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South African women taking charge in the newsroom

Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism, Ferial Haffajee, in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the editor in chief of City Pr ...

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Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who gave us “Half of a Yellow Sun,” has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality — being Black in America. The book was a standout among this year’s entries for the U.S. National Critics Book Circle and this week it was announced that «Americanah” captured the group’s top prize for fiction. ...

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Stampede at state-run job recruiting even leads to 20 deaths

Over half a million applicants showed up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week. Due to the crowding, 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede. The National Labor Congress and the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders are seeking an inquiry into the tragedy. The two groups condemned the immigration service for poor planning and for demanding payment from the desperate youth. ...

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Rebuilding begins of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums

Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said. Masons began work last week on the centuries-old tombs critically damaged by militants who considered the local Sufi version of Islam to be idolatrous. ...

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African environmental justice activists to visit Detroit

Two African climate justice activists will visit Detroit March 25 to meet with local environmentalists to join a discussion about the city’s movement for environmental, land and economic justice. The discussion will take place at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass, from 6-8 p.m. The event is designed to share information about environmental justice between Detroit and Africa. ...

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REPORT: South African Blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment will be halved in 10 years. What have we achieved in this regard?” ...

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Another Kenyan steals the limelight over high-praised new book

She was the “Woman of the Year,” winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Now, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita Nyong’o, has a stunning new novel under her belt that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade. ...

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‘Blade Runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius, opened this week in South Africa before hundreds of cameras and journalists from over 100 countries. Pistorius, a speed runner with two prosthetic legs, was a popular South African personality until he shot his model girlfriend last year on Valentine’s Day in his apartment. Charged with the premeditated murder of his live-in companion, ...

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Resistance rises to Africa’s anti-gay laws

Tough new laws criminalizing Africa’s LGBT community are getting some push back from Africans themselves who argue more important issues are being swept under the rug during this relentless anti-gay crusade. In Uganda, opposition leader Kizza Besigye attacked the new laws signed by President Yoweri Museveni. He disputed the claim that homosexuality was “foreign” and said the issue was being used to divert a ...

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