Covid: WHO warns pandemic will drag on deep into 2022 (BBC)

BBC: Covid: WHO warns pandemic will drag on deep into 2022. “The Covid pandemic will ‘go on for a year longer than it needs to’ because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Dr Bruce Aylward, senior leader at the WHO, said it meant the Covid crisis could ‘easily drag on deep into 2022’. Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated, compared to 40% on most other continents.”

Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa’s vaccines (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa’s vaccines. “The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow’s village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: ‘I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!’ By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media: The vaccines could make your blood stop or cause you to miscarry. Women who took it wouldn’t get pregnant again.”

EuroNews: British Museum accepts Nigerian artist’s gift – but keeps looted bronzes

EuroNews: British Museum accepts Nigerian artist’s gift – but keeps looted bronzes. “A Nigerian artist who gifted his own work to the British Museum with the hopes of receiving looted colonial art back from them has had his offer declined. The British Museum accepted a bronze plaque made by an artist Osarobo Zeickner-Okoro, from Benin City in Nigeria, who entered negotiations for the museum to return priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted by British troops in 1897. He offered his creation to encourage the museum to give back the sculptures but also to demand acknowledgement of Benin City’s modern-day culture.”

263 Chat: Zimbabwe International Film Festival Returns

263 Chat: Zimbabwe International Film Festival Returns. “‘Narratives from Zimbabwe’ is a project initiated by ZIFFT in 2019, that has so far travelled around many parts of the country, documenting Zimbabwe’s rich history and heritage. The interviews, footage and photographs captured during this first phase of the project will be used to create a multi-media digital archive and interactive website that filmmakers and other creative content producers will be able to draw from as a reservoir of indigenous knowledge and inspiration.”

Google Blog: Explore the Cradle of Creativity on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: Explore the Cradle of Creativity on Google Arts & Culture. “The Cradle of Creativity, a new project on Google Arts & Culture, explores how creativity evolved in Africa from rock art to contemporary brush strokes. In collaboration with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) in Nigeria and the Origins Centre in South Africa, you can now explore 50 expertly-curated stories, featuring over 60 high-resolution Gigapixel images of artworks digitized using the Google Art Camera, 17 Street View virtual tours and, for teachers and students, a dedicated lesson plan.”

The Verge: Nigeria says it will lift Twitter ban if the company meets certain conditions

The Verge: Nigeria says it will lift Twitter ban if the company meets certain conditions. “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that he would lift the country’s ban on Twitter if the company met certain conditions. Nigeria’s government suspended Twitter ‘indefinitely’ in June, accusing the social media platform of “activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” The ban followed a few days after Twitter removed a threatening tweet by Buhari that it said violated its policy against abusive behavior.”

Associated Press: Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker

Associated Press: Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker. “Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of serving Africa’s internet development, many have benefited spammers and scammers, while others satiate Chinese appetites for pornography and gambling. New leadership at the nonprofit, AFRINIC, is working to reclaim the lost addresses. But a legal challenge by a deep-pocketed Chinese businessman is threatening the body’s very existence.”

SiliconRepublic: Alphabet’s high-speed internet project Taara is making waves in Africa

SiliconRepublic: Alphabet’s high-speed internet project Taara is making waves in Africa. “Project Taara is Alphabet’s attempt to harness wireless optical tech to make fast internet accessible and affordable. In a blog post yesterday (16 September), the project’s director of engineering, Baris Erkmen, said that its wireless optical communications links are now beaming light-speed connectivity across the Congo River…. Erkmen said that after installing links on both sides of the river, Taara’s technology was able to beam across nearly 700TB of data in 20 days with almost 100pc availability.”

Wired: In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

Wired: In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation. “ON MAY 18 of this year, the insidious hashtag #AnarchistJudges appeared on Kenyan Twitter timelines. Apparently driven by a number of faceless bots, and retweeted by a series of sock puppet accounts, the deluge of tweets cast suspicion on both the competence and integrity of senior High Court of Kenya judges that had just shot down the Constitutional Amendments Bill of 2021. Many falsely claimed the judges were involved in narcotics dealings, bribery, and political partisanship. It quickly became one of the country’s top trending topics. Such malicious, coordinated disinformation attacks are rapidly growing in Kenya, my Mozilla Foundation colleague Brian Obilo and I have found in a new investigation.”

Quartz Africa: Is it too late to fight Covid skepticism and vaccine hesitancy in Tanzania?

Quartz Africa: Is it too late to fight Covid skepticism and vaccine hesitancy in Tanzania?. “A little over one month since Tanzania started its Covid-19 vaccination drive, the country has seen slow progress, with the campaign marred by conspiracy theories and myths around the safety of the jab. Recent statistics from the Ministry of Health show ~300,000 people have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson shot. This translates to ~0.5% of its 58 million citizens.”

The Conversation: Virtual exhibition breathes life into Lesotho’s musical tradition and clay art

The Conversation: Virtual exhibition breathes life into Lesotho’s musical tradition and clay art. “The start of the news broadcast on Radio Lesotho is signalled by an unforgettable vibrating sound, rather harsh, as if made by a large bird. This is the lesiba, a musical bow. The lesiba was played by boys and men as they herded cattle, before radios and cellphones began to take the place of the national musical instrument. Nowadays, there is little apparent concern for maintaining interest in the lesiba at school or any other national level in Lesotho. The unique sound of the instrument – once evocative of a rural way of life – seems to exist in a disconnected, disembodied fashion on the radio.”

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’. “THE sorry state of the first office of the National Archives of Nigeria at the University of Ibadan, which was established in 1954, has been a major concern to some stakeholders. A conference was organised recently by Marina Roundtable Limited at the University of Ibadan to brainstorm on how to revive the archives for national development. Both the town and the gown were in attendance.”

Black Travel Alliance Launches “History Of Black Travel” Website (Travel Agent Central)

Travel Agent Central: Black Travel Alliance Launches “History Of Black Travel” Website. “Black Travel Alliance, in partnership with Tourism RESET, has launched a new website ‘History Of Black Travel,’ with an aim to educate the public on how the African diaspora has traveled across the globe, progressively making their mark within the travel industry, from centuries past to the present day.”

Washington Post: They were the world’s only all-female army. Their descendants are fighting to recapture their humanity.

Washington Post: They were the world’s only all-female army. Their descendants are fighting to recapture their humanity. . “History is often told through the lens of conquerors. Generations of American schoolchildren learned more about the 15th century ‘discoveries’ of Christopher Columbus than his record of enslaving Indigenous people. Britain framed its 1897 takeover of a storied West African kingdom as a ‘punitive mission,’ glossing over the mass theft of priceless bronzes. After France seized what is now southern Benin in 1894, colonial officers disbanded the territory’s unique force of women warriors, opened new classrooms and made no mention in the curriculum of the Amazons. Even today, many in the country of 12 million know little about their foremother.”