's Mega-dam

400 organizations oppose Ethiopia's Mega-dam
L.G. | Islas Canarias

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Some 400 organizations have signed a petition against the highest dam in Africa that will be delivered to the Ethiopian embassies in Europe and the United States on World Water Day, on March 22. The dam, according to Survival International, is threatening the lives of at least eight indigenous peoples, some 300,000 people, and is a lucrative business for China, Europe and the United States, all involved in its construction.

SOCIETY

Kara Kara and the millet of hope

Kara Kara and the millet of hope
ENRIQUE VAQUERIZO | Niamey

A cheerful and colorful mess would surprise any traveler randomly coming to this neighborhood lost in an African country. He might be disappointed to discover the source of such excitement in some anonymous bags stacked in a warehouse. Inside those bags, however, he would find the seed for the future of an entire community. We are facing one of those stories of mystery, joy and hope that only Africa give us from time to time.

POLITICS

The celebration of political Change, a new waste of money by Wade

The celebration of political Change, a new waste of money by Wade
BACARY DOMINGO MANÉ | Dakar

One billion CFA francs (1.52 million euros). This is the money the Government of Senegal, led by Abdoulaye Wade, plans to spend for the Eleventh Anniversary of political change in Senegal, which takes place this Saturday to commemorate his arrival to power on March 19, 2000. Liberals and their allies have decided to organize a big party at a time when the country is facing a multiple crisis: lack of electricity, rising commodity prices, political insecurity and impunity.

SOCIETY

Henriette Ekwe or the fight for freedom

Henriette Ekwe or the fight for freedom
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

Cameroonian journalist Henriette Ekwe, a historic freedom fighter, was one of the winners of the prestigious 2011 International Women of Courage Award granted on March 8 by the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during a ceremony in Washington.

SOCIETY

Malaria treatment is still expensive in Cameroon

STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

Cameroonian President Paul Biya had promised that the treatment of malaria would be free for children under five years from February 1. However, in practice, everything stays the same because people have to pay the fees for drugs to treat a disease that is the leading cause of death in the country.

SOCIETY

Education is always a good idea

Education is always a good idea
LAURA GALLEGO | Kafountine (Senegal)

When Javier Fesser shot the beautiful film Binta and the Great Idea, he wanted to denounce a situation: the difficulties faced by women in southern Senegal to access education. What he would probably never have imagined in his wildest dreams is that someone would think about a direct remedy. But it was this story that inspired Jaume, who, along with a group of friends, decided three years ago to devote his retirement to head a school in Kafountine. Today, with much inventiveness, many needs have been given a remedy by this NGO.

OPINION

Madrid's Qasba

Madrid's Qasba
SANTIAGO ALBA RICO

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For those who have closely followed both revolts, that of the Qasba in Tunisia and that of Madrid, it is very difficult not to experience the emotional vertigo of a déjà vu to the images of young people who have, from Monday, dignified the Puerta del Sol with their presence.

SOCIETY

What’s The Deal with Black Skin and Black Hair?

What’s The Deal with Black Skin and Black Hair?
BELINDA OTAS | London

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Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, a lecturer at the London School of Economic (LSE,) one of the UK’s prestigious educational institutions, recently caused an uproar, when he wrote an article, which claimed that Black women are…far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women. The barrage of condemnation that ensued sent ripple effects across social media platforms, from Twitter to Facebook and some calling for him to be sacked.

SOCIETY

Collective marriages are the trend in Cameroon

Collective marriages are the trend in Cameroon
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

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The banquet hall of the governors office of the Coast region, in Douala, was full of visitors on Saturday May 14. Despite the air conditioning, it was hot as hell and everyone, including the chosen ones, cooled themselves as best they could. Collective marriages, a way of fighting non-legalized unions that is popular in Cameroon. And there are good reasons for this.

CULTURE

Valsero, a hip-hop artist against censorship

Valsero, a hip-hop artist against censorship
STÉPHANE TCHAKAM | Douala

Valsero, a Cameroonian hip-hop artist, cannot sing in Yaounde on May 19, the day before the National Day. All this despite the posters announcing the concert that could be seen all over the walls of the capital and the advertising of the radio stations. The Cameroonian government seems determined to silence the voice of those opposed to the Biya regime.

OPINION

Djibouti, the forgotten African revolution

JOSEP MARÍA ROYO

On April 8, Djibouti held presidential elections that were boycotted by the opposition parties of this country in the Horn of Africa, to where popular demonstrations against the autocratic regimes of the Maghreb and the Middle East have spread. A country which is also part of one of the main axes of the US fight against terrorism. Consequently, the overwhelming victory of President Ismail Omar Guelleh to win a third term was no surprise.
 

SOCIETY

An “ever-green” revolution for Africa

An “ever-green” revolution for Africa
DENNIS GARRITY | Nairobi

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Africa faces a huge challenge. Over the next decades it must at least double crop yields to produce more food for a growing population, while fighting poverty and restoring fertility to a degraded soil. The risks of climate change make this task even more daunting. But for hundreds of thousands of small farmers in Zambia, Malawi, Niger and Burkina Faso, the future is more promising, as they have begun to use farming systems that are recovering soils and are dramatically increasing crop yields, food security and household incomes.

