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· July, 2021

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from July, 2021

Angola's government launches a campaign to end the use of anabolic body modification

The Government of Angola launched a campaign to combat a harmful experimental practice called "jarda," a procedure that aims to alter parts of the body through chemical injections.

Mozambican journalist receives international prize for press freedom

The award winner, Matias Guente "has faced a series of threats for his harsh reporting, including police interrogations, accusations of rape, state secrecy, and conspiracy and an attempted kidnapping in...

These African animators are saving their native languages using cartoons

Animation is an effective way of teaching young Africans life skills and languages that are often not taught in schools, as most African governments adopt official languages while discouraging native ones.

Africa’s loss, their gain: How the US and UK benefit from medical brain drain

Low pay, paucity of job opportunities, poor infrastructure, and a bleak future for their children are some of the factors responsible for the mass emigration of African health workers.

Image of marijuana leaves on an energy drink creates debate in Mozambique

The authorities claim that the drink encourages cannabis consumption, which is prohibited in Mozambique.

How ‘Yasuke’ offers a new perspective on the history and current relations of Africans in Japan

The revelation that an actual African Samurai did indeed exist has triggered important conversations about his origins and the experience of the African diaspora in Japan today.

Social media became a life-saving tool for Nigerians. Now, they have to fight for it

The #EndSARS protest, the Twitter ban and the #June12 protests point to the power of social media in Nigeria. But a rattled government is bent on extinguishing that power. 

Vicious mass rape of women has become a weapon against the Tigray in Ethiopian war

A war broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia on November 4th, 2020 following building tensions between the TPLF and the federal government since Abiy Ahmed came to power...

Guinea remains closed to neighbors on African Day of Borders

The Guinean government keeps many of its borders closed following the celebration of African Day of Borders.

Access denied: the social and economic costs of Nigeria’s Twitter blackout 

President Buhari of Nigeria has perceived Twitter’s support for the 2020 youth-led #EndSARS protests, together with the deletion of his tweet, as an act of hostility.

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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