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· May, 2021

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from May, 2021

Two transgender women in Cameroon sentenced to five years in jail for ‘attempted homosexuality’

"Which law punishes trans [women] for wearing a skirt?" Nobody should be imprisoned based on mere suspicion without proof, argues the defense counsel for Shakiro and Patricia.

Curtain falls on Kenya's Benjamin Ayimba, first African coach outside of South Africa to win a Sevens World Series Cup

Rugby is the only team sport where Kenya has consistently excelled in the world, and Ayimba played a big part in that success.

Will the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon ever roar again on the football field? 

Cameroon's women's national football team has experienced setbacks. But deputy head coach of the squad is convinced there is a glimmer of hope in sight. 

Approval of benefits for employees of the Assembly of the Republic causes protests in Mozambique

Other Mozambican civil servants do not enjoy the same benefits.

Netflix’s new series on Yasuke, the African samurai, is a new dawn for Black characters in animation

Rather than a biography of the African Samurai, the a six-part series takes the void of knowledge post-1582 as a starting point to a re-imagined alternate reality and fantastical story.

Instances of online gender-based violence pile up in Kenya

In Kenya's male-dominated online space, women are often targets of verbal abuse.

From child refugee to journalist: How Liberian Tecee Boley paved her own path in media

Motivated by the traumatic experiences during her childhood that led to the death of her friend, Boley has used journalism as a powerful tool for change.

Burundi is releasing thousands from jail, but many political prisoners remain behind bars

The authorities seek to relieve pressure on the country's overcrowded jails as well as improve diplomatic relations, notably with Europe, which has imposed sanctions on Burundi following its controversial 2015 elections.

Angolan government bans Brazilian TV channel, alleging ‘irregularities’

The government justified the suspension of Record TV África with the fact that its executive director was a "non-national" citizen. The network has since replaced him with an Angolan director.

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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