9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

Can Women Train Their Husbands and Get Men to Do What They Want?

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There is a nagging question that some women often ask themselves. How do they train their husbands? In a world where the rate of divorce is equal to the rate of marriage, any fresh ideas or techniques that can salvage marriages becomes enticing…. Continue reading…

9 Stunning Photos From The Hajj [+ VIDEO]

Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Grand Mosque on Oct. 23 [Hassan Ammar/AP]

More than one million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage is the largest annual gathering in the world. During the course of the Hajj, pilgrims make a lot supplications, prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford… Continue reading…

Jeffrey Gettleman and Western Media’s Narrow View of Africa

Many foreign writers on Africa are guilty of two extremes – condescension and too much praise, with the former being more dominant. It is easy to see why it is so much simpler to be disdainful. Arrogance does not require mental application. In fact, it shows a certain degree of laziness. All one has to… Continue reading…

Somalis Mark 53 Years of Independence

Amid signs of renewed hope, Somalis all over the world marked the country’s 53rd independence day. On July 1, 1960, the British-occupied northern territories and the Italian-ruled colonies formed a union to become the Somali Republic. As the country comes together on the path to recovery after a two-decade war, here’s how Somalis reacted on… Continue reading…

Top 10 Most Followed African Presidents on Twitter

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As Twitter usage continues to expand in Africa, presidents and politicians in the continent are leveraging the unique power of the micro-blogging site to disseminate their political agendas, instantly communicate with a vast majority of people, recruit citizens to help in their campaigns, and create a space for dialogue and participatory democracy. Here is Sahan… Continue reading…

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