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THAT AFRICAN KID

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Made in Africa | Raised by the world

To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked where men aren’t is to learn inequality in little ways all day long. So even if we agree that sexual imagery is in fact a language, it is clearly one that is already heavily edited to protect men’s sexual and hence social confidence while undermining that of women.

Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

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Richard Dowden: African Economies Rising – But Are They Taking The People With Them?

Africa is the world’s last great untapped resource landmass, but there are two big questions: why hasn’t it fulfilled the potential that these resources promised? And what has changed that makes them accessible now? I still cannot quite find the answers, but in the process I developed a set of rules for reporting the continent. The first one is, don’t make continent-wide generalisations. Africa is the most diverse continent on the planet – it has more than 2000 languages for example. Unqualified generalisations are useless. Every time you reach a conclusion you find several cases where the opposite is true. Ernst and Young at least mention the complexities of Africa, but then go on to make sweeping statements such as: “Africans themselves are leading the growth in investment across the continent, and display an overwhelming optimism…”

Full article here

Because we don’t know, do we? … How what happens the way it does? What underlies the anarchy of the train of events, the uncertainties, the mishaps, the disunity, the shocking irregularities that define human affairs? Nobody knows… What we know is that, in an unclichéd way, nobody knows anything. You can’t know anything. The things you know you don’t know. Intention? Motive? Consequence? Meaning? All the we don’t know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.

Philip Roth The Human Stain

It is no accident that such a high state of culture existed in Africa and you and I know nothing about it.

Malcolm X

Skin Lightening: Global Figures

  • 77% of women in Nigeria use skin-lightening products, the world’s highest percentage. That compares with 59% in Togo, and 27% in Senegal (according this this article by The Economist).
  • Queen Elizabeth I of England used lead as a skin whitener
  • Skin lightening became popular among African women during the late 1950s
  • In India nearly two thirds of the dermatological market consists of skin-lightening products

When the Rains Come- Children’s book illustrated by Malika Favre

 

The project was initiated by MUMs (Malawi Underprivileged Mothers). The book tells the story of an old folk tale from Malawi designed to raise awareness about young mothers in Malawi.-African Digital Art

Today’s Reads

Nigeria’s Crisis: A Threat to the Entire Country (Nigeria’s security or political problem: an analysis of Boko Haram, their demands and their philosophy- and how Nigerian leaders can and should respond.)

Opinion: The World Bank and the Development Delusion (“The success of the Bank’s business model hinges on the unique power that it wields over its debtors. In other words, structural adjustment programmes were not designed to reduce poverty… Rather, they were designed to pull wealth from third world governments into first world banks”- Dr Jason Hickel, LSE Professor)

Viewpoint: Are Africa’s Women on the Rise? (part of a #bbcafricadebate on twitter, the BBC asks: What constitutes women being on the rise in Africa? Who are the women of Africa? More specifically, are the women who are “rising” representative of women in Africa?)

Transcript: Mugabe Speech to 67th UN General Assembly (Admit it- you love reading Bob’s thoughts on the west)

Land scramble jeopardises years of agricultural investment (The scramble for land- in a letter to the FT)