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Why Don’t African Women Write Their Stories?

Originally published by On Our Radar. “A story that deserves to be told does not forgive silence” The African Women’s Writers’ workshop in Uganda. Photograph courtesy of the author. I am writing from the African Women’s Writers’ workshop in Uganda, the first ever regional non-fiction workshop for African women writers which aims to strengthen the… Read More Why Don’t African Women Write Their Stories?

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Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along… Read More Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

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Wheeling into bumpy university student politics: the exceptional story of Anne Mercy

Walking the talk… “The future rewards those who press on.I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself.I don’t have time to complain.I am going to press on”-Barrack Obama. When I contacted her on phone on my intention to meet her for an interview, I was impressed by her reaction. Warm, but clearly indicating that… Read More Wheeling into bumpy university student politics: the exceptional story of Anne Mercy

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A Song in Seven Stanzas for Our Granddaughters

A GRANDMOTHER credit to google 1.Tradition and the remembrance of things past,Are a re-discovered countryOf things we struggle against;Where as pygmy women we stand tall among the BantuAnd name ourselves Babongo.We stand here, compassionate witnesses,To witches who are just mothers, to mothers who are just loyalTo those who who wrestle snakes to feed their children,And… Read More A Song in Seven Stanzas for Our Granddaughters

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Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh: Ebola victim and everyday hero

The doctor prevented the spread of Ebola in Nigeria – and paid with her life. Now we should honour her, and the other health workers whose dedication is inspiration. A candlelight vigil for Stella Ameyo Adadevoh and other Ebola victims in Abuja, Nigeria. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters Last month, the Nigerian government released the 2014 National… Read More Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh: Ebola victim and everyday hero

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Defying disability: From coffee plantations to the Nyeri County Assembly

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”-Steve Hawking Hon Kanyi preparing for an official meeting.  After a two hour drive from Nairobi  to a town that is… Read More Defying disability: From coffee plantations to the Nyeri County Assembly