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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.

Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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