The Fisherwomen, Chevron and the Leaking Pipe

GBARAMATU, Nigeria — When the tide rose under the rickety wooden house-on-stilts of Onitsha Joseph, a fisherwoman who lives above the twisting rivers of the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, it brought a slick of crude oil. Before long, she saw dead fish floating on oil inches thick, and fishing — her livelihood — became impossible. The fumes were so […]

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The New Magazines and Journals Shaping Africa’s Literary Scene

KISUMU, Kenya — While he was finishing his master’s degree in creative writing in England two years ago, Troy Onyango remembers, he lamented with his friends about how few literary outlets were devoted to Black writers, poets and photographers like them. For Onyango, he said, it was about, “How do we just find a space where we can all congregate?” […]

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Regrets in South Africa After Lives and Livelihoods Lost in Mass Unrest

SOWETO, South Africa — Gingerly stepping over the slick, muddied floor of a supermarket in Soweto that had just been emptied and gutted by looters, the manager fretted over where neighbors would now get their food and how he would support his wife and four children. “Our livelihoods are gone,” said Tau Chikonye, the 44-year-old manager, who had worked at […]

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South African Military Is Called In to Quell Violence

JOHANNESBURG — Government officials in South Africa deployed the military on Monday in an effort to quell increasingly destructive unrest that has gripped parts of the nation over the past several days and has led to several fatalities, tens of millions of dollars in damage to businesses and the shutdown of highways and transportation services. The volatility started with demonstrations […]

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Suicide Explosion Kills 10, Injures Dozens in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide explosion in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Friday evening, the authorities said, the second such attack to rock the city in weeks as the country enters a crucial election season. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest near a cafe close to the well-known Juba […]

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RP Global And OOLU Solar Partner To Launch Westa.Solar, A New Commercial & Industrial Solar Venture In West Africa

Westa.Solar has delivered its first 500kWp solar PPA project to Petrichor Industries in Nigeria RP Global, a leading renewable energy developer and investor, and OOLU, leader in energy access solutions in West Africa, announce the launch of Westa.Solar, a Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Solar Venture in West Africa, and the deployment of its first solar PPA project in Nigeria. The 500kWp solar […]

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#EC's in Focus This Youth Month: A Skillful Sidestep Saw the Creation of Furniture Design Firm DEFT Studios

Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives always have interesting stories to tell. For architecture grads, Zani Alberts and Martin Tallie, a dearth of project work, left them with free time to pursue other creative endeavours. Always enamoured with woodworking, they decided to delve deeper and see what they might be able to create. The results were so impressive that their hobby begat […]

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Marrakech has Always been the Real Jewel when it Comes to Shopping

Today’s next generation of designers is combining the city’s rich craft heritage with an understanding of modern design and technology, along with an openness to reference points beyond Morocco’s borders. Now a new type of product is emerging: heirloom rugs you design yourself, handcrafted tiles in millions of configurations, haute couture caftans in boldly contemporary prints. The independent brands that […]

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