Africa in Focus

Jun 2021

Zambian Doctors: Still Unappreciated and Uncompensated

Zambia has around 5000 doctors for a population of 18 million. Long hours lead to burnout, medical errors, doctor suicides and depression
Jun 2021

In Conversation with VanVan: Poetry, Purpose and Power 

VanVan discusses the Zambian poetry scene, navigating the arts and culture industry, and how she uses her words to present pro-African narratives
May 2021

Sexual Terrorism in Ethiopia’s Tigray Threatens the Safety of Marginalised Women

In Tigray, sexual violence has become a weapon of war, with the state undergoing armed conflict, accounts of sexual slavery also emerge
May 2021

Black Women Globally Face an “Emotional Tax”, West African Women Bear the Brunt

“I didn’t feel welcome at all. I had to literally psych myself up every morning before going to work to conquer the feeling of not belonging”
May 2021

COVID19: The Inequalities of Student Learning, Lessons from Ghana

“school closures are increasing learning inequalities between students who attend state schools and those who attend private schools”
May 2021

Why Do We Place an Expiry Date on Women?

“At just 22, I am already feeling the weight of this socially-induced fear of becoming older, of becoming less desirable, of becoming invisible”
May 2021

Ugandan Sexual Offences Bill Criminalises Sex Workers and LGBTQ+ Communities

‘Our sexual offences laws are colonial in the sense that they are laws we received during colonisation and so there haven’t been any progressive laws on sexual offences’
May 2021

A Tale of 3 Elections, 3 Dictators and 1 Script

The three presidents have denied the legitimacy of political opponents, encouraged violence against protestors and curtailed civil liberties of its people and media
May 2021

#EveryDayFeminism Nigerian Feminist, Amarachi Nickabugu, Tweets a Misogynistic Law Every Day for Nearly a Year and Counting

“feminist advocacy should make people uncomfortable. It aims to disrupt the status quo – and there isn’t anything comfortable about it”
May 2021

Vaccination Mistrust Among Africans is Rooted in a Long-Standing History of Exploitation

Historical drug trials across the continent provide a glimpse into the sinister history of Africa functioning as a testing ground for European scientists
May 2021

Idriss Déby’s Son, Mahamat Déby Itno, Takes Over as Chad’s New President. Will Political Unrest in West Africa Follow?

Edith Magak and political commentators Nabilah Usman and Richard Ali, discuss the recent death of Chad’s former leader Idriss Déby, and the appointment of his son Mahamat Déby Itno
May 2021

On Pleasure and Belonging: Manifesting Lessons From adrienne maree brown in Egypt

“pleasure activism is the work we do to reclaim our whole, happy, and satisfiable selves from the impacts, delusions, and limitations of oppression and/ or supremacy”