Saturday, 26 November 2016

Photo: Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Ms Fatumo Dayib, a mother of four who has over the years made a name as an activist and public health expert, has now entered the world of politics, and it is proving to be a tough ride for her ahead of the transitional presidential elections scheduled for next month. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
 Fatumo Dayib during interview with the Nation on October 14, 2016. She is eyeing the Somalia presidential seat in the ongoing elections.

Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female.
A quota reserving 30 percent of parliamentary seats for women in current elections is supposed to help bring change and place at least a share of political power in female hands — but it faces stiff resistance.
"Somali women participate in daily life but when it comes to politics it is challenging," said Deqa Yasin, the female deputy head of the national election organising body.
"How do you make the process as inclusive as possible?"

Photos: Mass killings as rebels target ethnic Fulanis in Central African Republic

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, where ethnic tensions have left 85 people dead.

The United Nations’ top genocide official said on Friday he had reports that militia fighters in Central African Republic hunted down and massacred members of the Fulani ethnic group during violence that killed 85 civilians this week.
Clashes erupted on Monday in Bria, a town about 600 km north-east of the capital Bangui, between rival rebel groups the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) and the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC).

Photo: Fidel Castro Dies at 90: Funeral on December 4th 2016

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Cuba declared nine days of public mourning Saturday for its late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, and said his ashes will be buried at a ceremony on December 4 in Santiago de Cuba.

Friday, 18 November 2016


With a highly impressive programme and line-up of performers, the 2016 Essence festival held in Durban from the 8th until the 13th of November definitely has to be one to remember. Among other heavy weights placed there, Burna Boy was part of the star studded line up of African acts that headlined the event. more pics after cut....

Photos: African Hair Awards In Midrand: ETHNIC HAIR INDUSTRY CELEBRATED

Actress Andile Gumbi and Co-host.

With its skyline view and chef prepared signature meals, T.A.S.T.E Lounge served as the hosting venue for the 5th annual African Hair Awards.  Aimed at acknowledging the contribution and work done by key players in the African Hair Industry and presenting consumers with a platform across the African Continent to engage and recognize ethnic industry players, the 2016 African Hair Awards with support from the DTI, Services SETA and Amarula were nothing but extravagant. More pics after cut.....

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

African Woman but Not Religious By Leo Igwe

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She is from Ndola in the self-acclaimed Christian country, Zambia, but currently, Cynthia lives in one of the European countries where she works as a school teacher. Not too long ago, Cynthia came out as a non-theist. She has joined the growing number of African women who openly and publicly identify as non-religious. I spoke to Cynthia some months ago and she narrated to me her tortuous journey from religion to irreligion. It is a journey that took this brave, thoughtful and curious woman across different Christian denominations but also across continents.

Opinion: Just rename the ICC to the African Criminal Court by Tananoka Joseph Whande

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Robert Mugabe has always had a habit of referring to himself in the first person plural.Whatever he dreamed about the night before and wants to turn into law the next morning becomes “we decided that…”
Ego is a very fragile thing that has to be pampered minute by minute and, in the case of an African president, at a great cost to a nation.
African leaders never miss the opportunity to remind everyone outside their borders that they are sovereign nations that are free to do as they please.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Annie Idibia set to train 1000 women and youth for free as her Birthday Gift

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Annie Idibia

As a birthday gift to her fans, Annie Idibia is set to give back to society, by giving out free skill acquisition programme for two weeks in Lagos and Akwa Ibom States.

The actress said the decision was borne out of the many blessing she has received over the years.

Born in the month of November, the actress stated that she decided not to ask for any gift from God this year, but would like to give back and contribute to the society at large.

Photos: This Is What It’s Like on the Front Lines of Nigeria’s Unseen Hunger Crisis By Ghilda Chrabieh

 Zulyatu (center),16, and her younger siblings rarely have enough to eat.

After her father died two years ago during a Boko Haram raid on her village in Yobe, Nigeria, 16-year-old Zulyatu, her younger siblings and their mother fled to Biu, a town in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state. A year ago their mother left for another town to get treatment for high blood pressure from a traditional healer, leaving Zulyatu alone to care for her siblings, 12-year-old Abubakar and 8-year-old Amira. More pics after cut......

Nigerian Soldiers & Police Sexually Abuse Boko Haram Victims, Human Rights Watch Says

 Some of the Chibok Girls Released by Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers and policemen have raped and sexually abused women and girls fleeing the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
Forty-three cases of “sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation”, were documented in July, HRW said.
The women and girls were housed at seven camps in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency began. That insurgency has displaced more than two million people and killed some 15,000 in Nigeria’s northeast.

Who is South Africa Queen o Hip Hop and Dance: Babes Wodumo or Chomee?

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Between urban pop sensation Chomee and rising kwaito starlet Babes Wodumo who is SA Queen of Dance? For many years Chomee has reigned unchallenged as the queen of dance because of her hypnotising and sexually provocative antics but since the sudden rise of the Wololo hit-maker, her legion of fans and industry critics have tipped the KwaZulu-Natal bombshell, whose You Tube dance vids have all surpassed a million viewers. To FOB readers who is your choice? More pics after cut....

Photos : Economic Freedom Fighters EFF President Jacob Zuma Must Resign Protest at Pretoria’s Church Square:

The Third largest political party in South Africa are presently gathered at the Pretoria Church Square in a Jacob Zuma must resign protest. According to their young and vibrant leader  Julius Malema "Fellow fighters‚ we are here to demand the resignation of Jacob Zuma‚ therefore you are not at the wrong place.
“We are going to be here until we get a proper signal. If Zuma doesn’t hear us today‚ we are not going anywhere.” The opposition have continue to call on President Zuma to resign as President of the Biggest democracy in Africa as a result of several charges including the Nkandla episode and of recent the dropped charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two former SA Revenue Service officials, the Grupta cases and within the Ruling ANC the performance of his party in the last Municipal elections where some major strongholds were lost. More pics after cut....