Category Archives: Social awareness

Yimbégré at BAM

by Francine Holmes A few months ago, a couple of girlfriends and I attended the world premiere of Yimbégré, a wonderful performance conceived by talented African choreographer Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo, at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). The show opened on … Continue reading

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

by Francine Holmes I first heard of ‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell’, a documentary directed by Gini Reticker and produced by Abigail Disney, back in February 2014, when I attended the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. It was there that I had the … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day

African Commission announces World AIDS Day theme World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and … Continue reading

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‘I am a Liberian, not a virus’: west Africans hit back against Ebola stigma

With Ebola panic spreading across the US, a social media campaign aims to counter discrimination Continue reading

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#MoussercontreEbola (Lather Against Ebola)

By Francine Holmes #MoussercontreEbola (Lather Against Ebola) It’s the Ivorian twist on the ‘Ice Bucket’ challenge to motivate the African population to adopt better hygienic practices to combat the spread of Ebola. For those who plan on doing this challenge … Continue reading

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2014 FIFA World Cup

by Francine Holmes The 2014 FIFA world cup has Africa all over it!  The continent is well-represented with 5 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria. I will be rooting for Cote d’Ivoire, obviously!  We are currently the … Continue reading

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The Sin Of Being Female

by Patrick Gathara In the last few days, our airwaves and social media accounts are inundated with opinions on what the verbal and physical abuse perpetrated against a female journalist and a female MP mean. I came across an online … Continue reading

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Telephone a l’African

No longer do you have to settle for the monotone and ordinary ! ByKL provides colorful and original iPhone cases, with your favorite African and tribal prints  including Ankara, kente, aztec and even bogolan. Because your iPhone also deserves to … Continue reading

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Half of a Yellow Sun, here I come

by Francine Holmes I should start off by stating that: Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a great read. I have owned this book for a while now, since 2009 to be exact. I purchased … Continue reading

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Born Free Generation, First Time Voters in 2014 South African Elections

by Francine Holmes 20 years ago non-white natives in South Africa were not allowed to vote. Today, millions are heading to the polls in what is being called an ‘historic election’. Historic primarily because it would be the first election … Continue reading

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