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“We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment”

Kenyan environmentalist and activist Wangari Maathai would have turned 73 years old today. In 1977 she founded the Green Belt Movement, a non-governmental organization focused on  environmental conservation. The Movement has helped Kenyan women over the years to plant trees and fight deforestation while generating income, it is estimated that more than 51 million trees have been planted since. On top … Continue reading

We wish you a happy new year!

Since the launch of our website on March, we received positive feedbacks from our readers and supporters. Our team want to thank every single one of you who liked, shared, gave feedbacks on our opinions, articles and we also want to take this time to apologize for the irregular updates, due to our personal projects. … Continue reading

Somalia appoints first woman foreign minister

Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Said announced on Sunday the members of his new government and for the first time of the country’s history, a woman has been named as Foreign Minister. “After long discussions and consultations, I have named my cabinet which consists of only 10 members. Among them is a female foreign … Continue reading

African women through the lens of Seydou Keita

Seydou Keita was a self-taught Malian photographer specialized in Portraits. His work focuses on  Malian society during the  transmutation from a French colony to a sovereign state. His career started in 1935 when he was given his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Flash by a relative. He then spent his time mastering the Art of Photography. In 1948, Seydou … Continue reading

7 things you may not know about Africa

A short list of facts about Africa the continent itself or its countries. Africa is the most genetically diverse continent: actually, the part they call Sub Saharan Africa is the most diverse place, according to a recent study. People are comfortable viewing us only a certain way but reality and open mind show otherwise. They … Continue reading

Nigerien Tuareg Art: Meet the talented Mariama

Mariama is a self-taught Nigerienne artist hailing from Azawagh and specializing in multicolor folk abstract paintings. Her work is the representation of the free woman she is and the way she feels. I had the chance to conduct an interview with her recently, we talked about her work, inspiration, her people and home country. Enjoy! Mariama, … Continue reading

It’s Mandela Day!

July 18 marks Nelson Mandela’s birthday. On this day, we celebrate the spirit of the legendary anti-apartheid icon and activist. People are encouraged to give at least 67 minutes of their time to make a change and do something positive. In recognition of Mandela’s years of public service, use the day to give, be kind, empower people … Continue reading

Africa’s World Heritage

It’s sad to witness that the world will wait for tragic events like those happening in Timbuktu in order to realize that; yes, Africa has a huge cultural heritage. Out of the 962 sites designated by the UNESCO, 128 can be found in Africa. The first site to be  inscribed was the Goréee Islands of Senegal … Continue reading

AU’s First Lady

After months of speculations and pronostics, the African Union has finally elected its first chairwoman during the 19th summit in Addis Ababa. Doctor Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 63, succeeds Jean Ping at the  Commission of the African Union. A South African Politician ( member of the African National Congress) and Anti-Apartheid activist, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma started her career as the Minister of Health under … Continue reading

5 questions with singer and activist Aziza Brahim

We have previously introduced you to Sahrawi singer and activist Aziza Brahim. With the release of her second album “Mabruk”, we took the opportunity to ask her about her role as a Sahrawi activist, what motivated her to become one, the situation of Western Sahara and what can be done to help her people. We are … Continue reading