News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital In Malawi, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

MALAWI–Madonna opened a children’s hospital in Malawi on Tuesday. The hospital is called Mercy James, and is named after one of the pop star's adopted daughters. The hospital was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. Read the full story here.


SOMALIA–Seven head teachers have been arrested by Somali authorities. The teachers are accused of of meeting al-Shabab militants, and are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favor the Islamist group's ideology. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Pope Francis has criticized Kenya’s powerful and wealthy individuals who are involved in land grabs. He accused them of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Read the full story here.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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