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Chronicling the African Renaissance

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The Real Injustices in Caster’s Race
3 years 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)
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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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