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· April, 2017

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from April, 2017

30 April 2017

A Royal Misdemeanour Makes for a Heated Discussion in Nigeria

"I even love the Ooni of Ife more after the snub meted out to him by the uppity head of a tiny chiefdom. Oba Akiolu of Lagos played himself."

CNN Reignites the Great West African Jollof Rice War During Visit to Nigeria

Cries of indignation rang out all over Nigeria after a CNN journalist put the country's information minister in a tight spot with a provocative question about a popular dish.

29 April 2017

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

22 April 2017

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

20 April 2017

Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission Admits Protesters Were Killed, but Shifts Blame Away From Government

“God Save Us from Subservient Human Right Commission that intimidates the public”

19 April 2017

Burundi's Political Instability Is Worsening the Country's Food Crisis

While the whole of East Africa has been hit with a serious food crisis due to extreme weather, Burundi's political volatility has made the situation worse.

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

17 April 2017

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Global Voices Advocacy

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.

Some of Ghana's Media Houses Are Social Media Stars, While Others Take a Pass

The 1st Quarter Social Media Index report for 2017, released by the non-profit organisation Penplusbytes, surveys the use of social media by newspapers, TV stations and radio stations.

13 April 2017

Two Mozambican Universities Want to Ban Short Skirts and Dreadlocks

"If the students follow these rules, it is because they don’t have the balls to assert their human rights, and they deserve the university where they study".

12 April 2017

Survivors Share Their Stories About the Dangers of Migrating Across the Sahara Desert

"...most migrants wish to forget and move forward with their lives and therefore tend not to share their experience with peers who are still back home."

9 April 2017

In Madagascar, People Remember One of the Deadliest French Colonial Wars in History

"...I would just like to spare a thought for all the families who know that they paid a price in spilled blood for the country..."

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

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