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Amara Jali

I am Amara. I come from a long line of griots (jalis). My grandfather was central in my upbringing. He comes from a tradition of oral history immersed in the vast expanse of time and the pageantry of customs and rituals. But, I have come to learn the reality of the ways of the griot in the 21st Century. I became a Scribe at Grandmother Africa for exactly this reason – to keep a tradition going, in a different medium.

Childbearing: Completing the Family Tree.

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My mother had her last child at age 29—I do mean last, and not first—a handful of months before she turned 30. This sounds...

Why Feminism Is the Ploy to Destroy African Cultures.

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ABUJA — Women are the backbone of African culture. Without African women the cultural diversity of Africa—the art, the music, the dances,...

Rigatoni: Or How the Fake Anti-African FIFA World Cup Is Rigged For Europe

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There is zero percent excitement about the World Cup in Africa. It is no surprise why. After many years of taking part in this...
village, capitalism

Village for Sale

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It takes a village to raise a child. That much is known and widely agreed upon. The nature of that village, however, is ever...

Who Will Watch The Children?

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One sign that a society is on the brink of decline is that children become a burden. Who will watch the children? Societies that...

Dear Ijeawele: A Blackface Neoliberal Feminist Manifesto

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has continued her tiresome rants about women and men in Africa, much to the chagrin of residents on the Mother continent....

The Myth of Single Parenthood

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Let me tell a story. There's a woman I know who has a young daughter. Let's call this woman Ajara. The fellow who would...
girl education africa

The Politics of Girl Child Education

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BAMAKO—The recent documentary We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World is the latest plea from the west to meddle...

Muslim Women, Burkinis, and the Right to Choose

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DJENNE -- All women, including Muslim women, have the right to choose. This statement appears to be so straightforward that it would go uncontested...

The Declining Significance of Manhood

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DJENNE -- Boys will be boys. Men will be men. Do these simple statements still hold for modern African society? Personally I think not. It...