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Talking About Us: Here's What Major Media Outlets Are Covering on Africa

A monthly series dedicated to reviewing recent feature stories on Africa from some of the biggest publications out there that we think deserve a look.

Major western publications are often slammed for providing a warped view of news from the continent.


Other times they have some of the most accurate reporting out there. Truth is, no one publication has a monopoly on the truth.

In the spirit of reviewing a diversity of sources—our new series "Talking About Us" is dedicated to reviewing recent feature stories from some of the biggest publications out there that we think deserve a look.

Why Namibian Chiefs Are Taking Germany to Court

The Economist is a London-based weekly that offers insight into international news, politics, business, finance and technology. In a story from today they write about the ongoing saga of the Herero and Nama people's attempt to get justice. Germany committed the 20th century's first genocide when they reacted violently to the Herero people's rebellion against German colonists in 1904. The colonists seized and settled much of their land. It's estimated that 80 percent of the Herero were killed, along with half of the Nama people's population. Some leaders of the Herero and Nama filed a lawsuit against Germany in a New York court in pursuit of proper financial reparations, but the fight hasn't come without its challenges.

The 5 African Countries Where Change Isn't Coming, for Better or Worse

Time magazine is a New York City-based weekly news magazine that provides informative guides to what is happening in the worlds of health and science, politics, business, society and entertainment. The presented a report last week on five African countries—Kenya, Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa—and how the lack of political change reflects stagnation of progress in each country.

Shackles of Tradition in Ethiopia: A Child-Bride at the Mercy of Men

Der Spiegel is an independent, German weekly news magazine and one of Europe's largest publications that reports on a wide range of topics including politics, business, science, culture and more. As part of their series in March on child marriages, they speak with Abaynesh, a 14-year-old girl who had dreams of becoming a doctor, but was married off instead. Her fate of exchanging an education for housework is a fate shared by many girls in Ethiopia.

Morocco-Nigeria Pipeline: The Future of West Africa or Chimera?

Le Monde is a French daily afternoon newspaper covering national and world news in-depth. In December 2016, Ithmar Capital, the Moroccan sovereign wealth fund, and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority signed a strategic partnership agreement to build a giant pipeline that would connect Morocco and Nigeria along the Atlantic coast. The pipeline will cover nearly 4,000 km and is expected to cross 12 countries. In recent news, Morocco and Nigeria announced the launch of a feasibility study for the mega-energy project. The implementation of the project appears to be very complicated.

How Nigerian Oilman Igho Charles Sanomi II Built A Commodities Trading Giant

Forbes magazine is a global media company focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle. They feature Igho Sanomi today, who's the founder of Taleveras—an international commodities trading company that's involved in a spectrum of global energy markets: crude oil and refined petroleum products, natural gas and power. Based in Dubai and Abuja, Taleveras is one of the largest independent energy traders on the continent. Here's how Sanomi grew his company to be one of the largest physical commodities trading companies in Africa in just over 10 years.

Three Tales of Mogadishu: Violence, a Booming Economy…and Now Famine

The Guardian is a liberal, British daily newspaper that gives the latest on world news, sports, business, opinion, analysis and reviews. The Guardian US covers American and international news for an online, global audience. Mogadishu has shown itself to be a resilient city as it continues to rebuild and grow economically despite ongoing violence. The city is now faced with a new challenge—providing aid for Somalis impacted by the worst drought in 40 years and famine. The Guardian reports on their visit to a camp Monday on the outskirts of Mogadishu of more than 100,000 people and counting.

UK Downplayed Killings in Zimbabwe to Guard its Interests, Study Claims

According to a new study in The Guardian from Tuesday, London officials are accused of being "willfully blind" to the massacre of thousands of dissidents by Robert Mugabe in the 1980s to protect the UK's interests in southern Africa and their relationship with the former colony's new ruler.

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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