There are shortcomings both of local education and local content. Millions would be far more engaged in the internet if there was more material in their local language. That’s a tall order given the 2,500 languages and dialects spoken across the continent. And as pointed out by Josiah Mugambi, executive director of Nairobi’s iHub, training consumers in how to use technology is also essential. “In some parts of Kenya, there are people who will struggle to use a smartphone, at least at first,” he says. … [Read more...] about Can the internet reboot Africa?
'He committed a crime, and he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we are going to continue to aggressively make him accountable for the wasted police resources that went into investigating what turned out to be a total hoax,' … [Read more...] about Jussie Smollett maintans his inncocence and says he is willing to ‘fight or die’ to be cleared of renewed charges he ‘lied to police’ about the ‘hoax’ race attack in Chicago
Some glimmers of hope lie in the changing legal environment. Navanethem Pillay, a judge at the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda, realised that the detailed testimony of rape provided by female witnesses was central not peripheral to charges of genocide. Lamb’s interviews with the pioneering Rwandan women who overcame fear and stigma to testify are especially moving. Eventually prosecutors added rape and sexual violence to their indictments. It was the first time that rape was recognised in an international court and prosecuted as part of genocide. The international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia went further, ruling that systematic rape and enslavement could be treated as torture and thus a war crime. Again it was a female judge, Florence Mumba of Zambia, who presided over the initial conviction. … [Read more...] about Our Bodies, Their Battlefield by Christina Lamb review – groundbreaking on women and war
In the book trade, Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho (1782) were probably the first to mobilise English readers against racial discrimination and the horrors of the slave trade. Sancho would pioneer a flourishing genre that runs from Ottobah Cugoano in 1787 (Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species) to Mary Prince in 1831 (The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave). Thereafter, during the 19th century, black literature would continue to flourish, in Britain, with Mary Seacole (no 62 in this series) and, in the USA, with Frederick Douglass (no 68). In the 20th century, this tradition was sustained by largely autobiographical prose, often focusing on the imaginative reworking of the slave experience. Some outstanding recent examples include Grace Nichols: I Is a Long Memoried Woman (1983), Caryll Phillips: Cambridge (1991) and David Dabydeen: Turner (1994). All of these titles owe some intellectual debt to The … [Read more...] about 100 best nonfiction books: No 79 – The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (1789)
The art of marketing films: Workshop for filmmakers in Nairobi Part of the audience Tina Kabuthu, production assistant at Ginger Ink Films, and Ginger Wilson, co-head of Ginger Ink TV, sat with the audience to watch the pitches and obviously enjoyed themselves. … [Read more...] about Will Netflix’s first African series open a new chapter in African filmmaking?