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Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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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A Cycle of Racism, Violence & Retaliation in America
10 months ago

A Cycle of Racism, Violence & Retaliation in America

The trouble with violence is that it begets violence as evinced by the recent shooting of five Dallas policemen by Micah Johnson, an African-American man, following the killing …
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There are so many Omar Marteens here
10 months ago

There are so many Omar Marteens here

Last month while Mr. Omar Mateen murdered our kinds in Orlando we were partying again in Zaria, an ancient major city in the north of Nigeria. Reuben’s birthday party. He’s twenty-three …
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Afro Hair in a Rapunzel World
11 months ago

Afro Hair in a Rapunzel World

My family moved to Paris for the first time when I was four years old. This was an entirely new experience for me because up until that point, …
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My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White
11 months ago

My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White

Preta, pretinha, black, blackie, nega, negress, and sometimes even cor do pecado, or color of sin. Here are some synonyms of affection for black women in Brazilian Portuguese. …
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Creative Culture: Expressing the Nuances of African Existence
11 months ago

Creative Culture: Expressing the Nuances of African Existence

I have never considered myself an “artist”—I have never felt like I could. I don’t formally paint or sing or dance, and so it took me a long …
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The Great Fear of Elections
11 months ago

The Great Fear of Elections

I was sitting in a taxi in Accra, windows rolled down, hawkers’ parading their wares and the afternoon sun was as it is in the tropics this time …
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