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A Wrinkled Smile

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Spread the love           A short story based on real life that explores various layers of relationships, by Anumita, our Managing Editor, exclusively for Different Truths. Kathy watched the bony fingers holding her arm and smiled at the twinkling eyes looking at her. Those eyes were surrounded with wrinkles yet a vibrancy emitted from this person. She […]


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Empowerment and Wellbeing of African Women

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Spread the love           Many cultural customs and traditions infringe on the rights of women and children by subjecting them to abuse, in keeping with Africa’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda, and as part of its advocacy activities. As African women receive education and are recognised with a higher legal status, they provide their households with […]


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Anansi and the Wisdom Pot

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Spread the love           Anansi is a part of the African folklore. He a popular character in many regions of Africa and is known by many names. He is a trickster character, someone who tries to trick others, but often finds himself trapped in his own web. Here’s a story, recounted by Kiren, how wisdom came to […]


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The Inspiring Story of the African American, George Washington Carver

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Spread the love           Veena Gavankar came across the English biography, George Washington Carver, an African American agriculturist, botanist, inventor and environmentalist, written by Shirley Graham and George Lipscomb. She was fascinated with his life and wanted to share his inspiring story with her children. She went on to do a lot of research on Carver and […]


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African Women Stand Tall against Female Genital Mutilation

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Spread the love           Butchering girls’ private parts, cutting out healthy flesh in the name of religious ritual is barbaric. Whenever a girl or a woman gets cut, she becomes exposed to numeric infection, including HIV, which is the deadliest of all. Statistics says the places where this practice still takes place are high in HIV infected […]


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The Girl Who Married a Stranger

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Spread the love           Tutu recounts a popular folktale from the Calabar region of Nigeria. It’s about a stunning young woman, Afiong. She had bright eyes and velvety smooth skin, the colour of the deepest golden honey. She was also tall and carried herself with poise and grace. But, she was vain and turned down several marriage […]


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Osun: The River Goddess of Africa

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Spread the love           The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is situated along the Osun River in the city of Osogbo and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here, a statue of the goddess Osun stands by the river with her arms outstretched as if to welcome visitors to her forest. Since ancient times, worshippers arrive at the Osun […]


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Confetti in a Storm

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Spread the love           n intriguing story by Ismail that describes a day in the life of a poet. A Different Truths exclusive for the Special Feature on Africa. I’ve got to. Got to write it. Yes; the poem. It’s been on my mind for sometime: for quite a long time. I haven’t got any idea on […]


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Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

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Spread the love           Arindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati […]


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Sir VS Naipaul: A Literary Giant; an Apparent Bundle of Contradictions

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Spread the love           Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was a very misunderstood character and the interesting part is that he never made any effort to erase that misunderstanding wither through his writings or his personal life. He could be disarmingly charming, but for that to happen, the other person would have to make an effort to see […]


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