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Sunday 21 September  
language diversity
language diversity
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Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

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
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Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

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
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Article: Stop the gay-bashing. Africa should focus on other things

RNW Blogger Shaun Matsheza explains why he believes that 'what every raging homophobe needs is to sit down and talk to someone who is on the receiving end of their vitriol.'  By Shaun Matsheza, Hilversum

Video: My Song: Working ‘the field’ to reap the benefits of being Zimbabwean

Zimbabwean singer Netsayi flipped the script of an old song by fellow countryman and legendary musician Thomas Mapfumo. Her track ‘Sara Regina’ tells the story of Regina who is urged to stay home and work the field.

Article: Northern Nigeria: Looking back on the year 2000 attacks

Did you attend school fearing for your life? Did you have a neighbour who wished he had killed you when he had the chance?

Article: 'Freedom of the press' in Ethiopia

Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, who had been arrested in April, have been charged with terrorism for having links with the US-based Ginbot 7 opposition movement, and for planning attacks.

Article: How Godfrey in Zimbabwe surfs the web

How do you surf the web? RNW posed this question to readers around the world. This week we bring you an interactive portrait of Godfrey from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.

Article: Ugandan student forced into porn now under threat

A Ugandan university student who was trafficked and forced to act in porn films vows to continue with the campaign against human trafficking in spite of threats. By Joseph Elunya, Kampala

Article: I'm in love with my teacher

Teachers and high school students are having romantic relationships, whether we want it or not. The question is: is it a bad thing when teachers and their pupils are in love with each other? And should something be done about it?

Article: Uganda’s white-collar motorcycle taxi drivers

Ugandan authorities are grappling with a new kind of problem: school teachers dodging classes to operate a motorcycle taxi business. By Joseph Elunya, Bukudea

Article: Young southern Zimbabweans shun the army

Young men and women from Matabeleland in southern Zimbabwe are shunning recruitment in the army, largely because of bitterness over past military atrocities.

Article: Super Malala in Nigeria

This week, Malala Yousafza visited Nigeria in support of the school girls that were kidnapped by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram three months ago, and their parents.

Video highlights

My Song: Bringing down the system with hip hop
Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi is considered as one of Africa's hip hop...
My Song: Dreaming of money to buy dreams
It’s an old and well-known saying: ‘Money makes the world go...
THE WORLD'S MOST LETHAL EPIDEMIC IS NOT EBOLA, IT'S THIS…
The spread of Ebola across West Africa is sad and shocking, but there's...