Rafeeat Aliyu

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The cartoon that explores Afro-Mexican heritage

Most of the world may not know it, but over 1 million Mexicans identify as being of African descent. The history of Africans in Mexico is long and complex, and an animated web series is trying to...

The importance of the African food prize

African agriculture needs innovation and youth. As rural to urban migration leads to more young people leaving the countryside for desk jobs and wealth in the cities, agriculture often suffers the...

The answer to #airbnbwhileblack

Earlier this year, it was revealed that black travelers may have been facing racial discrimination from hosts while using the app Airbnb. Now, two startups have emerged offering lodging services for...

The Kenyan woman who photoshopped her way to travel

Seveline Kinya’s story reads like a movie or a cartoon for the social media age. Once upon a time, a girl wanted to visit China so badly that she Photoshopped herself, also badly, into photos of...

No recipient for the African leadership award yet again

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, hosts of the African leadership award, announced that there will be no winner this year. The award gives $5 million award to outstanding former African leaders over the...

You can now see the oldest university in the world

Did you know the world’s oldest learning institution may have been built by an African woman? The al-Qarawiyyin Library is located in Fez, Morocco and was built in 859, and after a restoration, was...

“Arts of the Monsoon”: Revealing links between East Africa and Oman

“Arts of the Monsoon” is a 58-minute documentary commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. It’s part of the museum’s ongoing “Connecting the Gems of...

Most peaceful African countries include Mauritius and Botswana

Mauritius is one of the world’s most peaceful countries according to the tenth edition of the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) released June 8. The GPI conducted by the Institute for Economics and...

Mobile data prices in Nigeria set to fall

There is a lot of potential for the African mobile internet market, but current data prices are too expensive. African data prices are some of the most expensive in the world and remain unaffordable...

Kenyan and Egyptian diplomats divided on racism scandal

Earlier this month, outrage erupted on social media after it emerged that an Egyptian minister referred to sub-Saharan Africans as “dogs and slaves.” This was spilled by Yvonne Khamati, the...