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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

Disparity in the data collection policies of some pan-African firms in Uganda raises privacy concerns

The Unwanted Witness report revealed that most of the personal data collected online violates privacy rights, with no regards for the safety and dignity of citizens.

A literary landscape in flux: Fiston Mwanza Mujila's take on Congolese and diasporic literature

According to Congolese-Austrian author Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Francophone African authors face a number of challenges, the first being the nature of the French literary scene.

COP26: Kenyan sports personalities call for decisive action to combat the climate crisis

In November, over 50 Olympians and Paralympians called on world leaders to deliver climate action during the COP26 in Glasgow in a video campaign titled ‘Dear Leaders of the World’

Access to healthcare will no longer be denied to Mozambicans because of their clothing

The Ministry of Health (MISAU) issued a statement discouraging health professionals from prohibiting the user's access to the Health Unit (US) due to clothing or other accessories.

How ‘Squid Game’ hijacked Halloween and a traditional Kenyan wedding ceremony

Despite the criticism that the series has received for its violence and gore, it has unquestionably become a global cultural phenomenon, exporting Korean pop culture to the world.

Behind the success of the Kenyan Twitter disinformation campaign to discredit the Pandora Papers

Kenya’s disinformation industry successfully manipulated Twitter’s trending algorithm to attack the Pandora Papers and protect President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose family was implicated in the exposé.

How Burhan's coup could halt Sudan's return to the international community

A telecommunications blackout couldn’t stop more than four million citizens around Sudan from taking to the streets to demand a civilian government

Facebook’s ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’ list concerns Oromo users in Ethiopia

Facebook's categorization of the OLA as a dangerous group has made many Ethiopian Oromo Facebook users feel marginalized.

Deaths of three Kenyan athletes puts focus on mental health and gender-based violence

Kenya has lost close to 45 million US dollars in revenue from sports since March 2020 due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. This has exacerbated the mental health of...

Paulina Chiziane, Mozambican writer, wins the Camões Award of 2021

Paulina Chiziane, 66, was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique and studied Linguistics in Maputo. In 33 years, this is the third time that the prize has been awarded to a Mozambican...

Pandora Papers revelations across Lusophone countries

Numerous politicians were implicated in Angola, Mozambique, and Portugal. Before that, their names had never been attached to offshore scandals.

Cameroon’s teenage cricket star Maeva Douma takes women’s sport to greater heights

Cricket, a relatively new sport in Cameroon, is on a steady rise with over 7,000 children from different regions who are now being trained for the game. 

‘I wrote the book you all wish you had when you were 15,’ says Afroczech Obonete Ubam

Czech Nigerian activist and writer Obonete Ubam interviewed ten prominent Afroczechs in his latest book, to talk about discrimination, integration and role models for an emerging community in the Czech...

Film festival documents stories of sustainable development in Africa

The festival will facilitate conversation and action among a diverse mix of creatives, innovators, activists and campaigners working on Sustainable Development Goals across Africa. 

China's reputation challenged by perceptions of low-quality projects and products in Ethiopia

In contrast to the official praise, the Ethiopian public is often critical about the quality of these projects, as well as Chinese products sold in Ethiopia.

How Namadingo is uniting generations of Malawian musicians through Reggae duet mashups

The duets have also introduced younger fans to an older generation of musicians, including Giddes Chalamanda, the oldest living legend in Malawian music today.

Kenyan government’s use of surveillance technologies to tackle COVID-19 raises human rights concerns

Kenya's 2019 data protection legislation was supposed to offer a framework for the government to acquire citizens' data in a transparent and rights-respecting manner, but some say it lacks independent...

Mozambique: innovative media initiative allows vulnerable groups to access information

TV Surdo, an initiative created in 2008, aims to produce content for people with hearing and visual impairments.

FIBA Women's Afrobasketball tournament continues in Cameroon amidst sexual abuse scandal

Reports allege that coaches and Malian Basketball Federation (FMBB) officials for Mali's under-18 and under-19 national teams sexually harassed, abused, and assaulted dozens of teenage players since 1999.

The aftermath of #EndSARS: The Twitter ban and what it means for young Nigerians

The nationwide #EndSARS movement against police brutality which took the country by storm in October 2020 demonstrated the power of digital media when used as a tool for advocacy.

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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