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The Stories You Need To Know: Strict Dress Code for Ugandan Civil Servants, Mali To Use Gardening To Fight Malaria, And More

A team of researchers is testing out a method of gardening that could help fight malaria.

MALI–A team of researchers is testing out a method of gardening that could help fight malaria. They believe that removing flowers from a common shrub kills off lots of the older, adult, female, biting insects that transmit malaria. Read the full story here.


UGANDA–The Ugandan government has instructed civil servants to “dress decently.” Women have been ordered to not show any cleavage, wear brightly colored nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses. Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–South Africans aren’t pleased with the ruling party, the ANC’s stance on white monopoly capital. ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Joel Netshitenzhe was quoted saying, “There is no reference to monopoly capital as an enemy of the ANC or an enemy of the National Democratic Movement. If they were the enemy, what do you do to the enemy? You destroy the enemy and so with our approach to monopoly capital, there might be areas of divergence. We need to regulate, and you need to discipline them where it is necessary.” Read the full story here.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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