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Akin Omotoso wins Best Director for “Tell Me Something Sweet”

Akin Omotoso wins Best Director for “Tell Me Something Sweet”

Akin Omotoso won Best Director at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his movie “Tell Me Something Sweet”. In his acceptance speech, the director said there were people who told him no one would watch this film. Omotoso was nominated alongside Sara Blecher (for “Ayanda”), Stephanie Linus (for “Dry”), Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur (for […]

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

After oil, fashion is the most polluting industry on the globe, believes Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative. But as many industries, from automobiles to agriculture, try to make their products and processes greener, the fashion industry – hardly a leader in conversations on reducing climate change – is starting to shift as […]

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, influential figures across the globe have urged world leaders to end extreme poverty by investing in girls and women. Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade and […]

Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made a powerful speech at the Oscars last night, after winning the award for best documentary short. But rather than using the platform to gush thanks, Obaid-Chinoy took the chance to speak out about the topic of her film: honour killings. The practice – where men kill their own female family members for ‘dishonouring’ […]

Soapies Generations, Muvhango in HOT SOUP over witchcraft storylines

Soapies Generations, Muvhango in HOT SOUP over witchcraft storylines

SABC’s top soapies have raised the ire of the Traditional Healers Organisation for incorporating plots which involve witchcraft and the display of local sangoma regalia. On Generations: The Legacy, viewers are getting insight into the use of intense witchcraft. The latest plot sees the character of Tshidi, played by Latoya Makhene enlist the help of […]

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has long wanted to make a movie about the thousands of women who have been, and continue to be, murdered in her country by husbands, fathers, brothers and other male relatives who believe the women have shamed their families. But she wanted to tell the story of these so-called honor killings […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

A single-stringed violin played only by Tuareg women is making a comeback in Algeria as the last of its players come to the rescue of a tradition on the verge of extinction. Women have long played the imzad in the matriarchal Tuareg communities of the Haggar and Tassili mountains of southern Algeria and neighbouring desert […]

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

South Sudanese model Ajak Deng has announced she is retiring from international runways and moving back to Australia where her career started, for “the life that I fully deserved [sic]” in her own words. The model made the announcement today on her Instagram account 67.000+ followers. The 26-year-old’s farewell comes following claims from her manager that his client […]

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

With size 14 stunner Ashley Graham covering the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it truly seems like the plus-size industry is making major strides in the media — but according to Philomena Kwao, it still has a long way to go. The 26-year-old Ghanaian-British model says that in spite of the growing acceptance of curvy women […]