Across Africa, statistical offices gather and calculate crucial economic data that help guide policy making for their own governments as well as international development agencies. There’s just one problem: The numbers are often guesses — and sometimes flat out wrong.
Welcome to Lagos, Nigeria, where the chaotic streets of the biggest city in Africa’s most populous country pulsate with the energy of an economy on the uptick, a place where anything—including the wildest kinds of corruption—is possible.
It’s not the best time to be gay in East Africa: Everything from homophobic gangs to homophobic legislation are making life unlivable in several African states. Fortunately, at least, it’s getting people to talk.
In this three-part series, Toronto Review correspondent Sigrun Marie Moss will examine Ubuntu, the meta-philosophy of Sub-Saharan Africa. This third and final installment, examines whether the belief may serve to escalate, rather than decrease, conflict.
The program started to convince girls that menstruation wasn’t embarrassing enough to miss school. It grew. Then they started speaking up. Writing poetry about rape. And accusing the teachers. Cynthia Vukets reports.
The far from democratic state is still recovering from the 1994 genocide, where as many as one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered. A photo essay by reporter Debra Black.