OPINION

A new colonization in Africa: The Ivory Coast

A new colonization in Africa: The Ivory Coast
DIOKGBÉNE BOMBOMA

At this point I guess that Helena Resano, host of the night TV news of La Sexta (Spanish television channel), and all those who demanded the intervention of the international community in The Ivory Coast will be very happy and pleased with themselves because such intervention has occurred and President Laurent Koudou Gbagbo is now prisoner of the rebel leader and loser of the November 2010 elections in favor of Alassane Dramane Ouattara.

CULTURE

In Conversation: Bill T. Jones

In Conversation: Bill T. Jones
BELINDA OTAS | Londres

The name Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, conjures up an array of images and emotions; from enigma to polygamist to human rights activist and pioneer of Afrobeat, one of Africa’s most famous musical exports. Hence, it comes as no surprise that his life has become the focus of the theatre stage in recent times. Fela! the critically acclaimed Broadway musical brought much needed excitement and change to London’s theatrical landscape, in his own words, Bill T. Jones, the award-winning director and choreographer behind the show told me why he took a chance on a man he refers to as a ‘sacred monster,’ when I interviewed him in October 2010.

CULTURE

Who Were Fela’s Women?

Who Were Fela’s Women?
BELINDA OTAS | Londres

Fela! has been described as a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, which explores the extravagant, rebellious and controversial world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. However, little has been said of the women, who shaped his life. As the acclaimed production prepares to bring down the curtain down on its London run, I thought to take the time and find out, if they were objects, subject or voices?

SOCIETY

London, the capital of Africa

London, the capital of Africa
CARLOS FUENTES | Londres

If we look at the statistics, London could be one of the most populated African cities on the planet. According to the latest census, conducted a decade ago in London and currently in the process of renovation, more than three hundred thousand people of African origin live in a city hosting 7.7 million inhabitants in a country of 63 million citizens.
 

CULTURE

Ramson, the new album of Maga Bo

L.G. | Islas Canarias

Senseless celebrate his 5th birthday with an incredible release that mixes cutting edge bass music with traditional Ethiopian instruments and folklore. Combined with the artwork, a ‘making of’ video and backed by a truly international set of remixes, it is a project that has been a year in the making. The man responsible is international bass nomad Maga Bo, a producer and DJ who literally embodies the global spirit of Senseless as a label.

SOCIETY

African solutions to alleviate hunger

African solutions to alleviate hunger
L.G. | Islas Canarias

The world has much to learn from the African continent, from its role in preventing the catastrophic climate change, to the way in which urban farmers are feeding people, and why it is essential for farmers to maintain crop diversity. That is one of the conclusions, at least, of the Worldwatch Institutes annual report State of the World 2011: Innovations that nourish the planet, a real road map that offers creative solutions, from the edge to the most rudimentary technology, that are contributing to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa.

OPINION

The force that comes from the cold

The force that comes from the cold
JUAN MONTERO | Coordinador del Área de África Centro Unesco Gran Canaria

Today I pay tribute and clap my ears instead of my hands to a small island that is fighting, something that has been silenced by large massive disinformation media, a battle of its own with European traders and the governmental riff-raff that sponsors them.

SPORTS

Biyombo, the cobalt from Lubumbashi

Biyombo, the cobalt from Lubumbashi

Bismack Biyombo or Bi-Bi is a Congolese basketball player of just 18 years that has dazzled everyone in his rookie year in the ACB. He has only been playing for a few months and is already taking part in a NBA training camp. From Lubumbashi, the region with the largest reserves of cobalt in the world, he speaks five languages ​​and wants to continue learning. His parents, proud of him, remind him to work with humility.
 

SOCIETY

Senegal, Towards the decriminalization of homosexuality?

Senegal, Towards the decriminalization of homosexuality?
BACARY DOMINGO MANÉ | Dakar

A Senegalese newspaper has reported that Senegal has pledged to decriminalize homosexuality. Although the state speaks of unfounded rumours, priests have been quick to oppose this measure with all their strength, while some civil society voices consider the initiative a great breakthrough.

CULTURE

From Nollywood to Nollybooks

From Nollywood to Nollybooks

The new publishing company Nollybooks is adapting the literature for girls for South African audiences with a series of romance novels by and for young black women. The Nollywood film industry in Nigeria has changed African cinema and Nollybooks hopes to do the same in the South African publishing industry.

SOCIETY

Africa is in fashion in Madrid

Africa is in fashion in Madrid
CARLOS VILAS | Madrid

Mamah Africa is a family business that has been working for more than twelve years on African textiles. Its owners consider that, among the many riches of Africa, textile is a prominent one, and to adapt it to European-style was for them a basic objective. Twice a year they present their proposals in shows, which showcase the dance, percussion, music and various African forms of art. Its a way to include more Africans and modern Africa, says Maica de la Carrera, responsible for designs and new collections.

SOCIETY

"Women are more innovative and that is what Africa needs, to create"

"Women are more innovative and that is what Africa needs, to create"
LAURA GALLEGO | Dakar

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Curious, adventurous, committed, feisty. In a word, feminist. That is at least how Marie-Angelique Savane understand this movement that was pioneered in Africa, as an attitude towards life. And hers could receive all those adjectives, and more. After cutting her teeth in France in the historic month of May 68, when she was a sociology student, she returned to her country, Senegal, and not only to join the struggle to democratize its institutions, but to lead the fight for the rights of women, which was also fought in the field of culture, traditions and mentality of an entire society.

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