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In Rwandan culture children don’t necessarily bear the surname of their father
In Rwandan culture children don’t necessarily bear the surname of their father
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Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda

What if a Rwandan husband were to take his wife’s surname?

In Rwanda, if the new ‘law governing persons and families’ is proclaimed, a husband will be able to take his wife’s surname. The Lower House of Parliament has just voted in favour of
Liza Kamikazi
Liza Kamikazi
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Liza Kamizazi’s gift to Rwanda’s next generation

When Rwandan singer Liza Kamikazi was about to adopt a baby boy, she was thinking about what kind of advice to give him, once she would be able to call him her son. Liza decided to pen down her words and write
N'kash the fearless albino rapper
N'kash the fearless albino rapper
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My Song: N'kash the fearless albino rapper

For many people living with albinism the situation in some parts of Africa is far from perfect. In Tanzania, for example, albinos have been killed and their body parts used for religious practices.
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Article: Ebola reveals the dark side of Africa’s infrastructure frenzy

The deadly disease Ebola is spreading like wildfire on the African continent. Our blogger Sunny Ntayombya blames Africa's economic development that has led to an improved transport infrastructure.

Article: Women’s freedom of speech: old challenges, new solutions

During a creative non-fiction writing workshop in Uganda, 22 female writers from across Africa exchanged trade secrets about creating spaces for getting their voices heard. By Jennifer Thorpe

Back to school: roll calls in Africa and Gaza
Palestinian Territory Palestinian Territory Article: Back to school: roll calls in Africa and Gaza

Article: Back to school: roll calls in Africa and Gaza

After the school holidays, it's back to school for children in primary and secondary education. But unfortunately not for all children.

Article: Making a living in Zimbabwe by smuggling second-hand clothes

In Zimbabwe, where at least 450 people become unemployed every week, finding a formal job proves to be impossible for many youths. Some have resorted to smuggling second-hand clothes from Mozambique to make a living.

Article: Our native languages matter too

What’s in a name? What’s in a language? When I was growing up, I was very proud of my name. Shaun is a good-sounding name I think; very international, and it fits into the Anglo-Saxon tradition quite well.

Article: Speaking my mother tongue? No thanks, English please!

Africa, with all its diverse cultures, boasts more than 2000 languages, which is almost one third of the world’s native languages according to the United Nations. But these languages are gradually becoming extinct. How do yo

Article: Boko Haram threat dangerously exploited by elites

“In Nigeria, where pursuit of power regularly trumps a sense of responsibility to the citizenry, Boko Haram is used as a political football to score cynical personal and partisan goals.”

Article: Blind Zimbabwean teacher: “My ears are my eyes”

The blind Zimbabwean high school teacher Jacob Gwenanguruwe is one of the first disabled educators in the country to teach abled-bodied students.

The BAD boys are back
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Article: Return of the BAD boys

Article: Return of the BAD boys

The African Development Bank (Banque Africaine de Développement in French, or BAD) returns to the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan after 11 years of absence, during which period it was located in Tunis following the start of the mili

Video: My Song: Bringing down the system with hip hop

Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi is considered as one of Africa's hip hop pioneers, who has been paving the way for the genre since 1984.

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My Song: N'kash the fearless albino rapper
For many people living with albinism the situation in some parts of Africa...
My Song: Facing the roaring lion
Yves Nzeyimana Kana, lead singer of Afro-rock band Trezzor from Rwanda,...