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Chronicling the African Renaissance

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Peace Within Prisons Project
6 months ago

Peace Within Prisons Project

Championing a message of second chances, the Peace Within Prison Project is designed to not only help prisoners reintegrate into society upon release but to also accept and …
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The African Roots of Carnival
7 months ago

The African Roots of Carnival

If there’s one party to top them all, it’s definitely Carnival. The public celebration brings the custom of thousands of people gathering on the streets for what feels like endless …
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The Real Injustices in Caster’s Race
7 months ago

The Real Injustices in Caster’s Race

As a South African I am immensely proud of Caster Semenya but I’m also immensely proud of her as a fellow woman and as a fellow human being.


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Give Me Food (Not Marriage)
7 months ago

Give Me Food (Not Marriage)

This past summer, I went back to Togo for a visit with my mom, my aunt, and my uncle after having lived in the United States for almost …
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Building a Just Society with African Prisons Project
7 months ago

Building a Just Society with African Prisons Project

The African Prisons Project (APP) is a noble effort to improve access to healthcare, education, and justice in communities across the continent. Founded in 2004, APP believes in …
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“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface
7 months ago

“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface

In 2011, performance artist and poet, Quinsy Gario (thirty-two), was arrested for public disturbance in the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands for protesting at the traditional annual …
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Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project
8 months ago

Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project

Within their halls, the thirty-one colleges at the University of Cambridge contain portraits, sculptures, and texts memorializing notable Cantabs. Among these, however, alumni of African descent are markedly absent. Launched in October 2015, the Black Cantabs Project is combing the archives and rewriting Black alumni into the history of this centuries-old institution. Ayiba’s Debbie Onuoha spoke to the project’s co-founders about recovering the often lost or forgotten stories of Cambridge’s Black graduates, from 1849 to the present.

Njoki Wamai is a final-year Kenyan PhD student reading politics at Queen’s College and Nnenda Chinda is a Nigerian-Italian who recently graduated with a BA in classics from Downing College. Read More

Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development
8 months ago

Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Lomé, Togo, Kailend is a social enterprise working to empower women and at-risk youth through education and skills training for those who may not fit the mold of traditional schooling systems. Read More

7 African storybooks my children will read
8 months ago

7 African storybooks my children will read

Literature is an integral component of building language and communication skills. Therefore, bedtime stories and children’s books are the perfect way to hand down stories, and to preserve …
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Radio is a thing of the past—and the future
8 months ago

Radio is a thing of the past—and the future

With all the buzz around virtual reality and social media, tech enthusiasts and futurologists alike would laugh at the idea that the next big thing in the way …
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