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Culture feature Film

The Woman King – A Depiction of Black Pride or an Uneducated Step Backwards

“Terrific”, “Inspirational” and “Rousing” are only some of the descriptors applied to Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King (2022). With a star-studded cast that includes academy award-winner Viola Davis, alongside British black royalty Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, The Woman King has drawn in audiences across the globe and has grossed $77.3 million worldwide. However, Prince-Bythewood’s […]

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Art Culture

Benin Bronzes

The West’s constant need to keep colonialism alive and well. In November 2021 Jesus College of the University of Cambridge returned a stolen Benin Bronze – a statue of a cockerel – to Nigeria, becoming the first UK institution to do so. Sonita Alleyne, master of the college, described it as a ‘momentous occasion’. Aberdeen […]

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Features

The changing portrayal of Africa in Western media

1960s Africa. Usually, we are presented with images of conflict, violence, segregation and poverty. But an archive recently re-discovered from the vibrant city of Dakar, Senegal, reveals an entirely different side of Africa that is never shown to us in the west. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently posed the question: why does the media only […]

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Science

The world’s longest break up: the African tectonic plate

Africa is splitting in two. It may take millions of years, but geologists believe that eventually, the continent will split along the Great Rift Valley. Recently, a new crack has come to light in the Suswa region of Kenya. Heavy rains are believed to be responsible for revealing the cracks by washing away volcanic ash […]

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Review Science

Academics unplugged: tackling infections to benefit Africa

From the name, the aims of Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) seem quite straightforward: the organisation wants to stop the spreading of disease in Africa. At least that’s what I thought when I decided to attend the Academics Unplugged event on 25 January 2018. However, I soon learned that TIBA’s plans stretch far beyond […]

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Music

Band Aid is self-righteous and patronising

Geldof’s brainchild is no longer relevant in trying to solve the Ebola crisis in Africa. I recall performing the Band Aid tune “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in the 4th grade, for one of those Christmas concerts meant to impress parents. Every class participated, but my homeroom teacher, I’ll call her an ‘Oxfam type’, was […]