Tanzanian government imposes 25% tax on imported hair extensions
In Africa, the huge "dry hair" market of weaves, extensions and wigs crafted from everything from synthetic fibre to human or yak hair is worth billions of dollars. But now, Tanzania's government has announced a 25% "dry hair" import tax, which has women and industry stakeholders up in arms.
Chimamanda Adichie honored
Chimamanda Adichie was awarded an honorary degree in Fine Arts by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) at its 136th Commencement ceremony, June 2019. This degree by the RISD becomes Adichie’s 4th honorary degree in the space of one month and 11th honorary degree from a US University.
The plight of refugees
Refugees are displaced persons who have been forced to cross national boundaries and who cannot return home safely. Such a person may be called an asylum seeker until granted refugee status by the contracting state or the UNHCR if they formally make a claim for asylum. Now, the numbers and refugee camps are growing all over the world with millions of people living in extreme poverty.
Exploring the Yoruba talking drum
The talking drum is an hourglass-shaped drum whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. It has two drumheads connected by leather tension cords, which allow the player to modulate the pitch of the drum by squeezing the cords between their arm and body. We spoke with a talking drum guru and here is what he had to say.
East African nation of Sudan is in crisis
Sudan is in turmoil after the military government scrapped all agreements with the opposition and affirming that elections would be held within nine months. This is contrary to the demands of protesters who are insisting on a transition period of at least three years to allow for a free and fair election.
June 12: An activist narrates how he was scarred for democracy
In 1998, shortly after the death of Chief M.K.O. Abiola in prison, Toyin Okanlawon, along with other students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, took to the streets to protest the passing of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. However, what was meant to be a peaceful protest soon turned into a bloodbath as security agents opened fire on the protesters. Many lost their lives, while some ended up losing a limb or two at the operating theatre.