Many of these archaic laws also restrict citizens use of shared or public space. (Photo/ Lydur Skulason)

No Vagrants Or Vagabonds Please, We’re Kenyan: Oppressive Colonial Laws Still On The Statute Books

Anyone found loitering, anyone who was homeless or found in the wrong abode, making noise on the streets, sleeping in public or hawking superstitious material or paraphernalia was, and still is, liable for imprisonment.


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Inequality In Africa: Southern Africa’s ‘Enclave Economies’ Most Unequal

In Namibia and South Africa, the richest 10% are responsible for more than half (50%+) of total consumption in the economy – a huge gap by any standards. It’s a legacy of how capitalism was introduced into the region


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Pretoria is famous for its jacaranda trees. (Photo/ South African Tourism)

Jacaranda Season Is Ending, But Here’s A Reminder Of How Trees Are Very Political In Africa

Even in Kenya’s dusty little border town with Ethiopia, the jacaranda tree stands out as a marker of British presence – Moyale on the Kenyan side has the trees around its town centre, on the Ethiopian side there are none


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UNAMID peacekeepers from Nigeria register locals at a clinic in Labado, East Darfur. War and disease are tightly linked in Africa. (Photo/ Albert González Farran, UNAMID)

Want To Understand The Spread Of Disease In Africa? Follow The Gun Shots

The story of sleeping sickness in Uganda tells us why you should definitely invite army generals and warlords to your next medical research conference.