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A video by volunteers at Luket Ministries has caused a stir amongst Ugandans and friends of Uganda, although the video has been taken down, the conversation has continued amongst Ugandans. Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary [...]

How to study Africa as a European, in 2016?

For as long as there have been contacts between Europe and Africa, Europeans have studied the African continent in (almost) all its aspects. By now, I think it is safe [...]

Can Religion and African Traditional Practices Co-exist?

I grew up in a semi-strict Catholic household. We went to mass every Sunday, Sunday school was a must and I knew all my prayers off by heart from a [...]

The man who cycled across Africa

Or the art of cycling across Africa (and why you should “just do it”). In today’s interview I am very pleased to introduce you to Henry Gold, founder and director [...]

5 patriarch-busting ways the Tuareg tribe are overturning global gender stereotypes

The Tuareg are an Islamic African people, quasi-nomadic and spread across six North and West African countries. Their name originates from their nomadic tendencies, which have kept them from being [...]

Africa’s top writers discuss modern literature (and what to do if you’re haunted by ghosts)

The lovely folks over at the Guardian pulled together a liveblog Q & A with some of Africa’s top writers earlier today, enlisting the five shortlisted authors for the 2015 [...]

10 fascinating facts about the pangolin

The pangolin holds one of the most undesirable titles imaginable: that of the world’s most trafficked animal. The scaly anteater’s body parts are sold in China and Vietnam as a [...]

This map shows how modern day Africa would fit into prehistoric supercontinent Pangea

Imagine traveling from Brazil to the Congo, Pakistan to Somalia or even Mozambique to Antarctica – without setting foot on water. Well, clearly you’ve missed your chance by a fair few [...]

How many of Africa’s great river basins can you name without looking at this map first?

Africa’s great rivers source their water from a startlingly diverse range of basins. They encompass sandy deserts, vast savannahs and some of the largest, stickiest tropical forests on Earth. As the [...]

Africa is a LOT larger than you think (and here’s the proof)

If you believe your geographical knowledge is as good as Ptolemy’s, or that you’re smarter than Galileo, think again! Because what you’re about to find out will most likely knock [...]

$1 for 35,000,000,000,000,000 old dollars: Zimbabwe’s new eye-watering exchange rate

In Zimbabwe, quadrillions of local dollars are currently being exchanged for just a few US dollars, as President Mugabe’s government begins phasing out its virtually worthless national currency. The Zimbabwean [...]

Grave diggers in Ethiopia discover dazzling 2,000-year-old treasures that reveal link to Ancient Rome

An “extraordinary” haul of ancient treasures from the Roman empire and Aksumite kingdom have been discovered by archeologists in northern Ethiopia. The discoveries include everything from luxurious jewellery to bronze trinkets [...]

Maisha Marefu! Five African countries who really, really love alcohol

From the arid northern plains to the rich ribbon of jungle around the equator and the wild ocean shores of the south, alcohol is loved throughout Africa. While the highest [...]

Forget quinoa, try Teff – Ethiopia’s secret super food is going global

There’s a new ‘super grain’ making waves on the global food market. Teff is a gluten-free grain indigenous to Ethiopia and its tiny seeds are rich with calcium, iron, protein and amino [...]

Doctor tattoos African lake onto her own back to promote floating clinic

The founder of a medical service in Lake Tanganyika has gone to extraordinary lengths to promote her ‘floating clinic’ organisation by tattooing the whole of the world’s second largest freshwater lake [...]

The special relationship between Ethiopia and Djibouti

The tiny coastal nation of Djibouti has long been of great strategic and commercial significance to neighboring Ethiopia, especially so since Ethiopia lost Eritrea in the 1990s and with it access to [...]

There’s a burgeoning DIY action cinema scene in Uganda: welcome to ‘Wakaliwood’

Deep in the Ugandan slum of Wakaliga, a thriving action film industry called Wakaliwood is emerging. The scene is a uniquely Ugandan mash-up of Western action films and Chinese Kung [...]

Amazing silent footage from 1942 shows life in Congo, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and more

Amazing old footage would have been some people’s first view of the continent. This striking footage from 1942 shows life across various parts of Africa. The footage was made by [...]

These 4 books have changed the way the world thinks about Africa

Literary traditions of African and African American writers are diverse and varied, often drawing upon more oral storytelling traditions than writers from other parts of the world, giving novels and [...]

Meet AJ, the 2-year-old South African DJ with thousands of fans

Meet DJ AJ, a prodigious toddler who learnt to mix music before he could even speak.