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Interview: Lagos Photo Festival Founder Combats Afro-Pessimism


Peep this inspiring interview in Guernica Magazine with Lagos Photo Festival founder Azu Nwagbogu. The photo festival is aimed at "representing African sensibilities" and comes at a time when photography is an emerging medium on the continent. Nwagbogu talks about the categorization of art as "African" in the west saying, "I don’t think it’s important to categorize work based on the country of birth of the photographer. It creates unnecessary dialogue with the work." It's an interesting ideology that we can't disagree with. Be sure to read the full interview here.

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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Nigerian Government Barred From Prosecuting Twitter Users

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has ordered the Nigerian government to refrain from prosecuting Twitter users, while it considers the case brought to it by civil society organisations and journalists.