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· February, 2015

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2015

28 February 2015

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here's a Guide

Did you know "2m1" means "tomorrow"? Or that "C'est de la balle" means "That's great"? For anyone lost, we've collected some tips to help you understand the lingo.

Parliament Watchdog Connects Ugandans to Women MPs Through Twitter

Parliament Watch Uganda organized the #MPsEngage Twitter chat with women members of parliament to discuss the topic 'Making Women Count in Legislative Processes'.

24 February 2015

Cameroon Bloggers Rally Behind #StopBokoHaram Campaign

"My words, my pen, and the ease with which I express my feelings, choices and ideas in my writings, are my weapons."

Tanzanian Schools Will Teach Students in Swahili, Not English

President Jakaya Kikwete launched a new education system in Tanzania last week that, among other changes, will introduce Swahili as the language of instruction in schools.

Unlawful Deals by 5 Biggest Ebola Contractors in Sierra Leone

Rio's Carnival Cozied Up to Equatorial Guinea's Brutal Dictator. But Why is Everyone Surprised?

Outrage followed revelations that the winning samba school, whose parade theme was Equatorial Guinea, reportedly received 3.5 million euros from the country's President Obiang.

22 February 2015

Submissions Needed for White History Month 2015

One Woman Challenges Perceptions of Somalia One Instagram Post at a Time

Ugaaso Boocow wanted to correct perceptions of Somalia. But instead of taking to the streets or the airwaves, she took to Instagram and is primed to be a star.

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

Global Voices Advocacy

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

18 February 2015

2015 Presents an Opportunity for Free and Fair Elections in Africa

New Minister Threatens to Shut Down Zambian Independent News Site

Global Voices Advocacy

The site has been blocked within Zambia on numerous occasions, and reporters have been arrested because of suspected associations with the website.

17 February 2015

Creating a Media of Empathy One Letter at a Time

The Bridge

How can we, as media makers, help create more empathy through our reporting? How can we stop punishing people by our failure to make their stories relevant to everyone?

10 African Children’s Illustrators You Should Know

Film: The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

15 February 2015

The Release of South Africa's “Prime Evil”: It's Time to Confront The Evil of Apartheid

Emerging Threats in Cybersecurity Legislation in Africa

Is Nigeria's Postponed Presidential Election Really About Security?

Security forces will be conduct a six-week special operation against Boko Haram so "they would rather not be distracted by the elections." Some think the postponement is a political strategy.

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