Written by Sam Phatey on October 20, 2016 The Gambia will get at least USD $8 million as part of a grant, Education Achievement and Development Project to construct at least 40 new schools, help with paying teachers’ salaries and stipends and support early childhood education. Enrolment rates in The Gambia have improved since the start of the new millennium, but quality remains an issue. High teacher and student absenteeism, low content knowledge of trainee teachers, and few career development opportunities for teachers, compromise quality education in the country, according to a report by the education ministry. More than...Read More
Are there any dark skinned women in Africa? You wouldn’t know it from looking at many of our music videos
By This Is Africa on July 19, 2016 There’s no denying that Africa has some of the most talented musicians in the world. By making hit after record-breaking hit, these artists have proven that the continent’s musical talent stacks up against the best in the world. There’s just one problem: too many top artists seem to be promoting the warped impression that true beauty only comes in one form: light/white skin. Is this a wrong-headed marketing ploy or are these artists truly blind to the negative body image attitudes they are promoting? Dark girls? No thanks! : Why are...Read More
by Gloria Ogunbadejo I have spent the past couple of weeks in various states of extreme emotions. I have swung from fury, to bewilderment, to shock, to defiance, to hope, to fear, to dejection, to gratitude. This was just in response to watching the American Republican and Democratic Conventions! Prior to these two weeks, during and subsequently, these emotions were further amplified reading all the many stories of extreme gender based violence taking place globally. Add to this all the senseless terrorist attacks and killings of innocent people abroad and closer home, as well as the recent spate of racism...Read More
By Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi I gave a talk at a forum organized recently to address women’s rights issues in Nigeria. After my presentation, a woman walked up to me to thank me for my presentation which she said she enjoyed, and then said, ‘Listening to you, one would think that you are a Feminist’. I stared at her in confusion. I managed to muster a response after a few seconds, ‘I am a Feminist’ I told her. Now it was her turn to look confused. At that point, I pulled away from her to attend to someone else, grateful that...Read More
Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–October 17, 1921) Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of the Edweso tribe of the Asante (Ashanti) in what is modern Ghana. She was an exceptionally brave fighter who, in March 1900, raised and led an army of thousands against the British colonial forces in Ghana and their efforts to subjugate the Asante and seize the Golden Stool, the Asante nation’s spiritual symbol of unity and sovereignty. Yaa Asantewaa mobilized the Asante troops and for three months laid siege to the British fort of Kumasi. The British colonizers had to bring in several thousand...Read More
- Free At Last!! Gambians Have freed all December 30th Incident Heroes through a Presidential Pardon!!
Free At last! December 30 Heroes Freed from Life Imprisonment! ! The people of Gambia have freed their Heroes! The December 30th Freedom Foundation is hereby pleased to announce that all our of heroes who were part of the December 30th, 2014 incident have just been released with a full pardon, by President Adama Barrow, … Readmore